Brescia’s Angela Merici lecture to unveil mysteries and shed light on relevance of Ursuline Sisters today

January 20, 2010

Angela Merici

London, ON – The “Angela Merici Lecture” of The  Sophia Series at Brescia   University College  on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. will dispel myths and reveal some of  the truths about the women who choose to live and lead as Ursuline Sisters.

In the photo-history presentation entitled, “Mother Mary  Xavier LeBihan: Woman of Vision,” Dr. Renee Bondy, professor of Women’s Studies  and History at the University of Windsor, will introduce her audience to the  young woman in post-Revolutionary France whose strong faith and missionary zeal  led her to envision a new role for the Ursulines in Canada. Mother Xavier’s  many contributions to her community and to the education of girls and women  included founding the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham who founded Brescia in 1919.


Sophia Series Co-ordinator Kim Young Milani describes the  Ursulines as ‘pioneers and revolutionaries.’ “Too often, their stories go  unnoticed within the Church and within our society, but these are women that  began hospitals, provided education to women or to the poor, and provided  shelter, counselling and compassion to those in need. Today, they are at  the forefront of the environmental movement, championing human rights issues,  and eradicating the trafficking of women and children.”

Sr. Theresa Mahoney, co-ordinator of Brescia’s Ursuline Centre, said Bondy’s  presentation will bring alive the spirit of Mother Xavier, who she describes as  “a woman of courage with a sense of adventure and commitment to the people she  worked among. She still inspires Ursulines today.”

Young Milani added anyone who is interested in women’s  leadership would be enriched by learning the stories of religious women.

The Sophia Series focuses  on women’s wisdom and leadership and the “Angela Merici Lecture” is devoted to  featuring Ursuline spirituality and its presence at Brescia. The lecture will be presented  in Room 135 of the Mother St. James Building at Brescia.  Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted and parking is free.

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Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is  affiliated with The University   of Western Ontario. The  1,100 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide  variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and  invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College  welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more  information, please visit

For additional information,  please contact:

Kim Young Milani                       Sophia Series Co-ordinator and Director of The Circle Women’s Centre                       E-mail:                       Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28385

Sr. Theresa Mahoney                       Co-ordinator of the Ursuline Centre                       E-mail:                       Phone: 519.432.8353, ext. 28383