Ursulines celebrate 170 years
In 1845 eleven faithful and courageous women led by Sr. Julia Chatfield crossed the Atlantic from France in response to an invitation from Archbishop John Purcell to begin a school in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. After weeks of traveling they finally arrived at St. Martin, Ohio in Brown County on July 21, 1845. One-hundred and seventy years later we can look back in awe for those intrepid women who began here and celebrate the women who came after as we reflect on the many persons, places and ministries to which we have been called to serve. It is a graced journey filled with many surprises, a few hardships and constant reminders that we have truly been “led by an unseen hand”, as our Foundress Julia Chatfield said.
We will be telling our story this year in many ways beginning with our history. Throughout the year our newsletter Cornerstone will be highlighting both historical milestones and persons who have helped bring us to this time. We also will be offering some events to celebrate with all those who journey with us today and into our future.