Ursuline Academy kicked off a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary on Saturday, April 17, with a commemorative Mass live streamed from St. Cecilia Parish in Boston. The church’s stunning beauty and its location in Boston’s Back Bay made it a logical choice for the celebration, as Ursuline’s first campus was just a few blocks away on Arlington Street.
A welcome and call to worship were delivered by Kate Levesque’77, President, and by Sr. Angela Krippendorf ‘59, OSU, former Provincialate of the Northeast Province of the Ursuline Sisters. Fine Arts Chairperson Susan Glancy, Bella Coe ‘21, and Allee O’Neil ‘21 provided the vocals and Dr. Erica Johnson accompanied them on the organ.
In his homily, Fr. John Unni paid homage to Saint Angela Merici and to the Ursuline Sisters for laying the groundwork for a network of schools dedicated to educating women of purpose and integrity, and emphasized the importance of faith-filled women leaders in the world.
“The vision of this woman of the 16th century sets the ground for Ursuline’s work in the 21st century, and really for all of our work, women and men alike. On the 75th anniversary of Ursuline Academy, which started here in the Back Bay right down the street, [Ursuline] continues the vision of the woman from another era, but it continues it in this era, for all of us to love, to serve with integrity and confidence, and to educate girls into the women leaders that they will be.”
Ursuline is grateful to Fr. Unni, the staff of St. Cecilia Parish, and to all who planned or participated in the Mass for helping to make this beautiful celebration a reality. For information on more events celebrating the 75th anniversary, please visit our 75th Anniversary web page.