On September 22. a resolution honoring the social, cultural and political contributions of Catholic sisters and the roles they have played in shaping life in the United States was unanimously approved by those present in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The resolution, HR 441, pays tribute to the first Catholic sisters to live and work in the United States – nine Ursuline Sisters who journeyed from France to New Orleans in 1727; to the sisters work establishing the nation’s largest private school system; building hospitals, orphanages and charitable institutions; caring for the poor; and serving as activists in promoting peace, justice and democracy. HR 441 further recognize the sisters’ roles in opening the American West, nursing the sick during epidemics and “managing organizations long before similar positions were open to women.”

LCWR History Committee
LCWR History Committee

The resolution was introduced by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) last May and co-sponsored by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH, 17th district), Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-OH, 6th district) and 65 members from both parties in response to the “Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” traveling exhibit. The exhibit is sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

The full text of the resolution is available on the LCWR Web site.


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  1. Yes, if you live in or near Cleveland. This exhibit is scheduled to be at The Maltz Museum of the Jewish heritage May 8 – August 28, 2010.

  2. Is this exhibition on display closer to home. I would love to see it in person.

  3. I got to see the exhibit in Cincinnati Ohio when it first opened. I hope that all who can will go to see. I was taught by the St. Francis Sisters out of Mishawaka IN. I am forever grateful for their academic preparation for me; I now have 2 Master’s degrees!

    Blessings on all your work for every citizen in the country.

  4. In the halls of the Ursuline Motherhouse at 4250 Shields Rd. there is a pictorial gallery done by Joe Rudinek and it includes all the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown in their wide variety of ministries. It is well worth a visit.

  5. I would love to see this exhibit. The Ursuline Sisters were the 1st nuns to come to what is now the United States (when they came to New Orleans in 1727, that part of the country was not part of the colonies). In fact, the Ursuline Sisters were the 1st nuns to come to the new world (Marie of the Incarnation and other Ursulines 1st came to Quebec in 1639). What a contribution the Ursulines and other Women Religious have made to the United States and the new world.

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