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MISSION
The Society of St. Ursula, founded by Anne de Xainctonge in 1606 in Dole, France, is an apostolic community of religious women."To make Jesus Christ known and loved for the glory of the Father": in consecrating herself to God, Anne had this one desire. For this she wanted companions who were completely given to Jesus Christ, women who were deeply spiritual and thoroughly grounded in the truths of the faith. Anne clearly identified the essential elements which the Society must keep to remain faithful to its mission: the Christian education of girls and women, the absence of cloister, Ignatian spirituality.

This same inspiration brings us together in community.It commits us to share in the Church's mission of education to young people and women, with a preference for the poor.

The mosaics of Anne de Xainctonge and Notre Dame's Crest were designed by our art teacher, Mr. Andy Weeks. During orientation 2007, the school community, in 2 groups of 150 students, painted over 300, 3" square pieces. The 9th and 12th grades created Anne's mosaic and the 10th and 11th grades worked on the school crest.

We had a small group meetings for our first value of the year: Respect. Our 305 students broke up into21 small groups of 16 students. The were led by 62 newly trained group leaders called: Anne's Leaders. Reports from everyone involved were very favorable. We have two books this year: Anne's Leader's Handbooks and Anne de Xainctonge's Values Curriculum Workbook.

Because our apostolic vocation is rooted in our consecration to Jesus Christ, the One sent by the Father, our activity finds in him its source and fulfillment. Our entire life should be a sharing in the unfolding of his mystery.

Therefore, by our life of humble service, as Anne de Xainctonge wished, we will not carry great torches which cast a brilliant light in the Church, but we 'will carry little lamps which shall enlighten young girls, servants, the poor and women, in order to make God known and adored through his divine Son Our Lord.'" 

(Constitutions Society of St. Ursula of Anne de Xainctonge)

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(L-R) Ellen Marie Donnelly, SU, Elizabeth Anne DiPippo, SU, and Elizabeth DiTolla, SU
The orientations of the General Congregation 2000 find their foundation and impetus in the texts of GC 94. Grounded in the text on Mission, today we want to deepen our response to what we perceive, in this new millennium, as current and urgent calls from ourselves, from the Church and from the world (Const 7-8).

In the first place, we again feel moved and called to encourage each of us to deepen our personal relationship with Jesus Christ through a re-immersion in the spirituality of Ignatius and Anne. For us, these words and this manner of expression and living speak the language of the heart.

As educators in the faith, we choose to walk the road of gospel non-violence in all the aspects in which it touches our lives especially personal relationships, the spirituality of the earth and issues of justice and peace.

These orientations suggest concrete ways of proceeding over the next five years. Personal conversion, prayer, initial and on-going formation, reading, collaboration with others, time spent in Sabbath, communal sharing and regular consciousness examen, appropriate corporate commitment, inter-regional projects and, above all, processes of discernment will help point the way.


Catherine Gormley, SU and Kathleen Donnelly, SU
May our response to these calls, in the offering of our individual freedom, human understanding and personal will, mark us indelibly as members of the Society of Saint Ursula. May our very lives be the living signature of our commitment to Jesus Christ alive and active in our world. 

Mary Dolan, SU with Notre Dame staff