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A religious order of women founded for the education of girls. The Rule of Saint Augustine was adopted in 1544 when the first approbation was received from Pope Paul III. As many important details remained unsettled at this time, several congregations, differing widely in customs but all calling themselves Ursulines, were forrned. Final approbation was received from Paul V in 1618. Among the important congregations were those of Paris (developed from the first foundations), introduced into Ireland in 1771, by Nano Nagle, foundress of the Order of the Presentation; of Bordeaux in 1606; of Lyons in 1610; of Dijon in 1619; of Quebec in 1639. The first establislullent in the United States was made at New Orleans in 1727.

MLA Citation

  • “Ursulines“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 July 2015. Web. 4 September 2015. <>