The Leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville issued the following statement in response to the events of January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C.:

Together with many other Americans across the country, we were horrified by the tragic events that unfolded at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. We grieve for the loss of life that occurred and condemn the violence and lawlessness of those involved.

We applaud the service of Congress, who, amid the chaos, worked late into the night to carry out their duties by voting to certify the presidential election and the peaceful transfer of power of the presidency.

Our nation is divided. We commit ourselves to prayer for peace and healing for our country and to work for the common good. President Abraham Lincoln, who led our country through the most divided period of its history, said, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Let us all appeal to our better angels as we strive to form a more perfect union, together.

The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Kentucky, are an apostolic religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church, rooted in the spirit and tradition of St. Angela Merici, committed to a life of prayer and community and participation in the teaching mission of the Church.


 “U.S. Capitol building” photo by Gage Skidmore