In the summer of 1727, 12 Ursuline sisters arrived in New Orleans from France.

By the end of the year, the sisters had opened the first school for girls in the U.S. Today the Ursuline Academy of New Orleans is the oldest continuously-operating school for women in this country.

The Ursuline sisters also opened the first orphanage for girls, held the first classes for slave and Indian girls, and staffed the Royal Hospital, one of America's first hospitals .Among those original 12 Ursulines was Sr. Francis Xavier Hubert who would become the first woman pharmacist in the Louisiana Territory.

Shortly after the sisters settled into their new convent, Sr. Francis Xavier planted an herb garden. She compounded her plants into medicines and special teas which were given to patients at the Royal Hospital.

Taken from The Little Black Book for March 21, 2014

This Lenten booklet is based on the writings of Bishop Ken Untener.
Copyright 2013 Diocese of Saginaw.