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Changing With The Times

Dear Friends, Our Founder, St. Angela Merici, advises the Ursuline Sisters to always change with the signs of the times. Every six years, the Ursulines take an extended period of time for reflection and dialogue on the needs of the people of God. Through days of communal From Sister Nancy Dawson, prayer, faith-sharing and dependence on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we General Superior develop a new directional statement. This vision statement serves as a guide for our community life and ministries for the following six years. The directional statement is developed with total community input and is finalized through the process of consensus. In March of 2014, the Sisters will discern the leadership that will be needed to take our community in the direction we have set. The meetings to prepare for our leadership and to deal with other important agendas are called Chapter of Affairs. When in session, the Chapter is the highest governing body of the community. The canonical election, after discernment for new leadership, is called the Chapter of Elections. Each new General Superior has a non-renewable six year term of office and she is accompanied by several sisters who are chosen to share in the responsibilities of leadership in order to implement the future plans. The Ursuline Sisters ask for your prayers as we begin our discernment this July. We will complete the process with the formal installation of new leadership in June of 2014. The new leadership team will serve from June 2014-June 2020.

Appreciation For Our Angels!

Angels present themselves in many ways, often as people who do for others. We are blessed to know angels associated with the James and Coralie Centofanti Charitable Fund. With Sister Nancy Dawson are, from left, Dave Centofanti, Mark Graham, Dante Zambrini and Carol Potter. Their fund generously bestowed on us a $20,000 grant to underwrite our Ministry Conference Room project. This gift will help us continue our ministries and education with the use of 21st Century technology. Thank you!

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Ursuline Sisters On The Move

Sister Kathleen McCarraghers ministry is taking a new direction. Shes moving from Pastoral Associate with St. Angela Merici Parish, Youngstown, to Director of Religious Education for St. Rose Parish, Girard. Im eager to begin this ministry, states Sister Kathleen. Sister Mary Dunn is retiring as Principal/Superintendent of Youngstown Community School (rated Excellent and named both a School of Promise and a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education!), but she isnt slowing down as she plans her next phase of ministry. I am looking forward to helping inner-city kids in another capacity, Sister Mary says. And Sister Patricia McNicholas is beginning a new chapter in her ministry, transitioning from Executive Director of Beatitude House a position shes held for 17 years to Senior Development Officer. I am looking forward to this new stage in life, Sister Patricia says.

Ursuline Sisters Senior Living is nearly ready to begin.

Sister Marlene LoGrassos got a new ministry and sage advice.

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Please Join Us In Congratulating.

Sister Charlotte Italiano, Director/ Principal of our Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten, for receiving the 2013 Golden Apple Principal Award from the Diocese of Youngstown. Sister Jerome Corcoran, director of Sister Jeromes Poor, accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ethnic Heritage Society of Youngstown.

Sister Kathleen Minchin and Brigid Kennedy, Co-Directors of our HIV/ AIDS Ministry, and all the ministrys employees, volunteers and families, marking 20 years of helping those infected or affected with the virus locally.

The Power Of We
There are many ways YOU can share in our mission. You can become one of us, joining our community of Catholic nuns. You can become an Ursuline Associate or a Companion in Mission, Catholic adults who formally share in our values and mission. Or you can volunteer with our ministries. For more info, call or text Sister Norma Raupple at 330-301-6891, visit our website or scan here: You also can Support Our Ministries by donating safely on our website or with the enclosed envelope. A Ministry Fund donation directly helps thousands of the less fortunate we serve locally, especially women and children. A donation to our Ursuline Sisters Senior Living ministry helps create a home for a senior citizen. A donation to our Retirement Fund helps our older Sisters, who dedicated their lives to serving others maybe you. Capital Improvements help us fix what breaks. And a donation to our General Fund helps us wherever we need it most. We appreciate your generosity!

Do something. Get moving. Be confident, risk new things, stick with it; get on your knees, then be ready for big surprises!
St. Angela Merici Our Foundress

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4th Annual Car Trunk Sale Sat., July 27, 9 a.m.1 p.m. Two outside parking spaces $25 or one inside space $35. Prices increase $5 after July 15. First come, first serve. Rain or shine, no refunds. Crafters welcome. Finger food for sale by The Leftovers. Great event to make extra $$$ or pick up treasures for your home or the school year. 2013 Guided Labyrinth Walks Tues., July 16, 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m. Tues., Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 20, 2-3 p.m. The labyrinth is open from dawn-to-dusk year-round to all persons of faith.

Ursuline Readers Book Club Discussions are held in Prato Hall on the following Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.: July 2 Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner Aug. 13 The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver Sept. 24 The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer Nov. 5 Killing Kennedy by Bill OReilly Everyone is welcome. Preregistration is appreciated. For more information on these events, call Eileen W. Novotny, Ursuline Associate, at 330-533-3831 or visit


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Newsletter Editor Michele Ristich Gatts Additional Photographs By Tony Mancino

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Right On Track
Yes, we Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown enjoy spending every day living out the Gospel and making our world a better place. But our lives sometimes include out-of-the-ordinary adventure! Sisters Patricia McNicholas, Betty Schuster and Kathleen McCarragher recently cruised a special track in Porsche racecars. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that a cancer diagnosis seven years ago would lead to a 140 mph ride in a Porsche, thanks to my oncologist, Dr. Rob DeBernardo says Sister Betty.

Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown Spring/Summer 2013 Newsletter

Learning About God Never Stops

Sister Eleanor Santangelo, standing, spends some pleasant Wednesday afternoons at Paisley House in Youngstown, where she teaches basic theology to about a dozen women living at the retirement home. Sister Eleanor also tutors in math at Beatitude House two mornings a week.