NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The College of New Rochelle celebrated the feast day of St. Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline Sisters, on Thursday, Jan. 28, with events that focused on Ursuline service.
Community members assembled for mass in the Holy Family Chapel, where Fr. Joseph Flynn, noted that St. Angela “was able to give love a concreteness in her time” when she decided that, rather than being cloistered, the Ursulines would serve and live among the poor.
Following the mass, a reception was held in Leland Castle at which the Ursuline Service Awards were presented to students and alumni representing each of the College’s four schools.
“Although Angela lived in the 16th century, her life and work resonate with the concerns of the modern world,” said Alison More, executive director of mission and ministry. “In particular, she was committed to the education of women and to improving society.”
President Judith Huntington traced the strong influence of St. Angela on the College, noting, “Our students are the contemporary expression of St. Angela.”
The Ursuline Service Award recipients were Andrea Fobbs SNR’13 GS’15, Catherine Pena SN’16, Jade Sailor SAS’18, and Cheryl Clarke SNR’15.
Fobbs, a native of Mount Vernon, is currently studying for her certificate in Long Term Care Administration. She has volunteered with AmeriCorps and the New Rochelle Public Library, where she helped job seekers create resumes and cover letters.
A community health representative for the Student Nurses Association, Pena, a New York City resident, works to raise awareness of domestic violence by partnering with Counseling and Health Services and the One Love Foundation.
Sailor, who hails from Bloomfield, Conn., is active in the sophomore class and in CNR organizations including Spectrum, which encourages discussion of diversity issues, and the Model UN.
Through her work with the Montego Bay High School Alumnae Association of New York, Clarke from Mt. Vernon participates in community service projects and works to improve conditions for young women of her native Jamaica.
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