Ursuline Global Education Conference in South Africa

This summer the conference was held in South Africa, hosted by Brescia House School in Bryanstown,  Johannesburg, a magnificent establishment from Pre-School to High School, covering a very large complex.

Ursuline Schools in Ireland were represented by Sr Mairead (Principal in Ursuline College, Sligo), Pat Curran (Principal in St Angela’s College, Cork), Lucy Lambe (Principal Ursuline, Blackrock), Orlagh Brett (Principal in Cabinteely Community School) and Sr June Fennelly (Ursuline Education Officer in Ireland).  Our group joined some 65 other Ursuline delegates, Sisters and lay leaders, from 17 countries including – Brazil, Taiwan, Australia, Peru, United States, Thailand, Indonesia, five African countries and some European countries.

The conference opened with a beautiful Liturgy sung by the pupils of two Ursuline schools.  The Entrance Hymn was a wonderful rendering of “St. Angela, woman of God” sung to the air of Parry’s Jerusalem.   St. Angela and her life was very much the focus in the Mass. The theme of the conference was “Peace, Justice  and Reconciliation in the context of Ursuline Education”.    A variety of speakers dealt with topics such as “Ursuline Values in today’s Education”, “Challenges in the Ursuline Ministries in Africa” and  ”Youth Challenges to authority – a World-view.”

The environment was marked by the prevalence of Angeline  symbols, art work and quotations of her words.    The hospitality of the host school was incredible – the meals and entertainment were superb.  Our most abiding memory was the sense of unity that existed as we shared the Angeline spirit. Ursuline teachers from East and West, North and South shared a common language learned from a little Italian Saint from Desenzano