Saturday, November 25, 2017

Happy Foundation Day

Today we celebrate the 482nd anniversary of the Foundation of the Ursuline Order. On this day St. Angela Merici gathered with 28 of her companions and after attending Mass they signed their names or made their mark in the Book of the Company.  This humble gathering signaled the foundation of the Company of St. Ursula.  The Ursuline community has grown since that early foundation and today spans the globe.  There are now some 40 branches of Ursulines.  St. Angela’s message is alive and well today in her many followers.  As we honor St. Angela this day we also honor the reality that dreams can continue to grow.  Let us take to heart Angela’s message:  “Do something, get moving, risk new things...My last word which I urge upon you to the last drop of my blood, is that you remain in harmony, united together, all of one heart and one will. Be bound one to the other by the bond of charity, respecting each other, helping each                 other and bearing with each other in Jesus Christ… See how important is this union and concord; long for it, pursue it, embrace it, and hold on to it with all your might. (Last Counsel) 

Happy Anniversary to all those who claim Angela as their foundress!

Pat Schifini, OSU

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