• Dr. Karen McNay
February 6, 2017

“We have more need to serve than to be served.” -St. Angela Merici

St. Angela’s Feast Day demonstrated the strength of the Ursuline legacy with a day of service joining students, faculty, staff, parents and alumnae together in Serviam. Our day of service expanded to Saturday as our Baton Rouge alumnae joined together in serving at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

A striking difference in Ursuline women and others can be summed up in one word: Serviam. The call “I will serve” requires so much more than a service hour logged on a sheet. Serviam necessitates a stillness — to stop and see the needs of others. Serviam requires listening — to hear others’ story and to respond to their needs. Serviam draws upon our responsibility — to respond to the needs of our family, community and world. Serviam is steeped in leadership — to lead and collaborate with others to make a change.

Most of all Serviam is steeped in hope for a brighter tomorrow and the belief that one person’s actions will make a difference. St. Angela did not set out to change the world through grandiose actions, but through each simple act of love. St. Angela knew joy comes from giving of ourselves and through joy we change the world. While an Ursuline education seeks to aid each young woman in reaching her full potential, our greatest gift instills a life of service for we have more need to give than to receive.