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Order of St. Ursula institutions celebrate 165th year in Jakarta

The Order of St. Ursula commemorated the 165th anniversary of the establishment of its convent and school in Jakarta, Indonesia on Jan. 18.

Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo, the archbishop of Jakarta, officiated the Holy Mass to celebrate the legacy of the Sancta Ursula monastery and the St. Ursula Catholic School.

Spanning from early childhood education to high school, Sancta Ursula Schools cover playgroups, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

The nationwide acclaim it has garnered stands as a testament to the institution’s unwavering commitment to providing quality education.

The success of Sancta Ursula extends beyond academic achievements, playing a pivotal role in shaping young Indonesian females into individuals characterized by nationalism, integrity, and influence across various societal sectors. Graduates have emerged as leaders in business, education, media, social services, and more.

A significant chapter in the school’s history unfolded during a critical period, as alumni rallied to initiate a free vaccination program that originated in Jakarta and extended across Java through mobile vaccination services. This altruistic move significantly impacted the nation’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cardinal Suharyo publicly acknowledged the contributions of Sancta Ursula, expressing gratitude on behalf of the Catholic community and the Jakarta Archdiocese. He praised the Ursuline Sisters and Sancta Ursula School for their profound impact on Indonesian society.

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As Sancta Ursula School observes its 165th anniversary under the theme “Revive to New Heights,” Sr. Moekti K. Gondosasmito OSU emphasized the deliberate choice of the theme to invigorate innovation, growth, and collaboration. The institution’s ability to adapt to challenges and societal needs over the years has been crucial to its enduring success.

Sr. Moekti underscored the significance of embodying the motto “Serviam” (I will serve) to both the Church and society. The school’s commitment to serving the community, exemplified by the free vaccination initiative during the pandemic, reflects its dedication to a noble mission: Soli Deo Gloria.

Recognizing the long history of the Sancta Ursula monastery and educational institution, Cardinal Suharyo expressed gratitude to the alumni, highlighting their diverse roles in society guided by the spirit of Serviam. He commended Sancta Ursula’s mission to educate young people, fostering a learning community that integrates faith and human values into society.

Drawing inspiration from Rabindranath Tagore’s biography, Cardinal Suharyo expressed hope that Sancta Ursula would continue providing its students with a clear vision to navigate the world and make decisions for the greater good.

Sr. Lita Hasanah OSU, Chief of the Ursuline Order of Indonesia Province, extended gratitude to the Archdiocese of Jakarta for inviting Ursuline Sisters from the Netherlands to contribute to education in Indonesia. The Ursuline sisters’ journey in Indonesia began in 1856, addressing the lack of education for female children in Jakarta.

Sr. Lita paid tribute to Sr. Francesco Marianti OSU, an Indonesian native whose 55 years of dedicated service in the Sancta Ursula School compound significantly contributed to its influence in society. Sr. Francesco’s initiative led to the establishment of another Sancta Ursula School in BSD City.

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