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Blessed M. Brigida Morello

The Congregation of the “Ursulines of Mary Immaculate of Piacenza” was founded by Blessed Brigida Morello of Jesus in 1649 at Piacenza, in Northern Italy. Brigida was a prophet of her times as she responded to the needs of an age where materialism and power had influenced even the Christian doctrine and faith adversely. With a small band of women, moved by the love of God, she pioneered the formal education of women, preparing them to love God and to become true Christian Mothers.

The Charism left by Brigida can be summed up in: “Identification with Christ Crucified and Risen”.

She is always portrayed with a Crucifix in her hand implying that following Jesus Crucified is the only way to holiness. Her Christo-centric spirituality stemmed from her contemplation of the Mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Saviour, from her love of Jesus in the Eucharist and from her tender devotion to Mother Mary, the Immaculate. A precious heritage indeed!

We, as Ursulines, daughters of Blessed Brigida, live our consecration to the Lord and carry out the mission entrusted to us by the Church, living in communities where we find space to pray, think, plan and work in a style of hospitality, reciprocity, mutual caring and on a path of ‘life-long’ learning.

Our Mission as Ursulines of Mary Immaculate, wherever we are, rooted in the inherited Charism, consists of, participation in the mission of the Church, desirous of establishing God’s Kingdom in human society, through the evangelical witness of our life and through the promotion of God’s justice, peace and love for all people.

Today, we identify ourselves with the suffering humanity: the sick, the marginalized, the illiterate, the oppressed and especially with women and children. We give our service through the ministries of education, of healing and in socio-pastoral activities.

Following in the footsteps of the Foundress, who instructed us to take Mary as the perfect model of the spiritual and apostolic life, we imitate Her zeal and eagerness to help our neighbor. (Const. art. 90)

Foundation

We recognize the Foundress of our Congregation – the URSULINES OF MARY IMMACULATE in the person of Brigida Morello. She was born on 17th June, 1610 in a little town near Rapallo, Italy. From her very early days little Brigida showed an uncommon bent towards religious and pious practices and devoted herself to them with …

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Foundress

  Brigida Morello was born on 17th June 1610 at San Michele of Pagana, near Rapallo, Genova province; her parents were Nicolò and Lavinia Borzese.From her early childhood she was endowed with special graces and grew with a constant vocation to holiness. Obedience to her parents, in 1633 she married Matteo Zancani of Salsomaggiore, but …

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St. Ursula and the Ursulines

Our Foundress, Blessed Brigida Morello of Jesus, a mystic and a prophet of predilection, was a pioneer in her own right when she founded an Institute, with the aim of educating young ‘girls’ of the city of Piacenza and named it “House of St. Ursula”. It was a great innovation, because, at the time, women …

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Generalate House

 History of the Generalate The Mother-House at Piacenza was the seat of the Superior General, called Prioress at the time of foundation, till the year 1993. When the Institute/Congregation was re-organized into Provinces, in 1988, it became necessary to have a separate Generalate House for better administration. The Indian Delegation became a Province in 1985. …

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Growth of the Mission/Institute

While the historical, socio-political conditions of the time, imposed many restrictions on women religious, leaving them no possibilities of engaging in activities outside the precincts of the convent walls, the Foundress was filled with missionary zeal which she forcefully transmitted to her daughters. She used to say: “I wish I were a man so I …

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Ursulines of Mary Immaculate Piacenza

The Congregation of the “Ursulines of Mary Immaculate of Piacenza” was founded by Blessed Brigida Morello of Jesus in 1649 at Piacenza, in Northern Italy. Brigida was a prophet of her times as she responded to the needs of an age where materialism and power had influenced even the Christian doctrine and faith adversely. With …

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