Even as a young girl, St. Angela Merici was a profoundly religious soul. At the age of 10, when she and her older sister became orphans, they led a quiet and devout Catholic life. As she grew older, St. Angela's relationship with the Lord grew and her prayer life deepened, eventually leading her to join the Third Order of St. Francis and consecrate herself as a virgin.
In her hometown, St. Angela learned of the many young girls who had no education, and was moved by the Holy Spirit to find a way to teach them. She opened her own home and taught them herself, including how to lead a sacramental life and the importance of prayer. Angela's school developed and soon led to the founding of a religious community. Known after her death as Angela's Company of Saint Ursula, or the Ursulines, this was the first group of women religious to work outside of the cloister and also became the first teaching order of women in the Catholic Church.
n this feast of St. Angela Merici, we wish to share with you news that we believe gives great joy to the heart of St. Angela.
The Ursuline Sisters, who have served in Santa Rosa for more than 130 years, have decided to sell us their beautiful convent and property. As a result of the 2017 fires, the Sisters have worked hard to repair the grounds and bring the convent to a safe condition.
It has been an honor to work with the Ursuline Sisters through this transition. The Ursuline's have given so much to the community of Santa Rosa, and we pray that our religious family may be able to do the same. The acquisition of the property is a big step in deepening our roots and allowing us the room to grow, as many women are answering God's call to religious life and wishing to join us.
We ask for your prayers in this transition, so that we - through the intercession of Our Lady, St. Joseph, and St. Angela Merici - may give Our Lord a place where He is loved and served above all else.
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