|Saint Ursula symbolizes the significance of Catholic education.
Saint Ursula’s historical account is tied to accounts of a virgin princess who was martyred, hence the crown she wears. She is also shown with an Abbess’ crozier and an arrow, symbolizing how she died.. The SHJC valued the Ursuline role in “religious instruction … throughout the world” which provided “proper preparation for motherhood.”
According to archival documents, the predella shows supposed to show women of diverse ethnic backgrounds, which is does, but also the roles they took through the “great mission work of Catholic schools throughout the world.” These roles appear instead in Saint Bridget’s predella. Also described in these documents are “an adaption of the College seal” that does not appear.