Ursuline Associates in Action Every day, we Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown further the mission and ministry of St. Angela Merici in the Mahoning Valley and beyond. But we’re not the only ones. Our Associates – Catholic women and men who share our values and mission but are not called to become a nun or a priest — are making a real difference in our community. Take Alma Ciriello, who is being featured in this month’s Catholic Extension Magazine for her work in the diocese’s Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative. Alma, an immigrant from Mexico, serves as Hispanic Coordinator for Stark County. Alma is one of more than 50 Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown Associates. “They join us in our prayer. They are volunteers in many of our ministries. They’re here at our funerals and our celebrations, and we support them in what their ministries are,” states Sister Norma Raupple, Director of the Associate Program. “It’s a mutually enriching experience for both the Sisters and the Associates.” Associates “maintain their own lifestyle, and participate in the Ursuline Sisters’ ministries as their interests, talents and time allow,” notes Sister Nancy Dawson, General Superior. There are no financial or legal obligations, she adds. If you’d like information on becoming an Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown Associate, Email Sister Norma Raupple or call 330.792.7636. To learn more about the program, watch this short video.