Definition of Ursuline in US English:



  • A nun of an order founded by St. Angela Merici (1470–1540) at Brescia in 1535 for nursing the sick and teaching girls.

    • ‘Providence supplied them in 1639 with the arrival in Québec of ‘a college of Jesuits, an establishment of hospital nuns and a convent of Ursulines,’ that is to say, approximately a dozen religious figures.’
    • ‘He said she was supported by the prayers of Sister Carmel and her order, the Ursulines, over the last few years as her life faded gradually.’
    • ‘Mother Amadeus Dunne, whose parents came from Laois, founded the Ursulines in North America.’
    • ‘So as not to remain simply with the two doctors of the church and Hildegard of Bingen, I wish also to mention Angela of Brescia, the founder of the Ursulines, and the humanistically highly-educated Catherine of Bologna.’
    • ‘Just now, he was passing the imposing new Ursulines' Convent, another project to which he had contributed.’
    • ‘First the Ursulines and the Canossian sisters, then the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, and finally the Salesians involved themselves in protecting working girls from worldly temptations.’
    • ‘According to a Montreal professor, the first nun of birth in the future United States was captive Mary Anne Davis, who became an Ursuline.’
    • ‘He did, however, encourage new orders such as the Jesuits, Barnabites and Ursulines.’
    • ‘Her father died when she was a small girl, thus compelling her desperate mother to give up her only child to the care of an order of nuns, the Ursulines.’
    • ‘The women were Maryknoll sisters, Ita Ford and Maura Clarke; Dorothy Kazel, an Ursuline; and Jean Donovan, a lay missionary.’
    • ‘In 1604, the Ursulines opened their first convent in France that was dedicated to educating women.’
    • ‘Congratulations to Sister Elizabeth Guidera from the community of the Ursulines, who recently celebrated the golden jubilee of her profession.’
    • ‘The Ursulines - an order for women - helped the poor; the Somaschi helped orphans in Venetia and the Barnabites in Milan helped the poor.’
    • ‘Her ties with others, particularly the Ursulines, were also damaged.’


  • Relating to the Ursuline order.

    • ‘‘Some of those Ursuline nuns must have learned a great deal from the Senator's tactics’, he writes.’
    • ‘The first orphan asylum in the United States was established in 1729 by Ursuline nuns to care for children orphaned in massacres by Native Americans at Natchez, Mississippi.’
    • ‘The girls from the Ursuline school deserve to take a bow for their contribution.’
    • ‘The English Language Summer School will be held at the Ursuline Secondary School during the month of July.’
    • ‘When Dolly, who had become an Ursuline sister known as Mother Superior Amadeus, moved to the Indian school at St. Peter's Mission between Simms and Cascade, Montana, she beckoned Mary.’
    • ‘He said he had also spoken to the City Engineer about the possibility of an extra school warden to ensure safety on the roads outside the Ursuline school.’
    • ‘She works with Brownsville's Ursuline nuns, who pay her ‘an irregular stipend,’ based on donations, to run the Derechos Humanos clinic.’
    • ‘Dr Calvert's appointment as headteacher of Ursuline High five years ago was itself a radical move for the school, as all previous headteachers had been Ursuline sisters.’
    • ‘It is not an ‘easy’ read, because American Ursuline nun Dianna Ortiz's story is long and fraught with great suffering.’
    • ‘A native of Cork the much loved Ursuline sister first entered the order in 1929, was a primary teacher for many years and later became school principal until 1975 when she retired.’
    • ‘He death took place at the Ursuline Convent, Krughersdorp, South Africa.’
    • ‘But the most outstanding memory was a tour of the beautiful medieval town of Saint Emilion, and home to the Ursuline sisters who are believed to have been the first to bake the now famous French macaroons.’
    • ‘St Angela's College on the shores of Lough Gill was founded as a Training College for Teachers for Home Economics by the Ursuline congregation in 1952.’
    • ‘Although she says four years at an Ursuline convent school instilled discipline in her, she was not particularly academic and, at 16, not bothering to check her O-level results, she enrolled at the London Studio Centre to train as an actor.’
    • ‘Mlle Poisson studied first at an Ursuline convent at Poissy; then her family moved to Paris where she had special tutoring in music, singing and acting.’
    • ‘Family members and Ursuline sisters sought to comfort her; she did not recognize them.’
    • ‘Memories of my first day as an altar boy at the Cathedral sprang to mind as did my couple of years at the Ursuline school and later, St John's National School.’


From St Ursula, the founder's patron saint (see Ursula, St), + -ine.