February 27, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
London, ON – Brescia University College is celebrating another chapter in the University’s history, with the creation of a canonical sponsorship relationship with the newly formed, The Mother St. Anne Lachance Society. This sponsorship marks a new century and a momentous turning point for Brescia, Canada’s only women’s university.
Over one hundred years ago, the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham, Brescia’s foundresses, developed a post-secondary education experience for women, rooted in the Ursuline values of wisdom, justice and compassion. To continue Brescia’s mission of educating future women leaders, the Ursulines have worked with Brescia to create a new canonical sponsorship arrangement to support Brescia into its second bold century.
The Mother St. Anne Lachance Society was chosen as the name of The Society because of Mother St. Anne Lachance’s significant contributions to the University’s history. As the first Principal, Mother St. Anne made a lasting mark on Brescia’s community.
This new sponsorship will preserve two of Brescia’s traditions – the charism of our foundresses and our mission to empower women. The Ursulines will continue to provide insight through The Mother St. Anne Lachance Society, where the Ursuline’s Community Leader, Sister Theresa Campeau, will participate as a member. The remaining members of The Society will be at least 50 per cent women, as a sign of respect for the University’s woman-centered mission. The sponsorship does not signify any further change for Brescia, but rather emphasizes continuity, allowing the University to reaffirm its Catholic identity while continuing to embrace students of all faiths and backgrounds.
At 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020, Brescia honoured this new canonical sponsorship with an official signing ceremony led by Bishop Fabbro from the Diocese of London, who signed the decree bringing The Society to life at this event.
We are grateful to the Ursulines for their dedication, time and commitment in ensuring the University preserves its identity, and to Bishop Fabbro for approving this new oversight arrangement.
For more details, visit our canonical sponsorship page: http://brescia.uwo.ca/about/governance/canonical-sponsorship/
Official signing ceremony (L-R): Brescia’s Principal, Dr. Susan Mumm; Brescia University College Board of Trustees Chair, Karen McKay; Bishop Ronald Fabbro from the Diocese of London; and Father Paul Baillargeon from the Diocese of London
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Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,600 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the Schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic University College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room, at http://media.bresciauc.ca/ .