Campus Ministry within the Ursuline community is a collaborative effort to create an environment that is permeated with Gospel values. This spirit is fostered through every activity of the school community; be it academic, athletic, social, or spiritual. All members of Ursuline Academy are invited and encouraged to discover and live an active relationship with God. We support each other in this mission by our prayers and actions so that we are enriched individually and as a learning community.
Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to lead morning prayer over the P A. Prayers of all faith traditions bless the day and bring greater awareness of God’s presence to living that day.
Throughout the course of the school year, we gather as a community to pray, to celebrate our faith, and to give thanks for God’s continued presence in our lives. Holy Days within our Roman Catholic tradition, and seasonal celebrations, often led by students, call us to gather– enriching our faith and challenging us to share our faith with others.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered to all students and faculty during the Advent & Lenten Seasons.
The retreat program is designed to invite students and faculty of all faith traditions to a more personal and active relationship with God. The days of renewal and retreats provide experiences that encourage participants to recognize God’s presence: in their lives, within each other, in the world. These experiences offer the space and time to consider more fully where and how God is present.
Freshman Day of Renewal is led by trained Ursuline Junior PALs (Peers as Leaders). Two professional storytellers and performers address dimensions of the faith life. The retreat takes place on the grounds of Good Shepherd Parish, and offers an opportunity for community building and personal reflection, two dimensions so key at the beginning of freshman year.
Sophomore Day of Renewal takes place during the school day, in Brown County, Ohio, at the site of the Ursulines’ Mother House. Trained Ursuline senior PALs (Peers As Leaders), lead the day. The theme for the day invites students to enter the journey of on-going faith development through storytelling and place. The students hear and experience the history of the Sisters who founded Ursuline Academy. Sophomores explore their own story in the context of the themes contained in the Ursulines’ faith journey.
The Junior Retreat, a graduation requirement, is a two day/one night retreat led by staff members at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford. The Center staff facilitates the retreat. The retreat continues the theme of underclasswomen’s days of renewal: personal discovery, relationship with God, relationship with others.
Kairos, a Greek term meaning the appointed time or God’s time as opposed to Chronos, chronological time, is a three day/two night peer led retreat program held at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford. While this retreat is optional for Seniors, a large percentage of the senior class makes the retreat. Many see the retreat as a turning point in their Ursuline experience. The retreat addresses dimensions of life’s universal questions: Who am I, What have I experienced, Who is God, Where am I going, How do I respond. The retreat is placed in the context of individual talks, discussion and prayer, and of course, recreational opportunities.
Sr. Mary Ann Jansen, O.S.U.
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