April 17, 2022

He is not here, for He has risen just as He said. 
Come see the place where He was lying.
- Matthew 28:6
 
Hallelujah, He is risen! Today, we celebrate The Feast of the Resurrection - the most important event in our liturgical year. The Resurrection represents Christ’s victory over death and the promise of eternal life for those who follow Him.
 
Throughout the Lenten season, we have strived to prepare our hearts through acts of service, repentance, prayer, and fasting so that we may better experience the great joy of Easter. In the words of St. Angela, who greatly valued the power of Christ’s Passion, “Lay it all at the foot of the cross. Let your first refuge be at the feet of Jesus Christ.”
 
At Ursuline Academy, this season has been recognized in many special ways. Our students participated in special service in support of both Second Harvest Food Bank and our Ursuline Sisters serving in Ukraine. Our Ursuilne girls experienced retreats, special morning prayer times, the Way of the Cross, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We culminated the season on Holy Thursday with a beautiful live Passion Play that our 6th and 7th grade students participated in. The reverence of the girls as they participated in this solemn depiction was especially impressive. 
 
We are so appreciative of the work of our area priests - especially our beloved chaplains, Fr. Sidney Speaks and Fr. Colin Braud - in hearing confessions. A special thank you to our Campus Minister, Retreat Team, and Director of Mission for their facilitation of the many events and services, and the work of the classroom teachers in preparing our girls throughout the Lenten Season. Thank you to the parents who assisted with Easter egg hunts for our youngest students. And above all, we are thankful for the example of our dear Ursuline Sisters - those currently serving in our area, and all who came before us. We stand on the shoulders of these incredible women.
 
I pray that you all experience the joy of the Resurrection today and have a special day of Easter services, family, and friends.
 
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
 
Happy Easter to all of our Ursuline family,
Dr. Karen G. Jakuback
Academy President