Our TIMELINE

St. Angela Merici founded the Ursulines in 1535, nearly 500 years ago, in Brescia Italy. She named them for Saint Ursula, patroness of learning in the Middle Ages. Angela, born in Desenzano, Italy joined the Third Order Franciscans so as to be of service to her neighbors. When she moved to Brescia she gathered a group of local women around her to live outside the cloister and influence the young girls in her neighborhood because Angela believed that hope for the future rested in the hands of women.

1535

Angela Merici founded the Company of St. Ursula in Brescia Italy

1544

Pope Paul III approved the Company

1612

Following the Council of Trent the Company became a monastic Order in Paris, France

1639

First New World Foundation in Quebec

1727

Ursulines established a foundation in New Orleans

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.

1847

The community moved into the new four story structure built on property donated to the Archdiocese by General Lytle, near the seminary buildings and the local parish church. Eventually the church was moved to the center of the town of St. Martin.

1861

A group of Sisters left to serve in Opelousas, LA. During the Civil War years the daughters of Generals from both the north and south attended the boarding school. This created such tension that the sisters forbad the girls to discuss the war. As Morgan’s men marched past the front gate the girls and nuns prayed in a blacked-out building that the raiders would pass by, leaving the necessary food and equipment undisturbed.

1874

A group of Sisters opened St. Patrick School in London, Ohio.

1880

A group of Sisters left for Santa Rosa, California to begin a new foundation.

1886

Sacred Heart Chapel was designed by Sister Eulalia Dunn. Workers from Cincinnati built the chapel with wood from the property and quarried the stone from the creek bed.

1887

Benn Pitman, famous woodcarver from Cincinnati, came to the convent to hold classes in woodcarving for the sisters and the students. Some of their carvings were used to decorate the chapel.

1896

Ursuline Academy opened with 40 pupils as a day school in the city of Cincinnati.

1901-1916

Day classes moved to St. Martin Parish to become a Parish School. When the Parish School closed and joined the Public School System, the sisters remained as teachers and administrators until 1960.

1916

Began weekend and summer religion classes that were taught in local parishes in Brown, Highland and Clinton Counties.

1929

Summer Camp for girls ages 7-14 at Brown County campus was opened.

1943

St. Vivian Parish in Finneytown sent some girls and boys to Ursuline Academy.

1947

St. Vivian School opened in Finneytown with a faculty of two Ursulines and expanded considerably within a few years.

1957

St. Louis School opened in Owensville, Ohio, with Ursulines as faculty and administration.

1958-1986

Between 1958 - 1986, we operated two-week summer religion programs for local parishes held on the Brown County campus.

1963

St. Peter School in Huber Heights, Ohio opened with Ursuline faculty and administration. Two Sisters joined the Carroll High School Faculty in Dayton.

1970

Ursuline Teacher Training Institute became Chatfield College and opened its doors to Glenmary Sisters, Franciscan Brothers and local lay students. Ugandan students, religious and lay, came to college and boarding school.

1979

Sisters Miriam and Dorothy Thompson began a program to serve the local poor. When it outgrew available space on campus it was moved to Fayetteville. Eventually a piece of land with buildings already in place was purchased and the project became the the Hope Emergency Program serving the surrounding counties.

1981

The Brown County Ursuline Boarding School closed and the original building was torn down. A new residence was built on campus and named Brescia after the city in Italy where Angela Merici established the Ursuline Order.

1989

Cincinnati Branch of Chatfield College moved from Lower Price Hill to North Fairmont.

2008

Cincinnati Branch of Chatfield College moved to Mercy/St. John near Findlay Market.

2009

Sisters continue their ministry of education in Brown and the surrounding counties and throughout the greater Cincinnati area as well as in the diocese of Toledo. 

2010

85.4 acres of farmland placed in a conservation easement held by Cardinal Land Conservancy.

2011

We hope and expect that the heritage being passed on to Chatfield College and Ursuline Academy through our Legacy Agreement will be a source of direction and vitality for generations to come.

2015

The waterway was returned to its original configuration as Solomon’s Run through a grant from Ohio EPA which assisted in the removal of the Low-head Dam. Conservation easement is held by Brown County Ohio Soil and Water Conservation District.

2017

The decision was made to sell the non-farm property to Chatfield College, which the Ursulines founded in 1971, effective July 1, 2017.

2017

In October an auction was held for the farmland that has been held in a conservation easement since 2010. Sold to an area farmer.

2020

Celebration of 175th Anniversary of the arrival of the Ursuline foundresses on July 21, 1845.

 

Join us Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 1 – 4 p.m. in St. Martin, Ohio.

UrSulines
of Brown COunty

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