In 1535 Angela Merici began a new endeavor.  A woman in her sixties, she founded a group of women, some older, some younger, called the Company of St. Ursula.  Their mission was to spread the Gospel message into the homes and hearts of their neighborhoods.  These Ursulines, as they came to call themselves, spread around the world over the centuries teaching, counseling, and meeting the needs of the many.  Today, each school of Ursuline educators strives to meet the ever-changing needs of its students including those arising from student diversity and special learning needs.

Today, Ursuline schools continue to benefit over 40,000 students annually.  The core values of Ursuline education, articulated by Ursuline administrators and co-workers, form the basis of Ursuline education.  These core values are:

  • St. Angela’s heritage
  • Academic excellence
  • Service
  • Spirituality
  • Community
  • Social justice
  • Openness to change
  • Leadership

History of Ursuline Education Network

Ursuline Education Network, previously known as Ursuline Educational Services, traces its origins to a proposal that emerged from a meeting of the North American Conference of Ursuline Educators  which met in Cleveland in 1989.  Ursuline educators had been meeting bi-annually since 1987. 

Those Ursuline educators realized that the future of the educational ministry begun by the Ursulines depended on a strong commitment by both Ursulines and their co-workers to the ideals and values of the Ursuline Sisters and the charism of St. Angela Merici...

Mission and Goals

In the Christ-centered Spirit of Angela Merici, the mission of Ursuline Education Network is to foster collaboration among educational institutions sponsored by or affiliated with Ursuline congregations in the United States and Canada. The organization promotes the preservation and development of the Ursuline charism and fosters educational excellence, innovation and global connectedness.