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Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland

Transforming society through contemplation, justice, and compassion.

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Stretching Toward a New Goal

Time and again, the Ursuline Sisters offer special prayers of gratitude for all who are supporting the Bold Faith campaign. We are especially grateful for those who helped match the $100,000 challenge given by an anonymous donor in memory of Jean Hulseman Kloos. Each gift and pledge doubled in value. Thank you!

The recent anonymous challenge of $100,000 in honor of Jean Hulseman Kloos pushed the campaign past the $9 million milestone. The total amount raised was $183,794.85. We are so grateful to everyone who contributed to this latest challenge. We now believe we can stretch toward a new goal of $10 million. Every additional gift and pledge helps toward the cost of building and furnishing Merici Crossings. This will also help with any debt financing we may incur to complete the building. Please continue to pray for the success of the campaign and for all of our generous donors.

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ursuline sisters at a glance


Total Number of Sisters
64 full time
42 part time
31 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