Mother Cecelia Wang, OSU, left, Prioress General of Ursulines of the Roman Union, is shown in Rome with the Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly Woman of Conscience Award she received last year from The College of New Rochelle.
Mary Sullivan, OSU, at right, Provincial Prioress of the Eastern Province, had accepted the honor for Mother Cecelia at the Academic Convocation October 12, 2012.
Throughout her tenure as an Ursuline sister, Mother Cecelia has made access to education for marginalized groups, a focal point of her work. Emphasizing Christian values, Mother Cecelia has mentored countless students and her fellow Ursuline sisters with genuine self-giving and vivacity: two of the many gifts that she shares in common with Sister Dorothy Ann.
Mother Cecelia was born and grew up in Taiwan where she was among the first graduates of Wenzao Ursuline College (now known as Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages). Wenzao is an institution familiar to The College of New Rochelle and the Ursulines of the Community of St. Teresa, having shared several faculty.
Mother Cecelia earned her bachelor's degree in English from Tamking Univeristy, Taipei. The year she graduated from Tamking she entered the Ursulines of the Roman Union. After her final profession of vows she was sent to Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, to study, and earned a master's degree in educational administration.
Returning to Taiwan, she taught English and personal growth/ethics at Wenzao College, Stella Maris High School, and Stella Maris Primary School. She served as Principal of the Ursuline Stella Maris High School in Hualien on the east coast of Taiwan, home of many minority groups, especially the aboriginal people.
The aborigines are marginalized in many ways in Taiwanese society, thus the school created a special program for these students. Linked closely with the student's families, this program helps them preserve their languages and cultures while allowing them to develop their self-esteem and integrate themselves more successfully into mainstream Taiwanese culture. The design and mission of this program profoundly shares the practices and the mission of Ursuline educators around the world.
In 1996, Mother Cecelia went back to teach at Wenzao and started a Center of Spirituality to promote Christian spirituality through personal growth courses, activities, and volunteer services among students and to
offer private lessons for initiation into Catholicism.
As principal of an Ursuline school and mentor to students, she has given much of her time to the formation of younger sisters. In 200, 4 she was appointed Provincial, and at the General Chapter meeting of the Ursulines
of the Roman Union in 2007 she was elected Prioress General.
A truly global leader in this office, she has traveled widely visiting sisters in many of the 36 countries where sisters of the Roman Union live and minister. She has followed St. Angela's counsels to "go often and visit dear daughters and sisters" and by example "seek to spread peace and concord."