Ursuline Academy Alumnae Newsletter IX- January, 2019


Classmates from the Class of 1977 joined Kate Levesque in the celebration of her commissioning as president of Ursuline Academy. From left to right, Rebecca Reynolds, Rosemary Flynn O'Koren, Fran Simeone, Kate Nolan Levesque, Kathy Nee Baxter, and Kathleen Lynch Moncato.

Kate Levesque '77 Commissioned as Ursuline's Next President

The Ursuline Academy community gathered together to celebrate and bless the presidency of Kathleen Nolan Levesque '77 at a joy- and music-filled Mass on Friday, December 7. The Mass was not only the formal beginning of Levesque's tenure, but was an affirmation of the spirit and mission of the Academy. Ursuline faculty, staff, students and families were joined by heads of brother and sister Catholic schools, Levesque's classmates from 1977 (see photo above) and other alumnae, local politicians and representatives from charitable and service organizations with whom Ursuline partners.  The crowd of approximately 650 filled the Reynolds Family Athletic & Convocation Center nearly to capacity, and the Ursuline Academy Choral Group and accompanists on piano, trumpet, violin, flute and box drum filled it with song. "Ubi Caritas" and "Canticle of the Turning" provided a poignant backdrop to the ceremony.  Click here to see video highlights.


Trivia Night is Back --
Raise your hand if you're in!

Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m.

Time to brush up on your trivia! Last year over 100 alumnae, parents, faculty and staff gathered in the Ursuline Tea Room and our alumnae team from the Class of 1986 emerged victorious. Who will it be this year?


Get your team together and RSVP to specialevents@usulineacademy.net  with participant names today!  Free admission, with complimentary appetizers and cash bar.


Alumnae Sisterhood Strong at Senior Retreat

Ursuline campus ministers Katie McNally '10 and Bridgette Clarke send their deep appreciation out to the many alumnae who gave a weekend in November volunteering as a Senior Retreat leader, many for the first time on the retreat team. Thank you to Kerry Cashman '91, Shannon Dwyer Connery '04, Sydney Conti '15, Allison Dow '16, Eve Kelley '86, Myra Kenny '10, Shannon Mansfield '12, Chanel Mazzone '12, Caitlin Romano '97, Lexi Schneider '10, Julianne Webster '17 and Ola Youssef '17. Myra Kenny recently suffered a serious health issue and we ask you to keep her and her family in your prayers.

Be a Part of Ursuline History with Engraved Pavers


Luisa Tosi Claeys '63 and her husband Richard (left) traveled to Switzerland this year to see their son and his family who are living there. They also came back to campus for a visit this fall and posed with their engraved paver outside the new Reynolds Center.


Large bluestone pavers and smaller square stone pavers are available for purchase until April 1st to be part of our spring engraving season. 


Let's Keep in Touch

Class Agents Wanted!

Would you be willing to serve as Class Agent for your class? We hope to enlist an alumna (or two) from each graduation year to help us keep in touch with you and your classmates for reunions, service programs and other gatherings.  If you would be interested in helping to gather and maintain contact info for your class, please email Susan Hehir at shehir@ursulineacademy.net.  If you have signed up for this role in the past and wish to continue, please let us know!



Stay Connected!

Alumnae Directory Coming Soon!

We will soon be unveiling an online directory for all Ursuline alumnae. Owned and updated by you, the directory will be a useful tool for keeping in touch, getting back in touch, or reaching out to alumnae in your area or your professional field. The directory will only display information that you provide specifically for this purpose - not information you may have provided to Ursuline in the past. The more alumnae who opt into the directory by providing their information, the more effective it will be as a tool for you to reconnect with other Ursuline alumnae.


Click the button below to update your profile in the directory database. Once you submit your information, consider forwarding this email to a classmate who may have lost touch with the Academy.

Alumnae on Campus


The Class of 2018 returned to campus on January 11 to receive their yearbooks and catch up with their classmates in the Alumnae Room in the Reynolds Center.


Charlotte Marquis '13 Visits Junior Guidance Classes

Mrs. Ferrucci's 11th-grade guidance classes welcomed back to campus Dr. Charlotte Marquis '13 (pictured with Mrs. Ferrucci). Charlotte graduated from Edinburgh College in Scotland and is doing her veterinary work at a practice she started in Arizona. She gave an informative talk on her experience applying to colleges and choosing a school overseas. Her remarks to the juniors included sage advice about persistance. "The important thing is what happens after you fail and how you respond the next time." She encouraged the girls to cast a wide net as it will bring them to where they are meant to be.


Catherine Treseler '18 Home for the Holidays

Midshipman Catherine Treseler, UA '18 returned to campus the week before Christmas and visited Mrs. Ferrucci's grade 11 guidance classes to talk about her college process and her plebe year at the US Naval Academy.


We welcome alumnae back to talk with current students about their experiences.  Please contact Director of School Counseling Mary Ferrucci at mferrucci@ursulineacademy.net if you are interested in visiting.

Alumnae Event Calendar

Mark your calendars! Join your Ursuline "sisters" at one of our upcoming programs. Stay connected with the Office of Alumnae Relations and watch your mail and  for your invitations. We look forward to seeing you soon!



February 7, 2019 
Trivia Night: Ursuline Alumnae vs. Ursuline Parents
Sharpen your trivia knowledge and join Ursuline alumnae and parents for a fun evening of community-building in the Ursuline Tea Room, 7 p.m. Appetizers provided. Cash bar.


February 14, 2019

Legacy Breakfast

Our annual legacy breakfast celebrates Ursuline legacy families. If you are an alumna with a daughter, niece or granddaughter who is a current student at Ursuline Academy, please join us for some Valentine's Day breakfast treats in the Reynolds Center Alumnae Room, 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 14th. RSVP by Feb. 8 to alumnae@ursulineacademy.net.  


March 26, 2019

Mind, Body and Soul Series: A Virtual Tour of Brescia
Alumnae are invited back to campus for an evening event in our I.D.E.A. Hub on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m., where we will explore the birthplace of St. Angela Merici - Brescia, Italy - past and present, through a virtual tour and presentation. Light supper will be provided. RSVP to Susan Hehir at alumnae@ursulineacademy.net.


April 11, 2019 
Alumnae Reception - Boston
Save the Date!  Details to follow on our third annual Boston event. Join your Ursuline sisters for some appetizers and conversation as you connect with classmates and fellow alumnae.                                        

Summer Service Opportunity for Ursuline Alumnae

The Ursuline Sisters will offer an opportunity of volunteer service in McAllen, Texas, June 23-29, 2019 for women ages 18-30. Service will be with immigrant families at The Humanitarian Respite Center of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. Housing will be at San Juan Basilica Hotel nearby. Volunteers are asked to help pay their flights between their home and Harlingen Airport in Texas; financial grant money is available to supplement that. There is no additional cost for room and board or for the program.

See the attached flyer and contact Sr. Elisa Ryan (elisaosu@gmail.com) for more information.  It promises to be a great week of service, community and fun in the spirit of Serviam!

Life on Lowder Street

UA Basketball Wins Tournament

The Varsity Basketball team traveled to Bellingham High over the Christmas break to play in the 13th Annual Barry Hutchinson Memorial Tournament. They had victories over Bellingham High on December 27 and Douglas High on December 28 to win the Tournament. Ursuline Seniors Natalie McGrail and Alison Meade were selected for the Tournament All Star team. In addition, Alison Meade was selected as Tournament Most Valuable Player.


Teddies for Tots at Ursuline

Ursuline families donated a whopping 285 brand new teddy bears for our annual Teddies for Tots program in December. The bears were delivered to shelters in the Boston area by Ursuline parents and alumnae. Thanks to Athletic Director Michael O'Connor and Dean of Students Natalie Mayo for their organizational efforts, and to Mrs. Donna O'Connor P'03, '08, who organizes this program for Ursuline each year. 


Ursuline Communications Arts Video

This year, under the director of Communications Arts teacher Mrs. Pam Schnatterly, our Comm Arts students have been producing and sharing monthly videos highlighting school news and student culture here at Ursuline.  Take a peek at the Lowder News Christmas broadcast here! 

Class Notes

This is Ursuline!

This fall we introduced a new video to help us tell the world what is great about the Ursuline community. We invite you to watch  "This is Ursuline" and share it on social media or email it to friends who may be considering private school for their daughter. The video features several of our young alumnae, most notably Principal Mary-Kate Tracy-Robidoux '94.


Class of '68 pals Sharon Reed-Eramian, Kris Moroz Nazarro and Kathy Dunn Rogers enjoy the fall air at Ponkapoag Golf Course October 2018.


Elizabeth David-Dembrowsky '96  

is excited to share that Good Counsel Services, Inc. received its first major grant from Santander Bank, allowing them to continue their workforce development program in 2019. They are thrilled to share that work to aid asylum seekers in the U.S. has expanded and they are looking for volunteers to help represent these men, women, and children in need. Special thanks to fellow UA bears Alison Mahoney '96, Amy (Pacheco) Jordan '96, and Christine Barton for their recent support. Anyone interested in being a part of our work to assist social impact leaders and the organizations they lead can reach out directly to Elizabeth at elizabeth@goodcounselinc.org


The team at Good Counsel are working to aid asylum seekers in the U.S.

In Memoriam


Sister Martin (Lucille Therese) Drouin, O.S.U., passed to eternal life on Dec. 28, 2018 at the age of 93. A resident of Ursuline communities in Maine and Massachusetts for many years, Sister Martin was known for her prayerful presence over the Dedham campus and its inhabitants. According to Principal Mary-Kate Tracy-Robidoux, "Sr. Martin would spend many hours in prayer each day and had a list of Ursuline family members and friends that she would pray for by name, unfailingly. Sr. Martin also possessed a keen memory, so once she knew that someone was ill or struggling, she would ask for a status update every time she saw you thereafter . . . it was as if she were tracking God's workings in our lives as a community of faith at Ursuline."



Barbarann Britt-Currier '74 / November 22, 2018

Carole "Sue" Coulon Fine '54 / sister of Anne Coulon Mathies '51 and  Julie Coulon '53 / November 28, 2018

Priscilla Gleason Johnson '65 / mother of Sarah Johnson Noone '98 / November 11, 2018

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