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    Ursuline College Heritage + Highlights


    November 25th

    SAINT ANGELA HEARS HER CALLING Angela Merici envisions a world in which women are empowered to serve their faith and their communities. Inspired by an early martyr, Saint Ursula, she establishes the Company of Saint Ursula with 12 young women in Brescia, Italy. Over time, Ursulines will expand their ministry throughout Europe and around the world. “Act, move, believe, strive, hope, cry out to God with all your heart, for without doubt you will see marvelous things, if you direct everything to the praise and glory of God’s majesty and the good of souls.” Prologue to the Counsels of St. Angela Merici Photo of the College's St. Angela Garden by Robert Muller.



    August 1st

    URSULINE SISTERS ARRIVE IN CLEVELAND Four brave Ursuline Sisters and an English laywoman leave Boulogne-sur-Mer in France by ship (surviving a fierce storm en route) to establish the first Catholic schools in the newly formed Diocese of Cleveland. Making the voyage are: Mother Mary of the Annunciation Beaumont; Mother des Seraphines Young; Mother Saint Charles Boudalier; Sister Saint Benôit Piquet; Arabella Seymour, who became Sister Mary Saint Austin. Image: side view of the convent, 1863. Photo courtesy Ursuline College Archives.


    September 1st

    URSULINES AS EDUCATORS Upon arriving in Cleveland from France, Ursuline Sisters get straight to work opening an academy for 300 pupils in less than a month. As their congregation grows and Catholic schools open across Greater Cleveland, they ride streetcars from downtown to their teaching assignments. Ursuline Sisters have since taught in Greater Cleveland at every level from elementary school through graduate school. Photo circa 1850 courtesy Cleveland Public Library/Photograph Collection.

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    November 17th

    URSULINE COLLEGE FOUNDED Mother Mary of the Annunciation Beaumont, the first superior of the Cleveland Ursulines and a pioneering woman indeed, obtains a charter from the State of Ohio to establish Ohio’s first Catholic college for women. The new College is located in the same building as Ursuline Academy and focuses on the liberal arts. Photo courtesy Ursuline College Archives


    November 18th

    URSULINE’S DISTINCTIVE CAMPUSES Ursuline College occupies a series of architecturally distinctive buildings in its first century. 1871-1893 -- Euclid Avenue and East 4th Street. Jonathan Goldsmith, Master Builder; 1893 -1922 -- East 55th Street and Scovill Avenue. Charles Schweinfurth, architect; 1922-1927 -- Euclid Ave. in Cleveland’s University Circle. Meade and Garfield, architects; 1926-1966 -- Overlook Road, Cleveland. Three different mansions. Kelley and Sherwin mansions by Meade and Garfield; Cuddy-Gilman mansion by J. Milton Dyer; Photos courtesy Ursuline College Archives.



    September 1st

    PEPPER PIKE CAMPUS OPENS Award-winning architect Peter van Dijk designs the current Pepper Pike campus which opens in 1966. The original buildings reflect a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic with touches of the Brutalist Style and are built into the sloping topography with a dam forming a pond as a unifying point. Wrote Sister Anna Margaret Gilbride, OSU, “When classes started … it was the first time that Ursuline had a campus with brand new buildings, and a whole new era opened for the college.”



    September 1st

    URSULINE’S NURSING PROGRAM ESTABLISHED The Diocese of Cleveland closes its Saint John College and asks Ursuline to absorb St. John’s nursing program. The Breen School of Nursing and Health Professions grows to become a nationally recognized Center of Excellence (National League for Nursing) and Ursuline’s highest-enrolled field of study. Photo courtesy Ursuline College Archives.



    December 2nd

    URSULINE COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE Ursuline College graduate Sister Dorothy Kazel, OSU, is martyred for her work with the poor in El Salvador, along with three other American churchwomen. This tragedy turns attention to the civil war raging in that country and the plight of the poor worldwide. Deeply committed to social justice, 14 Ursuline Sisters serve in El Salvador between 1968 and 2014.



    September 1st

    URSULINE ON THE BALL Student-athletes begin competing in inter-collegiate sports. The Ursuline Arrows are now a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division II level. Tradition holds that St. Ursula, to whom St. Angela dedicated her “company of women,” was martyred by an arrow, thus the team name, Arrows. Photo courtesy Ursuline College Archives.



    November 17th

    THANKFUL FOR 150 YEARS, LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Ursuline College celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2021 with gratitude to God for countless blessings. The only women-focused college in America founded and continuously led by women, Ursuline transforms students for service, leadership, and professional excellence. We look to the future with hope for the next 150 years! Photo by Robert Muller.