In 1874, Youngstown was a budding industrial community with many immigrants and few teachers. A priest at St. Columba Parish called upon his sibling, an Ursuline Sister of Cleveland, to come help, and our ministry in the Mahoning Valley was born.
We are the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, Catholic nuns responding together to the most critical needs of God’s people in northeast Ohio. We live the Gospel and adapt our ministries to meet the times.
Our ministries include the founding of and continuing educational endeavors at Ursuline High School (1905) and The Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten (1963). Some Sisters teach at other schools, in higher education and online. An immeasurable number of students have benefited from our care and educational expertise.
In 2017 as part of our legacy planning, we established Ursuline Ministries, created to oversee many of our ministries, including Beatitude House and Ursuline Scholars, HIV/AIDS, Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten, and The Ursuline Center’s adult education, health and wellness programs. Ursuline Ministries will help us maintain the vitality of these vibrant ministries long into the future.
Beatitude House (1991), with locations in Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties, has helped thousands of homeless women and their children break the generational cycle of poverty by providing transitional housing, guidance in parenting and other assistance. Its educational arm, English Language Learners, Youngstown, helps immigrant women and children prosper through educational and other assistance. Ursuline Sisters Scholars helps low-income college students, particularly those with young children, with support services designed to help them succeed.
Our Ursuline Sisters’ HIV/AIDS Ministry (1993) responds to the needs of the sick. It serves those infected with or affected by the virus through a Comprehensive Care Clinic, by serving meals and distributing grocery items, and providing tutoring and mentoring for children.
Through The Ursuline Center (1993) we serve the educational, spiritual and wellness needs of more than 1,000 children, youth and adults weekly with Enrichment Classes, Spiritual Direction and Retreats, a Labyrinth, Prison Ministry, Pastoral and Bereavement Counseling, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Motherhouse Pool ministry, SilverSneakers Fitness Program and more.
We assist college students and young adults in becoming tomorrow’s leaders through our Young Adult Outreach Ministry (2011), offering a variety of Service Learning opportunities such as AmeriCorps Service Positions, Companions in Mission, Internships and Volunteering, and Alternative Spring Breaks.
Ursuline Sisters Senior Living (2013) provides apartments for independent seniors of moderate income in a safe and secure environment that they would not otherwise be able to afford.
We also minister as Social Workers in rehabilitation and nursing home facilities, as Chaplains in area healthcare, in area parishes, and in prayer.
Our ministries are rooted in the charism of our founder, St. Angela Merici. Our lives are enriched through prayer, community and service to others. Our mission is to bring our spirit, vision and presence to northeast Ohio for generations to come. If you are interested in joining us, we invite you to learn more about becoming an Ursuline Sister, an Ursuline Associate, or contributing financially.