Saturday, July 02, 2005

Ursuline Convent Auction

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Photo: Auction Sign

Last weekend I visited Ursuline Academy to attend the Convent's "Content's Auction". The campus includes a school, and convent which is located at 1400 North Fifth Street in Springfield, Illinois. Founded in 1857, the Catholic High School Academy's motto is " I will serve."

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Auction shopper walks away with a bit of Ursuline history

The number of women desiring a life of service to God through the sisterhood has fallen, as the role of women in society has changed. Dwindling numbers of sisters has meant consolidation, and closures of convents throughout the U.S.

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Ursuline's Statue of Saint Joseph

I spoke with one nearby resident who expressed concern for the fate of the neihborhood. Just to the South of Ursuline Academy is St. Joseph's elementary school, and to the North is Springfield College in Illinois. The presence of such fine institutions has played an important role in keeping the mood of the surrounding neihborhoods positive - despite the general decline of Springfield's North Side.

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Photo: Ursuline Music Conservatory

While it's true that the facility itself will certainly find use, the departure of the sisters is historic to the neighborhood, and to Springfield.

I have also included photographs of St. Joe's Elementary School, and Springfield College in Illinois.


Not to forget St. Joe's Elementary School to the South.

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Saint Joseph's West Entrance

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Saint Joseph's Gymnasium

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Saint Joseph's Statue of Saint Joseph

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A Modern Saint Joseph's - It looks like a nun's hat, doesn't it?

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Springfield College In Illinois

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Springfield College in Illinois' Ccornerstone

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