The teachings and life model of St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, is instilled in every aspect of daily life at St. Ursula Academy. In our classrooms and our community, through academics and extracurriculars, our students see St. Angela’s values in action—and they become part of the way our girls see the world around them.
- The entire SUA community begins each day together in morning prayer, and we pause mid-afternoon for our “Angela Moment,” when we reflect on our day.
- Every student takes four years of Theology to learn more about our Catholic faith, other religions, and moral and ethical decision-making.
- We celebrate all-school liturgies regularly, including Holy Days and special SUA traditions.
- Through Campus Ministry and many informal occasions, our students pray often and open their hearts to service opportunities.
SUA’s loving and supportive atmosphere reflects the Ursuline values so carefully articulated by St. Angela Merici more than 400 years ago. Her motto, "Soli Deo Gloria," a Latin phrase meaning “For the Glory of God Alone,” inspires all of us to live the Gospel values daily and in everything we do.
Read Sr. Donna Frey's monthly reflection on the life of St. Angela Merici.
Campus Ministry at St. Ursula Academy offers many opportunities for our students to grow in their Catholic faith, as well as a multitude of different avenues for spiritual expression, regardless of religious affiliation. Students can participate in faith-based activities such as liturgies, Corporal Works of Mercy, mission trips, and community outreach programs.
Every student at St. Ursula Academy participates in at least one retreat per year. While faithful to Catholic teaching and tradition, these retreats include all students. Every class retreat at SUA is focused on a specific theme based on the example and writings of St. Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursuline order.
All retreats are held off campus.
Sopra Tutto (“Above All”)—the Junior Academy retreat is an introduction to the retreat process and includes worship, prayer, and activities in a large group setting, as well as by specific grade. The theme refers to the call of living our Ursuline motto, Soli Deo Gloria—"For the Glory of God alone.”
Insieme (“Togetherness”)—this retreat focuses on the connections in our lives. It stresses the importance of our unity as a school community, as well as members of the Church. Students learn what it means to be a part of the St. Ursula Academy legacy. As the students are new to the school, this retreat takes place early in the year and includes many opportunities for the students to get to know one another.
Fati Vita Nova (“Lead A New Life”)—this retreat challenges students to reflect on their own lives and relationships, as well as on how events in our lives shape our personality, our decisions, and our relationship with God. Witness talks by members of the team and guest speakers encourage students to examine their actions and relationships.
Kairos (“God’s Time”)—a three-day retreat, Kairos focuses on our past, our present, and the challenge of our future relationships with God and others. Heavy emphasis is placed on small- and large-group discussions and faith-sharing, witness talks, prayer, liturgy, healing, forgiveness, and community.
Every Monday night—rain or shine, holiday or school day, summer or winter—students from St. Ursula Academy and St. John’s Jesuit High School come together in a simple act of faith: offering food and friendship to the hungry and homeless of inner-city Toledo.
Students meet each Monday afternoon at one of the two schools, where they make and package food for the hungry and homeless in Toledo. After the food is ready, they hold a brief prayer service.
Coordinators ask students to be “truly present” for the experience. The group members ride together to three locations, where they distribute food and interact with community members, who often simply want to have a conversation.
Afterward, the students head back to the school to reflect on the people they met, pray for each of them, and note any special needs for the next visit.
“St. Benedict Joseph Labre, poor in the eyes of men and women, but rich in the eyes of God, pray for us. Amen.”
Day of Caring
Each year, the entire St. Ursula Academy community comes together to serve the Toledo community in various ways on the Day of Caring.
Service locations range from day-care facilities and greenhouses to churches and foodbanks. In one day, SUA students, parents, faculty and staff members, and administrators give 2000 hours to those in need.