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Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland

Transforming society through contemplation, justice, and compassion.

Breaking News

The Countdown to Moving Day!

The week of February 18 is fast approaching and before we know it, 70 of our sisters will be moving into Merici Crossings from the current motherhouse and other houses as far as Elyria and Hudson. This is the day that we all have been waiting and praying for. On Saturday, January 19, sisters moving into Merici Crossings gathered for our first “house meeting.” This was an exciting morning as many of us, for the first time, were able to see our completed suites, the new chapel, the new community dining room (pictured) and other common spaces.

Be assured that each day, the Ursuline Sisters pray for you and those who are dear to you. Please keep us in your prayers as we make our first major move in more than 50 years.

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