Progress toward our goal:

Help us build a future of continued loving service to the people of Greater Cleveland.

Breaking News

Bold Faith, a Bold New Goal!

We are delighted to share that we have surpassed the Bold Faith | Building a Future Celebration Goal of $8 million and we now confidently set our sights on the Challenge Goal of $9 million. With the early generous support by friends and family – and the our sisters, and with the inspiring challenge of the Moran Family Foundation, the campaign achieved its Celebration Goal in the first 12 months of active fundraising. We are already more than halfway to the $1 million our Challenge Goal represents!

The bold faith that has led us to come out from under the tremendous burden of the current motherhouse and build a more suitable residence is the same bold faith that leads us to invite others to share in the life and mission of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland through their support of the Bold Faith Campaign. Merici Crossings is expected to be ready to welcome our sisters in fall 2018.

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