Who We Are

A member from Eastern Canada writes:

“I immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 1990. My father owned a parcel of land but it was not enough to sustain our family of fourteen children. Because of the lack of financial support I could not finish my nursing degree at University. My father encouraged me to work abroad as a domestic helper so that I could help our family with our difficult situation. I continue to help my family through my employment as a care giver and domestic helper.

“Our family did not go to Church every Sunday and there was little practice of the Catholic faith at home. While  abroad I had this deep longing to know and to have a relationship with God.  I met a friend who invited me to a Catholic Charismatic group. I felt the presence of God for the first time at a meeting, and I have continued to belong to the group. But still, something was missing. I desired to more totally offer my life to Jesus Christ and this was why I felt called to enter the Company of St.Ursula in Toronto. My formation is ongoing and hopefully by next year I will be making my final consecration.

“I continue to serve at my parish and I like to join virtual prayer with the Filipino community. Because I love nature, I often go with my neighbors for hikes in the woods.”

Florida, Toronto, ON

A member from Western Canada writes:

“I am a retired teacher, financially independent and living in an apartment complex. I find it life-giving to be involved in relationships and activities which revolve around a local community garden, the national Development and Peace organization, and other parish, community and diocesan committees. I continue to listen for the ways in which I am to respond to the needs of the world, locally and globally. Prayer for these needs is primary.

As a young adult, the words, “Come follow me” (Mt.4:19) drew me to find a way to dedicate my life to Jesus Christ.  The “Ursuline” spirituality became the way of life in which I was to live out this call to follow Christ.  Presently, as a member of the Company of St. Ursula, I am connected to other like-minded women.

Enjoying walks in nature, sharing a meal with friends and watching a good movie are things that I like to do.  Oh yes, and having a good laugh!

Bernice, Saskatoon, SK

Who We Are

Drawn by a deep inner call, we give ourselves to God by a firm and life-long commitment of celibate chastity, poverty, and obedience. We devote ourselves to:

  • Jesus Christ at our center,
  • deep prayer,
  • Gospel values,
  • a contemplative quest to find God everywhere and reflect Christ to others,
  • regular gatherings for sisterly support in our vocation,
  • participation as lay Catholics in the Church’s life,
  • peace-making and justice-building in personal relationships and in society,
  • supporting ourselves as single persons in our chosen occupations and residences.

Founded by St. Angela Merici in 1535, the Company is a secular institute, a form of consecrated life in the Catholic Church.

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The Company of St. Ursula, founded by Angela Merici, began in Quebec, Canada in 1967 under the leadership of Jacqueline Morin (1925-2017).

The Company of St. Ursula began in Toronto in 1978; Marcella Hinz (1927-2014) was an inspiring leader in the foundation of the Company of Toronto.

From the founding inspiration in North America, groups have begun in the USA, the Philippines and Western Canada.

Let them have Jesus Christ for their only treasure, for there also will be love.
– Angela Merici