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Let Go and Let in the New

Posted 9/30/2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021, the Ursuline Community and St. Ursula Academy ritualized the upcoming transfer of the use of the Ursuline Center.

After the recent closure of the Ursuline Center nursing home in May, the Ursuline Sisters hosted a gathering to ritualize the call to new life that will be forthcoming with St. Ursula Academy eventually taking possession and use of the building. Former employees, present board members, Sisters, Associates, St. Ursula Academy administrators and many friends and supporters of both the Sisters and the school gathered in prayer to honor the holy ground upon which the Spirit blesses the new life.

The journey of the Ursuline Center began in 1985 when the Sisters moved into their then retirement home. Eventually Medicare and Medicaid licensing occurred and the Notre Dame Sisters were welcomed. Over time, other vowed men and women religious, immediate family members and Associates were also welcomed.

The prayer service interspersed themes of transition with the scripture reading of Moses and the burning bush, a bush that was never consumed by the fire, but kept on “living.” St. Ursula Academy’s Bella Voce choir sang the “Prayer of St. Angela” and lighting one candle from another symbolized the transfer of use of the building from the Sisters to the school.

Sister Sandy handed over the keys of the Ursuline Center to Mary Werner, president of St. Ursula Academy, with the words “… knowing that our legacy of Ursuline education and values will dwell here and be sent out to the world gives us a deep sense of joy and gratitude.” Mary responded with “…St. Ursula Academy will broaden and deepen the legacy of Ursuline education in this space. Light and joy will remain in the hearts, minds and souls of the young women we are called to transform.”

A going-forth blessing was given in the words of St. Angela Merici followed by singing of “Glory and Praise to Our God.” The social that followed was high with new energy, filled with gratitude and so many fond memories and experiences.

“Lord, help us to let go and let in the new.”