On Sunday, the city of New Orleans will celebrate the feast day of her patron saint, Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Perhaps nowhere in the city will the celebration be more heartfelt than at Ursuline Academy — the oldest girls' school in the nation, founded in 1727.
The Ursuline nuns have prayed to Our Lady of Prompt Succor to protect their convent and their city for centuries. Time and time again, she is reported to have delivered. The nuns are convinced their saint did not fail them this time either, during Hurricane Katrina. Gwendolyn Thompkins, a native New Orleanian and an alumna of Ursuline, reports on the re-opening of the school, the history of Our Lady, and the staying power of the Ursuline order in New Orleans.