January 21, 2013
Brescia and The Circle honour Ursuline heritage
London, ON – The Circle Women’s Centre at Brescia University College will continue with its annual honouring of the Ursuline heritage this week by celebrating Angela Merici Day. Angela Merici was one of the founding women of St. Ursula, the group that later became the Ursuline Order, from which the Chatham Ursulines began. They founded Brescia in 1919 with the strong belief in the need for women’s education.
With various events taking place on campus throughout the week, the highlight each year is the Sophia Series lecture that focuses on the celebration of Angela Merici. This year the lecture is titled Cloistered Encounters: Marie de l’Incarnation and the Peoples of Turtle Island with guest speaker Jean Ann Ledwell, a member of the Ursuline Leadership Team. Jean has been involved in feminist, anti-poverty, disability issues, and eco-spirituality work, for many years. She has an abiding interest in Marie de l’Incarnation, nurtured through a 25-year association with the Quebec Ursulines. Jean will provide an historic look at Canada’s first Ursuline involvement with Quebec’s First Peoples and its significance for us today.
Director of The Circle Women’s Centre at Brescia, Kim Young Milani says, “We are proud to be able to celebrate such an inspirational female leader and to have the opportunity to look back at the roots of the Ursuline heritage, which helped shape Brescia to be who we are today.”
The Sophia Series lecture takes place on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 135 in the St. James Building at Brescia. The evening is sponsored by the Ursuline Centre at Brescia and endowed by the Ursulines of the Chatham Union. Admission to and parking for the celebration are free. To learn more about The Circle please visit the organization’s web site at http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/index.html.
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