Today the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula will celebrate 155 years of educating young women! What a wonderful achievement! MSU as it is fondly referred to by generations of alums is the oldest Catholic girls' high school in New York State, the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula was founded in 1855 in East Morrisania, New York City by Ursuline Sisters who came from St. Louis, Missouri. It was chartered in 1868 and has been located at Bedford Park Boulevard and Bainbridge Avenue since 1892. Owned and operated by the Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, Mount Saint Ursula is an independent, Catholic, college-preparatory school for girls. The total program is based on unchanging moral and spiritual values actualized in a curriculum and co-curriculum designed to meet the needs of today's students. Throughout its long history, the Mount's family spirit has always fostered deep interpersonal bonds among students, faculty, parents, and alumnae.
I have so many fond memories of MSU and friendships that began in high school continue to be a special part of my life today. There were many Ursulines who were my teachers who have become my friends in later years -- I am especially grateful for the gift of Marie Therese, Betty, Brenda, Beth -- who journeyed with me in high school and who continue to be a source of inspiration for me now.
Tonight 46 former Ursuline educators will be inducted into the AMSU Hall of Fame -- what a wonderful tribute to the women who continued the dream began 155 years ago! Thank you for your inspiration and for the countless young women you educated. May God continue to bless and keep you always!
To the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula -- Ad multos annos!
You can check out the 155 Anniversary video on amsu.org. It is a beautiful tribute to all that has been.