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Ursulines and Grey Nuns Collaborate

Posted 1/30/2018


    "Less than a year after their foundation, the Ursulines had the pleasure of welcoming to Toledo the Grey Nuns of Montreal who were to establish a hospital and an orphanage in Toledo. During the several months while their residence was being prepared the newcomers shared the close quarters of the Ursulines."

    "The warm friendship formed at this time between the two communities has grown and deepened through the years. In return for the five beds once occupied by the Grey Nuns in 1855, the Ursulines have occupied a countless number of beds as patients at St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center."  Over a period of many years the two communities gathered to share prayer, meals, and to enhance friendships.

    "The tie that binds the two communities antedates this association by over a century, for Mother Marguerite de 'Youville,  foundress of the Grey Nuns, received her education at the Ursuline Convent in old Quebec. When 11 year old Marguerite entered as a boarder in 1712, Venerable Mere Marie of the Incarnation had been dead only 40 years, and the memory of the heroic nun was fragrant in the historic Convent, often designated the center of French culture in Quebec."


Material within quotation marks was taken from The Tree in the Valley written by Sister Lelia Mahoney, OSU.