Even though I’m a day late, I’m determined to post this today! I already missed S and T, in spite of having slub. szczesliwy and Sukiennice at the ready, and Theresa, of course! I can’t be everywhere! (a hard realisation for a lady like me to make)
In Poland many girls names trace back to a saint, and Urszula is no exception. The photo shown above is actually of an Italian Catholic saint, who was instrumental in the setting up of the Ursulines. This is a religious order, founded in Brescia in 1535, and now a world wide organisation.
Urszula Maria Ledóchowska was a Polish religious sister who founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonising Heart of Jesus. Doesn’t sound much fun, does it? Born Julia Maria Ledóchowska on 17.4.65, she entered the novitiate of the Ursulines in Kraków. She received the name of Ursula at the end of her training, and went on to become Mother Superior. In Kraków she set up a home for female university students, then travelled abroad with the blessing of the Pope, fighting religious oppression. She was active in St. Petersburg, Russia, in Finland, Stockholm and in Denmark. In May 1939 she died in Rome, and was canonised by Pope John Paul II in May 2003.
Her feast day is May 29th, which may well be why my neice, Ula (short for Urszula), born May 28th, takes her name. You’ve seen Ula before. She’s the “lady of the cakes” who’s helping to run her Dad’s pieczywo de smakoszy (tasty cake shop) in Kraków.
There was another Urszula in the family, Dad’s older sister, whom I never met. Over the years I have seen an assortment of photos, but know little of her history, other than that she died early. Here she is, on her wedding day.
And that just leaves us with urodziny– birthdays! You can imagine how many cards I send to Poland every year, can’t you?
I’m sure Frizz won’t mind that I’m slightly out of sync on his series of A-Z’s. He’s a very forgiving chap, and the letter V which is next up doesn’t exist in Polish. (W is pronounced “v”) There is no timescale for Julie Dawn Fox’s Personal A-Z Challenge, which I’m sure you’ll agree is just as well. I’d be very happy if you could check out both, and maybe even join in?