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Saint Ursula Ledochowska - May 29

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Saint Ursula Ledochowska Also known as Julia Ledóchowska Urszula Ledóchowska Memorial 29 May Profile Daughter of Count Anthony Ledochowska, a Polish noble, and an Austrian mother. One of five …More
Saint Ursula Ledochowska
Also known as

Julia Ledóchowska
Urszula Ledóchowska
Memorial

29 May

Profile

Daughter of Count Anthony Ledochowska, a Polish noble, and an Austrian mother. 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. 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. Missionary to Russia in 1907 by order of Pope Pius X. Expelled during the Communist Revolution, she continued her work throughout Scandanavia. 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. A noted orator, she frequently spoke before royalty and national leaders. 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.

Born

17 April 1865 at Loosdoor, Austria as Julia
Died

29 May 1939 in the Gray Ursuline convent, Via del Casalet, Rome, Italy of natural causes
incorrupt body transferred to the Gray Ursuline motherhouse in Pniewy, Poland on 29 May 1989
Venerated

14 May 1983 by Pope John Paul II (decree of heroic virtue)
Beatified

20 June 1983 by Pope John Paul II at Poznan, Poland
Canonized

18 May 2003 by Pope John Paul II at Vatican Basilica
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