Bellarmine University honors bond with Ursuline Sisters

Record Staff Report

Bellarmine University named a patio on the school’s quad for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Nov. 27.

Ursuline Terrace will serve as a reminder of the “university’s enduring Ursuline roots,” a news release from the school said.

The patio’s dedication is part of a yearlong commemoration of Ursuline College’s merger with Bellarmine College 50 years ago, which formed a co-educational college that is now Bellarmine University.

Sister Janet Marie Peterworth, president of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville and a member of Bellarmine’s Board of Trustees, said much has happened in the 50 years since the merger.

“The Ursulines were teachers here at Bellarmine from the time of the merger until not too many years ago. … So our lives have been intertwined over these 50 years. What a creative and fitting idea to name this the Ursuline Terrace,” Sister Peterworth said.

Ursuline Terrace is located outside Horrigan Hall and bears the following description: “This Terrace honors the 400-year-long tradition of educational excellence of the Ursuline Sisters.”

Dr. Susan M. Donovan, Bellarmine’s president, said the terrace dedication is another “permanent reminder to us all of our Ursuline heritage.”

Ursuline College was a Catholic college for women established by the Ursuline Sisters at in 1938, “with roots going back to the opening of the Sacred Heart Junior College and Normal School in 1921,” the release noted.

In 1968, Ursuline College merged with Bellarmine — a Catholic college for men — “after several years of increased coordination,” according to the press release.

The merged institution was called Bellarmine-Ursuline College for three years. It became Bellarmine College again in 1971.

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