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$100,000 Bold Faith Challenge Grant

The Ursuline Sisters are excited to announce a new $100,000 dollar-for-dollar challenge grant in support of the Bold Faith | Building a Future campaign to build a new residence for our sisters in Pepper Pike.

A friend of the Ursuline Sisters is making this anonymous challenge to honor the memory of Jean Hulseman Kloos. Inspired by the success of the Moran Family Foundation Challenge, the donor will match every new gift or pledge to double its value through this challenge grant. The donor is impressed with our bold vision as we continue to strengthen our Ursuline mission and create a legacy for the future.

Jean Hulseman Kloos was a humble and gracious agent of kindness. She lived by building community wherever she went with her welcoming demeanor. Jean was co-founder with her husband, Bob, and others of Beacon Street Performing Arts in Ministry. She also created Helping Hands at Ruffing Montessori School. In all of these efforts, she understood the importance of selfless work and sought to render her good deeds invisible. With a smile that filled the hearts of anyone she met, Jean wanted nothing more than to allow others to feel comfortable and included. This quiet, behind-the-scenes woman left a lasting impression on the lives of all she touched.

We invite you to be a part of this wonderful challenge honoring this remarkable woman. What a difference your gift or pledge will make! You can make a gift or pledge today by clicking the donate button.

ursuline sisters at a glance


Total Number of Sisters
66 full time
42 part time
34 retired


Current ministry locations throughout Greater Cleveland


Median age of sisters


Number of parishes and schools where the sisters have served


The year the Ursulines arrived in Cleveland, becoming the first religious order in the city, now having provided continuous service for 167 years

Mary Ann Blakeley

Mary Ann Blakeley

"How can we participate in a way that honors what Ursulines have done for all of us and honors their continued ability to do their ministry in Northeast Ohio? I think it would be a privilege for everybody to participate in a way that's meaningful to the Ursulines."

– Mary Ann Blakeley

Peggy Connell

Peggy Connell

“In my first experience with the Ursulines, I felt their welcoming hospitality. This and their ability to find better ways to do things are the qualities that I most admire about them.”

– Peggy Connell

Jim Connell

Jim Connell

“There is no mystique that distances the Ursuline Sisters from other people. It is so easy to work with them – as they are genuine and right there for you. What’s significant to the Ursulines are the people, the mission, and where they need to be – and I think that is very important.”

– Jim Connell

Martha Booth

Martha Booth

“ As I got to know the Ursulines, I came to realize that they are educators – not just educators in the classroom – but educators in how to live a good spiritual life. That is something I’d like to emulate.”

– Martha Booth