Almost 200 attendees from 16 Ursuline communities in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Peru held a spiritual family reunion in St. Louis, Missouri, July 25-28.
|suor Teresa Maya, CCVI,|
|Company of St. Ursula|
|Pat Harris & students|
North American Ursulines and their Associates, Ursuline educators, co-workers, and friends made up “Angela’s Family Celebrating, Converging, Expanding” described in the convocation’s theme. Saint Angela Merici (1474-1540) founded the Ursulines.
Vitality marked the days with a positive future orientation.
Diversity in ages and specific vocations (consecrated life, marriage, singlehood, priestly ordination) opened a window on the future. Participants prayed, pondered, shared and celebrated their thoughts, feelings and visions for living the charism of St. Angela and conveying it to the next generation.
Keynote speaker Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI, inspired, entertained, and challenged the assembly. Charism, the spiritual gift that unifies and identifies St. Angela’s family, was her focus. She stressed the Ursuline charism of loving relationship with Christ and with others, in special attentiveness to women and girls. This gift intersects with human need in the present and offers a path into a new future.
Sister Teresa has served in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (2016-2019). She is an internationally renowned speaker, advocate and humanitarian known for her energy, humor and considerable knowledge of 21st century religious issues.
A quilt representing all the North American Ursuline communities graced the gathering space at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch for this tenth triennial Convocation. It had appeared at the first Convocation in Cincinnati in 1992, along with a booklet explaining each symbolic patch. Michelle Scazzero, Communications Director for the Ursulines of Toledo, used twenty-first-century technology to revise the 1992 booklet. The colorful new version served as a memento.
The program also included 12 breakout sessions about Saint Angela Merici, Care for Creation, historical and new developments in Ursuline life, spirituality, and education.