Ursuline Franciscan Lay Associates (UFLA)
Through Baptism all the faithful are made one body with Christ and are constituted the people of God. Each in their own way are made sharers in the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Christ. They carry out their own part in the mission of the whole Christian people with respect to the church and the world (LG 31). Indeed as a person with a truly unique life story, each is called by name to make a special contribution to the coming of the Kingdom of God. No talent, no matter how small, is to be hidden or left unused. In this regard we hear the words of St Peter: “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace’ (1Pt 4:10).
The Ursuline Franciscan Congregation is at a privileged position to establish Ursuline Franciscan Lay Association (UFLA) as the history of the Institute repeats what had happened 125 years ago. It was founded as the Association of St Ursula in 1887 by Fr Urban Stein SJ, to get the collaboration from the lay faithful so that their expertise and their numerous gifts may be drawn upon not only in the Church related activities but that they might be invited to hearken to the call of Christ the Lord to work in his vineyard in the secular sphere too.
The Ursuline Franciscan Congregation opens its portals to the Catholic men and women of goodwill who wish to join hands with its members in the fulfilment of the mission entrusted to it by the Founder and the Pioneering members. They shall share in the life and ministry of the Ursuline Franciscan Lay Associates and shall share in the charism and spirituality of the Congregation.