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Yearly Ursuline Experience in Montana is Enlightening and Enriching

Posted 9/4/2017

This summer, Sister Carol Reamer and Associates Lois Manion and Beulah Horn joined other Ursuline Sisters, Associates, teachers and students for the “Montana Ursuline Experience” in Great Falls, Montana.

L-R Associates Lois Manion, Beulah Horn, Sr. Carol ReamerL-R Associates Lois Manion, Beulah Horn, Sr. Carol Reamer

During the week-long “Montana Ursuline Experience,” participants explored the heritage of the Ursuline Missions, first developed by 6 Toledo Ursuline Sisters with Mother Amadeus Dunne as the leader. The Ursuline Sisters experienced Native American culture, and learned about the exploration of the West. The trip also included field trips to several Ursuline sites in Montana, like a trip to the St. Paul Mission, a venture to St. Ignatius, Montana where Mother Amadeus Dunne is buried, and a visit to some of the country that Lewis and Clark explored following the Missouri River, hoping to find the Northwest Passage.

“In the heart of the city of Great Falls, seeing the wildflowers, sagebrush, black angus cows roaming and grazing, and elk and buffalo in the pastures was a real treat,” says Lois Manion. “My highlight of the trip was going to Mass on an Indian reservation. Also, I did not know of the Indians’ desire for their children’s education. The Ursuline Sisters were welcomed and made a difference in those children’s lives.”Grave stone - Mother Amadeus DunneGrave stone - Mother Amadeus Dunne

Despite the fact that Beulah Horn had read the book Lady Blackrobes before arriving in the city of Great Falls, she enjoyed the slideshow of the same themes as if she were a part of the adventures. She loved the Indian prayers and rituals, especially the Smudging blessing.

Sister Carol Reamer brought home the friendships of the other participants. We all came with love for Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines almost 500 years ago. Those women, men, and students, who already admired and loved her, came away with new ambitions to spread love and openness to others. Amadeus and her companions worked against racism. May we learn from them.