Sister Ursula Ording, OP, formerly known as Sister James Peter Ording, died on April 15, 2013, at McCloud Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina. She was 78 years of age, and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Ursula was born in Lansing, Michigan, to James and Neva (Fuller) Ording. She graduated from Resurrection High School in Lansing, Michigan, and received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a master of arts degree in earth science from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Sister was a teacher at St. Augustine School in Grafton from 1961-1964. Sister spent 24 years ministering in education in Adrian and Detroit; Maywood, Illinois; Melbourne, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, Florida; Grafton; and Los Angeles, California. She was a high school teacher at Rosarian Academy; an Adrian Dominican sponsored institution in West Palm Beach for 10 years. Sister Ursula was co-founder of the To Kalon Art Center in Los Gatos, California, where she worked for seven years. She was also an art teacher for three years at the To Kalon Art Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Sister became the director of Springbank Retreat Center in Kingstree, South Carolina, in 1986, a position she held for 17 years. In 2003, she retired from that position, but remained at Springbank as a volunteer.
Sister Ursula is survived by a brother, Joseph Ording, of Santa Rosa, California. Interment of ashes was April 26 in the congregation cemetery.