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Ursula Julia Ledóchowska
Born 17 April 1865, Loosdorf, Lower Austria
Died 29 May 1939 (aged 74)
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 20 June, 1983, Poznan, Poland by Pope John Paul II
Canonized 18 May 2003, Vatican by Pope John Paul II
Feast 26 May

Sister Ursula Ledóchowska (1865-1939), was an Austrian-born religious leader. She became a Roman Catholic nun and founded the Congregation of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus. She is a prominent member of the Ledóchowski family.


Born as Julia Maria Ledóchowska on 17 April 1865 in Loosdorf, Lower Austria to a Polish nobleman and an Austrian mother as one of five children. The siblings were born on the estate of their father, Count Antoni Halka-Ledóchowski. Mieczysław Cardinal Ledóchowski was a paternal uncle.

Due to financial reverses, the family moved to Saint Poelten and later to their father's estate (Lipnica Murowana near Tarnów, Poland) in Poland in 1873. Count Antoni Halka-Ledóchowski died of smallpox in February 1885. The siblings' uncle, Cardinal Ledóchowski, assumed responsibility for them.

Saint Ursula Ledóchowska died on 29 May 1939 at Rome, aged 74, in the Gray Ursuline convent, Via del Casalet, of natural causes. Her incorrupt body was translated to the Gray Ursuline motherhouse in Pniewy, Poland in 1989.


She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 20 June 1983 and canonized in 2005. Her sister, Maria Teresia Ledóchowska, was beatified on 19 October 1975 by Pope Paul VI for her services to the Catholic Church.

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