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Ursulines. Monastic order established in 1535 by St Angela Merici, a lay Franciscan, at Brescia (Italy). Orginally intended for religious women living in their own homes as teachers, the order became communal in 1566 under the guidance of St Charles Borromeo, while from 1612 the Ursulines of Paris, and later throughout France (where the largest number of communities were concentrated) and beyond, were strictly enclosed following an Augustinian rule. The order became famous for missionary and educational activity, particularly in North America. In 1900 most Ursuline communities (which followed differing institutes) were united in the ‘Roman Union’.

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Ursuline a nun of an order founded by St Angela Merici (1470–1540) at Brescia in 1535 for nursing the sick and teaching girls. It is the oldest teaching order of women in the Roman Catholic Church.

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