Be Like a Piazza!

By Sister Norma Raupple

August 2019 was our third anniversary “Angela’s Villa” —  the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown’s gathering space for young adults involved in service with us. We’ve discovered it’s like “Angela’s Piazza.”  Sister Martha Buser, in her book “Also In Your Midst,” describes it this way:

“Piazzas are in front of every church in Brescia. They crop up at intersections for no apparent reason at all. But everywhere in Brescia, Italy, piazzas are the same. They are open. One can come and go. One can rest, can just be who one is.”

When St. Angela Merici founded the Ursuline order of vowed religious in 1535, she said to be like a piazza. In doing so, she left us a legacy of how to live. She told us to be open and gracious and hospitable, filled with joy. Being like a piazza is the secret of Angela’s spirituality and gives us a clue about why she seems so contemporary. In Angela’s hospitality there is no dichotomy, rather, there is unity and integrity.

The faith-filled young adults who serve others today are like Angela today. They are generous, vibrant, welcoming and they enjoy each other. They come and go. They rest, or study, or cook, or pray or have fun…. and much more. Gathering together in support of each other brings out the best in each one and Angela knew this. So again this August, we blessed each other — sending a few to new places and welcoming a few new women to our “piazza.”

Rejoice Together, and Together Encourage One Another!

In honor of National Catholic Sisters Week, we’re hosting an event for single Catholic women ages 18-40. “Rejoice Together, and Together Encourage One Another!”   Those words of wisdom come to us from our founder, St. Angela Merici, whose charism guides our lives.

Come meet the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, get to know Angela, and learn about the opportunities we offer for Gospel service and lives filled with joy. Spend time in prayer and ministry with like-minded women.

The event begins the evening of Thursday, March 7 and runs through noon on Sunday  March 10. Call Sister Norma Raupple to make sure you’re part of this wonderful event: 330.261.4729.

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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
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