photo above from a 1954 album found in the old Ursuline museum.
The recent trip I took back to San Antonio to visit friends had one mandatory visit. The site of our childhood school, Ursuline Academy.
photo above is a painting of the school that is in the school’s museum
A Bishop Odin of Galveston sent French Catholic Ursuline nuns from New Orleans and Galveston to San Antonio in 1851, under the leadership of Father Dubuis, to establish the first girls school in San Antonio. The architects commissioned were Francois Giraud and Jules Poinsard for a construction of Pise de Terre (rammed earth).
The grotto in back. Envision all the school girls in their blue and white uniforms standing here on the mornings of May, to place a crown of flowers on the virgin’s head and sing her praise…”Immaculate Mary our hearts are on fire…Ave, ave, ave Maria”.
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Yours truly and friends can be found in this photo.
It was a sweet trip home.
The old Ursuline is now the Southwest School of Art. Click here for more history.