The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville have a rich history that dates back to 1858 in Louisville, Ky. Today, we minister in nine states (Kentucky, South Carolina, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Nebraska, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Iowa) and South America. Click on the map below to enlarge.
The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky, an apostolic religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church, rooted in the spirit and tradition of St. Angela Merici, are committed to a life of prayer and community and participation in the teaching mission of the Church.
Teaching Christian living is the corporate ministry of the Ursuline Sisters. This ministry, cutting across socio-economic, racial and national boundaries, assists women, men and children to live more fully and to develop a personal relationship with God.
"Soli Deo Gloria" (Be glory to the only God)
This symbol is worn only by Ursuline Sisters of Louisville either on a chain or as a lapel pin. Created by the late Sister Brigid Kirn, OSU and selected by the sisters from among 16 potential designs, it was adopted in January 1976 to replace the habit (regulation dress for the sisters).
The cross was chosen as the basic structure because it is a universally recognized sign of Jesus Christ. The flames, signifying consuming love, are the work of the late Sister Benedicta O'Connor, OSU. The words, Soli Deo Gloria are translated by the Louisville Ursuline Sisters as "Be glory to the only God." These words may be traced back to 1776 as the motto of Ursuline Sisters.