Leadership Team Installation
In late March the Ursuline Sisters gathered to elect the leadership team for the next four years. Sister Sandra Sherman was elected General Superior/President. On the General Council will be Sister Margaret Manion, Sister Claudia Holtz and Sister Nelda Chafitelli.
Sister Sandy and Sister Nelda served on previous leadership teams and Sister Margaret and Sister Claudia were re-elected as councilors. Sister Sandy said that "My deepest desire is that together we will live as best we are able as our Directional Statement proclaims: 'Living in holy relationship, a contemplative presence in an ever changing world.' By this I hope we can walk in time to the call of Pope Francis in the joy of the Gospel."
Installation took place Saturday, June 14, 2014 at a 4:00 liturgy. Celebrating the feast of the Holy Trinity, the scripture readings were most appropriate for the leadership team, Ursuline Community and those gathered. The words "encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace and the God of love and peace will be with you" (2Cor. 13:12) echoed the words of Angela Merici of living in harmony and supporting one another. What good company to be with – the Holy Trinity and Angela Merici. (Picture L-R: Sr. Nelda, Sr. Sandy, Sr. Claudia, Sr. Margaret)
Feast of the Sacred Heart
"let us keep the flame of charity burning in our hearts...
St. Angela – Ch. 10 - Rule
God's presence often goes unnoticed because we are looking for God somewhere else – in something grand or unusual, in something that stands out or is more noteworthy. Yet God only asks us to look across the table, across the room, around the corner or the next room.
As we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart this month, the Ursuline Sisters and Associates of the Sacred Heart are called to be at the very heart of life as Jesus was and still is. Jesus gave his all for us out of deep love. What can we give in return?
A statue of St. Angela stands in the heart of the marketplace in Desenzano, Italy. She wanted to be in the heart of the people of the city. Her life personifies for us how essential it is for us to take each day as a gift, see God in that gift and somehow give it away. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is the core of life for us. Angela knew this and she found the "Everyday God" in the life around her.
Down Memory Lane
Sister M. Emmanuel Heinlen
Sister Emmanuel Heinlen was born on June 16, 1902 and died on June 16, 2001 her 99th birthday. Sister Emmanuel was known for her teaching of Latin and the writing of several books in Latin. These books are now preserved in a Classical library at Miami University (OH).
In Sisters Emmanuel's retirement years at Ursuline Center she walked great distances daily and sometimes overestimated her energy and had to be "rescued" to return home.
She loved to play the piano and enjoyed apple pie as one of her favorite desserts. She was dearly loved and cherished by her Sisters in religion, her family, students and her many friends.
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