The School of Brown County Ursulines

In 1845, Archbishop Purcell invited 11 Ursulines under the direction of Mother Julia Chatfield to come from Boulogne-sur Mer and Beaulieu, France to St. Martin in Brown County, Ohio to establish a school. The first three boarders arrived in October and classes were organized for local day students.

The Brown County Ursuline Boarding School closed in 1981.

Ursuline Academy

In 1896, Ursuline Academy opened with 40 pupils as a day school in the city of Cincinnati and soon built a reputation for excellence.


Their college preparatory program continues to thrive at their present location in Blue Ash, a Cincinnati suburb.

Chatfield College

In 1958, the Sisters founded the Ursuline Teacher Training Institute to provide a quality liberal arts education to women joining the Ursuline Order. In 1971, the public was admitted and the school was renamed Chatfield College in honor of Sr. Julia Chatfield.


Today, Chatfield College continues the Ursuline tradition of fine education at both the St. Martin campus in rural Brown County, Ohio and the Cincinnati location in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

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