The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown today join with many nationwide, including the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, calling for comprehensive immigration reform in light of President Trump’s announcement that he’s rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act.
“The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown support the call of many religious leaders to urge Congressional action to protect those who came to the United States as children,” states Sister Mary McCormick, general superior. “We share the vision of Jesus to ‘welcome the stranger’ [Matthew 25:35] in our midst. Moreover, the vision of DACA seems to be reasonable — to stabilize the lives of the young people who have lived most of their lives in the United States.”
The Ursuline Sisters minister with many immigrant families. As Catholic nuns, we respond together to meet the critical needs of God’s people in Youngstown and northeast Ohio and have since 1874.
St. Angela Merici founded the Ursuline Order in Italy in 1535. She was a woman of faith and vision who served the Church and sought to be an instrument of change in her world. Today the Sisters live Gospel values, desire to deepen our relationship with Christ, support one another in community, and strive to make a difference in the world.
We minister in the areas of education, health care, social service, parish work, marketing and development with a focus on poverty. We sponsor several nonprofit programs, such as Beatitude House, HIV/AIDS, and Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten, and we co-sponsor the Dorothy Day House in Youngstown.