Ursulines honor an associate with Angeline Award

Carolyn Neely

Carolyn Neely

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville presented the Angeline Award, an honor they bestow every other year, to Ursuline Associate Carolyn Neely “for modeling Christian leadership and a contemplative love of God,” according to a news release from the Ursuline Sisters. It was presented during a ceremony on Oct. 25.

“Every two years since 1991, the Ursuline Sisters have recognized a woman who exemplifies in her daily life the charism of St. Angela Merici, the foundress of the Ursuline Sisters. The Ursulines’ charism is ‘a contemplative love of God and a resulting openness and eagerness to serve the needs of others,’ ” the announcement said. “Neely’s desire to better the lives of others has been evident in her work with the elderly, special needs children, the Ursuline Associate Call program and her parish.”

Neely, who lives and serves in Cumberland, Md., is credited with continuing the presence of the Ursulines in that area after the sisters left in 2010.

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville began serving as teachers in western Maryland in 1870. By the end of their 140-year ministry there, the Louisville Ursulines also served in parish and health-care ministry.

Neely was educated by the Ursulines in Cumberland and taught in Catholic schools for 30 years. She joined the Ursuline Associate Call program when the sisters left the area, according to a press release from the sisters.

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