The Memorial of Saint Ursula Ledochowska
Saint Ursula Ledochowska is the Patron Saint of
Saint Ursula Ledochowska Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Feast Day, Beatification Date, Canonization DateMatrimony/Holy OrdersNuns/Sisters who became Saints
Saint Ursula Ledochowska brief life History
|Date of Birth||17 April 1865|
|Country of Birth||Austria in Europe|
|Profession||Foundress of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus.|
|Place of Work||Scandinavian countries, Poland, Russia|
|Date of Death||29 May 1939 (aged 74)|
|Place of Death||Rome, Kingdom of Italy|
|Feast Day||29 May|
|Beatification||By Pope John Paul II on 20 June 1983 in Poznań, Poland|
|Canonization||By Pope John Paul II on 18 May 2003 at Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City|
|Patron Saint of||Sieradz
Saint Ursula Ledochowska Short life History
Saint Ursula Ledochowska is also known as
• Julia Ledóchowska
• Urszula Ledóchowska
• She was daughter of Count Anthony Ledochowska, a Polish noble, and an Austrian mother.
• She wa one of five children in a pious family; sister of Saint Theresa Ledochowska. Due to financial failure, the family moved to Saint Poelten, Austria in 1873.
• Her father died of smallpox in February 1885, and Julia’s uncle Cardinal Lebo assumed responsibility for them.
• Julia felt a call to religious life, and became an Ursuline nun, taking the name Ursula.
• She founded the Ursulines of the Sacred Heart (Ursuline Sisters of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, Gray Ursulines) in 1906 with the motherhouse in Pniewy, Poland.
• She was a missionary to Russia in 1907 by order of Pope Pius X. She was expelled during the Communist Revolution, she continued her work throughout Scandanavia.
• She translated and published a catechism in Finnish.
• At the request of Pope Benedict XV, she moved to Rome. From there she administered her Order, and inspired others.
• She was a noted orator, she frequently spoke before royalty and national leaders.
• She called for, and defended the right of Polish independence.
• The Gray Ursulines continue their work today in Poland, Italy, France, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Germany, Tanzania, Belarus, and Ukraine.
Today’s Catholic Quote:
Saint Ursula Ledochowska was born on 17 April 1865 at Loosdoor, Austria as Julia Ledóchowska. She died on 29 May 1939 in the Gray Ursuline convent, Via del Casalet, Rome, Italy of natural causes. Her incorrupt body was transferred to the Gray Ursuline motherhouse in Pniewy, Poland on 29 May 1989.