Author: Sister Therese Ann Rich

The Uniqueness of The Ursulines

Italy in the 16th century offered women little chance to achieve any leadership or authority in their lives, nor could they live their spirituality in the world. Then a woman who signified the changing tide, Angela Merici, came along and opened new doors to the women of her time. That was the message delivered by […]

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God Is One. Yet God Is Three.

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday – the first Sunday after Pentecost  a time of year that Popes and Bishops, Councils and Synods, have, for years  thought it good and wise to remind the millions of seekers – the millions of faithful – for whom they care – that God is a mystery which is best […]

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Receive the Holy Spirit

Some of us can remember a time when locking doors was simply not something people did. neighborhoods were communities that looked out for each other. Strangers coming into the midst were noted. But beyond this there was a trust and companionship that marked the atmosphere and locking doors seemed unnecessary. Today our neighborhoods tend to […]

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Not Your Typical Nun Story

The story of how Sister Judy Shoff came to be an Ursuline Sister of Youngstown is unique. She was Protestant. She was married with children. But God’s call to Catholicism and Religious life transcended those boundaries.   In her 40s, her family obligations met, Sister Judy answered that call first by volunteering with the Ursuline […]

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Go Into the World

It would have been easy for the disciples to assume that everything was over. The call, the commitment, the commission could have all ended on that fateful Friday, when the one to whom they had committed their lives was murdered. Even in the face of the resurrection, there did not have to be an understanding […]

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