The Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk comprise an order of Catholic nuns founded by Saint Angela Merici, who lived in Brescia, Italy, in the 16th century. Founded with a mission to serve the poorest people in the community, the Ursuline sisters continued to adapt their practices to meet the needs of the people; centuries ago, they were the first order of sisters to provide educational services.
The Tildonk branch of the Ursuline sisters came about in Belgium in the early 19th century; in the 1920s, the Tildonk order established itself in New York. Today, Ursuline sisters at this location offer a number of services for those in financial distress, acting as educators (teachers and principals), health care professionals, and spiritual leaders (including hospital chaplains).
In keeping with their tradition of evolving to meet the people’s needs, the Ursuline Sisters of the 21st century are active in matters of social justice, and model much of their work on feminist principles with the goal of ending racism, sexism, and classism.
About Gregory Shanaphy: Gregory Shanaphy supports several charitable foundations, including the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk and the Nazareth Village Priest Retirement Building Fund. Mr. Shanaphy is also a member at St. Philomena’s Church of Livingston, New Jersey.