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Life on Lowder St Blog

Whether it is lessons in the classroom, athletics, the arts, service or community events, there is always something exciting happening at Ursuline Academy. Read all about it in the Life on Lowder Street Blog!

Living Simply, Loving Well
  • Faculty
  • Service

There is a saying that “if you want to love the poor, walk with them.”  Five Ursuline students and two faculty members lived out this saying in June by spending a week at the Bethlehem Farm Catholic community in Alderson, West Virginia and working in the local community on service projects to assist local families. The volunteers worked on a range of projects, including farming, construction, painting, gardening, and cooking for those who were out on job sites.  By witnessing poverty up close, coming to know local families on a personal level, working with animals, learning sustainable farming practices, and spending time in prayer and reflection, the students were exposed to a life-changing experience.

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  • Service

During the 2016-2017 school year, Ursuline students and parents once again showed their compassion and generosity by raising money to assist Syrian refugee families.  Sr. Elisa Ryan, Vocation Director for the Ursuline Sisters, recently reached out to thank the Dedham community for the assistance they provided to the Sisters who welcomed refugees in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.  The Ursuline spirit provided funds to enable simple yet indispensable items like school supplies and uniforms, and larger items like much needed medical assistance.  

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  • Alumnae
  • Service

This year, two members of the class of 2017 served at a popular site for past Ursuline students - the Ellis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Norwood. Alex Rota and Ashley Mullen had both been fulfilling their year-long service requirements for five years at Ursuline, and they had been sitting in the audience as past seniors spoke about their service on Class Day for just as long. When it came time to select their service site for this year, they had a lot to reflect on before making their decision.

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  • Alumnae

Two young Ursuline alumnae have a lot in common, from their days on the UA basketball court to their current careers as broadcast journalists. Caitlin Burchill '08 and Juli McDonald '06 began as fellow students, and have remained friends as fellow news reporters, with careers that have intersected and spanned the country.

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  • Alumnae

Mary Kate Harrington ‘10, Carolyn Thorne ‘90, and Nancy Sinclair ‘86

The Ursuline tradition continued as the Alumnae office held its 20th annual Women In Leadership symposium in early March.  We proudly welcomed back to campus three alumnae who shared their experiences from their days at Ursuline to their current career roles.

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