Living My Faith: An Associate Reflection

lindyRecently, Associate Lindy Kubic, [center of picture] was a panelist for the First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown. Lindy’s presentation was What Faith Means To Me As Professional Adult.

Lindy works at St. Elizabeth Heath Center main campus as a certified Histotechnician.  She prepares the biopsies for the doctors to read in the pathology lab.  Lindy reflected that working for a Catholic hospital is rewarding for her because she enjoys helping others, and Catholicism has always been apart of her life.
Lindy grew up Catholic in the Diocese of Steubenville, and attended parochial schools.  During her high school years, she was encouraged to have community service hours in order to graduate.  This was her first step of learning about small and large communities.
Read and reflect on her presentation to learn the effect of those first years of service! Reflection For First Friday Club_Lindy Kubic

Water With Blessing

Water With BlessingsUniquely Ursuline! Sisters, Associates and Young adults bringing Water With Blessings to God’s thirsty children in Brownsville Texas and Matamporos Mexico.
We have been talking and praying for months about the possibility of taking Water With Blessing to the U.S. Mexico border as an Ursuline project.
Learn more: Water With Blessing Fact Sheet
How you can partner with us: Water With Blessing Partnership
Water With Blessings Youngstown


Sister Nancy Dawson’s Reflection on the Occasion of Acceptance of New Associates

Joy filled the chapel of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown Jan. 26 as a celebration took place honoring two events: the Jan. 27 feast day of Ursuline Sisters’ founder St. Angela Merici and the welcoming of seven new associates. The Associates program is a way for the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown to further the mission of St. Angela. Watch this video to enjoy the beautiful reflection offered by Sister Nancy Dawson, General Superior.
Text of Sister Nancy’s Reflection on the occasion of acceptance of Associates

An Annual Celebration of Community

Ursuline Sisters, Members of the Company of St. Ursula and Associates throughout the world remember their “Mother” and Founder, St. Angela Merici on January 27th each year. In Youngstown, Ohio, the Spirit was alive and well as the entire Community of Sisters and Associates gathered for Mass and Dinner. After Sister Nancy Dawson’s challenging words to us, seven men and women came forward to enthusiastically announce their decision to be associated with the Ursuline Community. The Sisters proudly responded by expressing their intent to share their lives, their prayer and their ministries with the Associates. Angela was among us as we enjoyed each other with hospitality,encouragement and renewed energy.

Home For The Holidays

Shelia Triplett,  Director of Transitional Housing at Beatitude House, welcomed  six  families to the new apartments in Warren,  House of Blessing.  The new addition at 1370 Tod Ave. includes 6 apartments, a computer/classroom, a children’s playroom and offices for staff.  Beatitude House is committed to Sheliaserving disadvantaged women and children in the Mahoning Valley.  By creating homes,  providing educational opportunities and fostering healthy families, they provide women with the opportunity to transform their lives.

Shelia has been on the staff of Beatitude House since 2007 and most recently  she has the responsibility of working with 29 families who are residents at one of three Beatitude House locations.   Shelia works with staff in overseeing  the multi-faceted program which includes case work, counseling, parenting, budgeting,  and studying.   Shelia brings such a positive but firm support to the women as they strive to build better lives.  Her sense of humor and warm presence is just what the mothers need.

Shelia says “Working at Beatitude House is the most fulfilling professional experience I’ve ever had.  I am blessed to work in a place that gives women and children roots and wings:  roots that provide safe housing and a positive environment and wings to reach higher than they ever dreamed possible,  creating a better life for themselves and their children”

In addition to serving on the staff with four Ursuline Sisters, the Ursuline Community is  privileged to have Shelia’s presence among them as an Ursuline Associate.  She is so positive and open and affirming. As an Associate she participates in community gatherings throughout the year and joins with all Sisters and Associates for special days and events.

Ursuline Associate Mary Ann Critell Receives Golden Apple Award

Sr Nancy Dawson, Generalk Superior, presents a gift to Ursuline Associate Mary Ann Critell on the occasion of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Sr Nancy Dawson, General Superior, presents a gift to Ursuline Associate Mary Ann Critell on the occasion of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mary Ann Critell,  Kindergarten teacher at the Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten, was recognized for 17 years of dedicated service as a teacher. Her generosity and her ability to relate to children is outstanding. Mary Ann is also a vital part of her parish, St. Luke in Boardman, and she is involved in various local charities.

Several Sisters and Associates celebrated with her at the “Golden Apple” banquet held at the Youngstown Country Club on May 7, 2009. The Golden Apple Award is the “Academy Awards” for Catholic School teachers.  Mary Ann was one of seven recipients for 2009.

Shortly after high school, Mary Ann entered congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, but after six years, discerned that her vocation was not to be a nun but to be a mother.  She and her husband have raised three wonderful children.

Mary Ann now extends the spirit of the Ursuline Community as an Ursuline Associate. Ursuline Associates are women and men of prayer and service who resonate with the vision of St. Angela Merici, founder of the Ursulines. Mary Ann models daily this vision, prayer and service with everyone in her life.