I was taught by the Ursulines from first to twelfth grade. I cherish the years that I spent under their guidance for my spirituality, my excellent education, especially in English, and the traditions: celebrating Advent and not Christmas before the holy day, reciting the Angelus at lunchtime at Mount Saint Ursula, ring day, gold and blue bows, and May processions. I have spent my whole life devoted to the “Memorare,” taught to me by the Ursulines. I am so grateful to many of the Sisters: Mother Cornelius, my first-grade teacher; Mother Ruth, my seventh and eighth-grade teacher; and Mother St. Pierre, my high school principal, to mention only a few. I am 78 years old and can still remember the names of all my teachers. They made such an impact on me. Thank you for everything, and I pray for your eternal peace.
- Barbara Perry Brogan, Our Lady of Mercy, Class of 1958 and Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, Class of 1962
On December 8th, 1950, our family moved. I was heartsick to leave my friends and the school I had attended for six years. On the following Monday, I was enrolled in the sixth grade at St. Philip Neri School, and my new teacher's name was Sister Ignatius, OSU. Before the day was finished, I was enthralled with my new teacher! She had a great love of turtles, and she brought them to school in a black leather bag. I was fascinated when she took ten turtles out of her bag and told us the name of each one as she placed them so lovingly in an aquarium. This was a daily occurrence! Later in the day, as we studied history and the Crusades, Sister assigned me to be "Robert the Lion-Hearted." She instructed me to carry the long pole used to open high windows and told me to run around the room as if I were galloping on a horse. Sister was also a talented artist. She took us to many galleries, museums, and the luxurious home of Howard Chandler Christy, a famous painter of portraits and posters. He admired Sister's talents and was her dear friend.
Sister Ignatius was truly a "Renaissance Woman" with many varied interests and who ignited her students with her childlike enthusiasm for everything! I have always remembered her. In college, I studied drama, and to this day, I love and attend the theater and art museums frequently!
- Nancy Prior Shannon, St. Philip Neri School, Class of 1953 and Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, Class of 1957
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