Ursuline Academy’s Commitment to Building Community:
Ursuline Academy Wilmington joins its global network in safeguarding the traditions of the Ursuline Sisters around the world by developing leaders in an educational environment which embraces an understanding and deep respect for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. This commitment flows directly from the teachings of St. Angela, who believed in ‘building community wherever you go’, and respecting the uniqueness of each individual. We uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, appreciating each person as sacred, made in God’s image, equal in dignity.
Guided by the very principles that have defined our school since 1893, and the teachings of our spiritual guide, St. Angela Merici, we are called to always be attentive to the needs of the times. It is her example to which we aspire. These words by the Ursulines of the Roman Union from their 2016 publication Ursuline Education in the Spirit of St. Angela Merici continue to guide us:
“Our world cries for reconciliation and peace. We also see this need in our school halls, classrooms, on the playgrounds, and among parent gatherings. In our Ursuline educational communities, we can offer opportunities for dialogue and moments of reconciliation. In turn, we can bring the fruits of the Spirit into our troubled world as we reach out to others as Angela did in her time.”
Rooted in our Ursuline traditions and Catholic social teaching, we continue to create an environment where all students can feel safe and valued to develop their whole selves and to dialogue amongst their peers. Furthermore, to provide an educational setting where difficult conversations can and do happen, with compassion and without anger. We remain steadfast in our belief that our community is better, and we are better able to live our values, for pursuing this critical effort.
Ursuline Academy continues to carry on St. Angela Merici’s legacy of building community.