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Ursulines Converge at North American Ursuline Convocation

Posted 7/31/2019

Three Toledo Ursuline Sisters and three Associates joined nearly 200 others at the 10th Annual North American Ursuline Convocation, July 25 – 28, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.

 The Convocation – “Angela’s Family: Celebrating, Converging, Expanding,” provided an opportunity for Ursuline Sisters, Associates, faculty, staff, board members, students and friends of the Ursuline schools to listen and learn more about
St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline Sisters.

Sister Claudia Holtz, who attended the Convocation, reflects: “Congratulations are due to the team who, under
Sr. Carol Reamer’s leadership, took on the task of putting this Convocation together. The approximately 180 Sisters and Associates who gathered in St. Louis could not have been more enthusiastic. It was such a joy to see the many groups of Sisters and laity so eager to share and to learn of the many ways Angela’s charism is being played out today in so many different ministries, in the many Ursuline Academies, all throughout the United States and other countries.L- Sr. Teresa; R - Sr. CarolL- Sr. Teresa; R - Sr. Carol

"Sister Teresa Maya, the keynote speaker, is a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. If one had not known this, one might well have believed that Sr. Teresa was an Ursuline. She presented so beautifully and thoroughly on the life and works of St. Angela. Her presentation touched on the conditions in our church and in our world as very similar to the time in which Angela ministered and formed her followers to do likewise in keeping with their own gifts and circumstances.

There were three periods of four breakout sessions, each providing four different topics of interest from which attendees could choose. All were well-attended. Our own Associate Barb Torio’s session, titled “Spirituality for Persons with Alzheimer’s and Other Related Diseases,” was so well received that there were invitations that she would be invited to other Ursuline communities to present for their Sisters.

There were many opportunities for people to mix and share during these presentations and meal times, as meals were included in the hotel registration. It was truly a happy, heart-warming and inspiring opportunity to meet and greet so many Ursulines and Ursuline Associates and to rejoice in the fact that Angela is truly in our midst today, touching hearts and spreading the love of God, inspiring loving care for our neighbor and our environment.”