Angela Merici Lecture:
Three Voices in Harmony:
Ursuline Education in the Spirit of Angela Merici
with Anne Denomy, Theresa Mahoney, Patricia McLean
International Women's Day Lecture:
An Evening with Chef Lynn Crawford
Jeanne Adamson Memorial Lecture:
Angela Merici Day Lecture
A Panel Presentation by Ursulines:
Anne Denomy, Theresa Mahoney, Patricia McLean
Thursday 23 January 2014 at
Merici Lounge, Brescia University College
Admission by Donation, Free Parking
In Angela’s lifetime, the Company of St. Ursula that she founded, was not involved in education. Following her death in 1540, the Company expanded quickly in Italy and into France. By the end of that century, some of her followers, known as Ursulines, became famous for the education of young girls and women - especially in France’s monastic schools. It was from that tradition most Ursuline foundations in North America came – including our own in Chatham.
Even amid this radical change in form and focus, Angela’s spirit has lived on and endured. Her charism has continued to expand through the centuries– a spirit expressed with clarity and warmth in her precious writings. Her Second Legacy is an example:
I ask you to take all your daughters into account,
having each and every one fixed deeply in your hearts and minds,
and not just their names,
but their background and character, and everything concerning them.
This will not be difficult, if you surround them with real love.
Join us for a panel presentation that will explore Angela’s spirit and charism and how it became globally manifest in the Ursulines' dedication to the education of women and girls.
Anne Denomy is a former science teacher and high school administrator, with a lifelong excitement about learning and sharing that learning. At present, she is fascinated by the story of our Universe and the new physics. In her retired years, she entered a new field, accompanying people with Alzheimer disease and served as treasurer for the Alzheimer Society of Perth County. One characteristic of Ursuline education that Anne has admired over the years is the willingness of Ursulines to adapt and shift with the changing times, as Angela Merici recommended in the last legacy of her writings.
Theresa Mahoney spent many years working with children with special needs such as autism, learning and/or behavioural disabilities and developmental handicaps. She enjoyed ministry as Chaplain at Brescia University College and continues volunteering there. Her ongoing interest with "people on the fringes" continues today in volunteer work with L'Arche and My Sisters' Place.
Patricia McLean practiced her teaching and administrative skills in Elementary Schools for 20 years and, after that, moved into Adult Education. As she grew in “wisdom and age” her understanding of the power of education deepened – based as it is on the dignity and potential of every human person. Becoming an educator in the Ursuline tradition has been a process of personal growth and change – a part of her own ongoing education.
The series derives its name from layers of meaning that align with Brescia’s mission and vision.
Since 2005, The Sophia Series has provided Brescia students and the London community the opportunity to hear the wisdom of these extraordinary women
(from left to right):
Top Row: The Honourable Flora MacDonald, Dr. Margaret Wheatley, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Jane Urquhart, Maude Barlow, Michele Landsberg, Katherine Ashenburg, Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea, Monia Mazigh, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Stephanie Nolen.
Second Row: Sami Jo Small, Adria Vasil, Emma Donoghue, Louise Fagan, Bal Arneson, Ami McKay, Evanna Lynch, Jennifer Siebel Newsom
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These Brescia departments collaborate to sponsor The Sophia Series: