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Ursuline Sisters’ ministry adds nine new associates

Staff report

CANFIELD — The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown is welcoming nine new Ursuline Associates who all belong to parishes in the Diocese of Youngstown.

The Catholic adults are committed to the Sisters’ mission and ministry, and the charism of St. Angela Merici, who founded the vowed religious order in 1535 in Brecia, Italy.

She prioritized faith, education and hospitality and embraced such virtues as compassion, respect and hope.

Joining the Ursulines as associates this year are Don Clyde of Christ Our Savior Parish in Struthers, Barbie DeLucia of St. Columba and St. Angela Merici, Antonia Ross Douglass of St. Charles Parish in Boardman, Anne Schirck Kravitz of St. Charles, Cindy and James G. Lacko of St. Patrick Parish in Hubbard, Lawrence “Larry” Lutz of St. Michael Parish in Canfield, Mary C. Moon of St. Brendan Parish in Youngstown, and Thomas G. Welsh Jr. of St. Patrick Parish in Youngstown.

Sister Norma Raupple is director of the associate program and says the entire Ursuline Sisters community welcomes these new members.

“Ursuline Associates are faith-filled, service-oriented men and women who journey with Ursuline Sisters,” she stated.

“Our mutual, reciprocal relationships enable all of us to live the Gospel more fully in the spirit of St. Angela.”

The Ursulines now have more than 90 Ursuline associates.

Although most live in the Mahoning Valley, some live in other locations across the United States.

The Ursuline Ministries was created to oversee many of the Ursuline Sisters’ ministries, including Beatitude House and Ursuline Scholars, HIV /AIDS, Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten, and The Ursuline Center’s adult education, health and wellness programs

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