When violence erupted in Ukraine in late February, the response from the Ursuline Academy community was broad and swift. School leadership quickly learned that the Ursuline Sisters of the Polish Province were working to provide humanitarian relief to the Ukrainian people. (The Ursuline Sisters have a global reach for their ministries, including four locations in Ukraine.) Located close to the Ukrainian border, the Sisters have been collecting donations to provide direct support to refugees from the violence in their homeland. With the spirit of Serviam (“I will serve”) as the driving force, the Dedham Ursuline community rallied to send support to the Sisters’ lifesaving work.
The first of these efforts occurred on March 11, when faculty members organized a schoolwide bake sale with all proceeds going to the Ursuline Sisters. Three long tables in the school lobby were brimming with cookies, candy, and goods baked by faculty for purchase throughout the day. Teachers not only baked for the sale but also packaged the goods and staffed the tables. Ursuline students have also initiated efforts to help the cause. The Student Council and Crochet Club collaborated to make Ukrainian flag pins and scarves that were sold as a sign of solidarity and support, with the proceeds again going to the Ursuline Sisters. These two efforts combined raised approximately $1500.
On March 16, Ursuline held its annual All In for Ursuline day of giving to support the Fund for Ursuline. Donors had the option of designating a portion of their gift for the humanitarian relief efforts of the Ursuline Sisters; within a week of the day of giving, over $2300 was on its way to Poland to provide immediate assistance. Looking forward, Ursuline in Dedham will join with other Ursuline schools in an International Day of Serviam on May 14, designed to unite all Ursuline schools in a single day of service. The main event for the Dedham school will be “Ursuline Unites for Ukraine,” a community yard sale with all proceeds destined for the Ursuline Sisters’ work in Poland and Ukraine. The sale is will be held at 85 Lowder Street in Dedham on May 14 from 10 a.m. - to 1 p.m., and the public is cordially invited.