St. Vincent’s Academy’s
St. Vincent’s Academy’s
F L A S H SPRING 2015
A Saint Vincent’s Academy Alumnae & Development Office Publication
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EDITOR Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64 PUBLISHERS Sisters of Mercy of St. Vincent’s Academy GRAPHIC DESIGN & PRODUCTION Christina Smith Winters ‘96 OFFICE OF ADVANCEMENT & ALUMNAE Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64 Leigh Johnson Sipple Mary Woodward Forbes ‘61 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS IN THIS ISSUE Mary Anne Hogan, Principal Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64 Karel B. Lucander Justin Johnson Taylor Culjan ‘99 Dawn Odom, SVA Athletic Director
Time to Tell the Story
Alumna Spotlight: Kelly Williams
Lives Dedicated to Mercy
CALENDAR OF EVENTS Alumnae Picnic, TBA
Tour & Tea Saturday, October 17, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Lovelight Christmas Tree Mid – November to December 18, 2015 Christmas Shopping Night Thursday, December 3, 2015 6 PM to PM Candlelight Concert Sunday, December 6, 2015 7 PM Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Fashion Show, Luncheon & Auction Presented by SVA and SCAD Date TBA
2015 McAuley and Walsh Awards
The Journey Continues
History Lesson: St. Vincent’s Academy was founded on June 23, 1845, when Father Jeremiah Francis O’Neill brought six Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy from Charleston, South Carolina, to educate Savannah’s young women in the finest tradition of a Catholic educational institution. St. Vincent’s opened as a private school and orphanage, with boarding facilities added a few years later. The early history of St. Vincent’s is intertwined with that of Savannah and the South. During the Civil War,
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Good Stewards of St. Vincent’s Academy
Shaping Futures on Cyber Island
South Pacific Musical
Advancement & Alumnae Office Changes
The Little Snoop
Events Throughout the Year
eight year-old Maggie Davis, whose father Jefferson Davis was President of the Confederate States of America, became a student at St. Vincent’s. Her brother also came to the convent daily to recite his lessons. In 1919, St. Vincent’s became exclusively dedicated to educating young women of high school age, offering a program centered on academics and values to prepare them for active, effective roles in the societies of their times. From the antebellum period to the present, St. Vincent’s has met the challenge of producing intellectual, responsible and compassionate women. Our thousands of alumnae have made and continue to make significant personal and professional contributions to the world.
From the Principal . . . When you live your life on a school calendar, you don’t necessarily mark the passage of time in years, months, or even hours. Teachers and administrators live by the minute. Planning periods are usually sixty minutes and teachers spend most of those precious minutes planning lessons, grading papers, doing research, calling parents, counseling students, and standing in line for the copier. A teacher’s lunch period is thirty minutes. Often times after a swift restroom break, a quick check of their mailbox, a brief chat with a student or two regarding makeup work, there is a whopping five or ten minutes left to actually eat. When teachers step out into “real life,” it makes perfect sense to begin or end an event three minutes after the hour since they are so accustomed to taking attendance in each class and giving students time to get settled before beginning a lesson. Every minute counts; every minute is precious. My entire adult life I have lived on a “teacher’s clock” and I believe that it has made me appreciate every second that God has given me. At the close of this school year, God will have blessed me with 2,628,000 minutes to this point at St. Vincent’s Academy (that’s five years). Each and every one of those minutes has brought me closer to God. Whether I am praying for wisdom, peace, understanding, patience, guidance, clarity, or expressing gratitude, many of my minutes are spent in prayer.
As we come to the end of another academic year, we look back on the joy and tears of our last 180 days together. As a school community, we have played, prayed, and grown. Our Religion classes have deeply studied the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy; our competitive One Act Play won for the region; Mary Abbott, a junior, won the State title in the Shakespearean monologue competition and went on to compete nationally at Lincoln Center in New York City. Our spring musical, South Pacific was spectacular and involved over 100 students from Benedictine and SVA. Taylor Deloach, a junior, defended her trio of State records in the arena of track; our Leadership and Service Clubs volunteered a record number of hours assisting local causes; our spiritual life has been enriched with prayer services, penance services, and liturgies; and our students have continued to push the envelope with rigor and excellence in their academic course work. It is always bittersweet as we prepare to send another crop of fine young women out into the world to continue their lives in the Mercy tradition that they have learned within the walls of their beloved SVA. The teachers and administration have dedicated many, many minutes into loving, supporting, guiding, nurturing, and teaching each of our students. Now as we go our separate ways for the summer, we pray for their safety and success. As I remind our young women, the phrase “Do not be afraid” is written in the Bible 365 times. That is a daily reminder from God to live every day, every moment fearlessly. We have used our 345,600 minutes that we have had with these young women over the course of their four years to prepare them, and to paraphrase from Catherine McAuley, “To fit them for earth without unfitting them for heaven.” They are ready to take on the world and lead.
Two women who have lived their lives fearlessly and full of Mercy are Sr. Gilmary O’Hayer, RSM and Sr. Michael Mary Brabner, RSM. Both of these amazing women are ending their ministry as full-time teachers at St. Vincent’s Academy and will be transitioning into part-time ministries as they enjoy the next phase of their lives. The number of lives that they have touched during their combined 84 years of service at St. Vincent’s Academy is immeasurable. Our prayer for them is that God blesses them with many, many more minutes, hours, days, and years of leisure and fun. Wonderful new things are on the horizon at SVA. Our enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year is at maximum capacity. We have just received a very substantial and generous donation to renovate our Science wing. We are in the preliminary stages of drafting plans so that we can grow with the new space and continue to meet the ever changing needs of our students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Exciting things are on the horizon. Remember that time is precious. Just for fun, try living by the minute for just one day and see how much more you appreciate your life. Use every moment to give glory to God and better the lives of others. Please take one minute out of every day to pray for the continued success of St. Vincent’s Academy and offer up a prayer of gratitude for the Sisters of Mercy who have led the way. God Bless You,
Mary Anne Hogan, Principal St. Vincent’s Academy
Women Who Lead
from the cover . . .
Leading in Courage
In March 2015, Elizabeth Helen “Betty” Barsic ‘18 celebrated her first year as a lymphoma cancer survivor! She is definitely a leader in demonstrating courage and strength to our SVA family! Thank you, Betty, for sharing your courage and love to others.
Leading in Athletics
You may see her in the Olympics one day! Taylor Deloach ‘16 is only a Junior and holds two state records and three first place wins in Track at the State of Georgia level. She holds the record for the long jump, at a staggering 19.11’ 5” and the 200m with a time of 23.39. Taylor also won first place at State with the 100m with a time of 11.8 seconds. Amazing!
Leading in Service Lily Kate Conneff ‘17 is a leader in Service. She was honored at the 2015 Georgia Youth Leadership Awards, in part because of her amazing efforts in creating the “Flip Flop Drop,” which donated a staggering 3,200 pairs of flip flops to homeless shelters in Savannah.
Leading in Academics Shivani Patel ‘15 will be attending the University of Georgia in the Fall. She is an Honor Roll student, has taken many AP and Honors classes, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Shivani was also accepted by Georgia Institute of Technology, Mercer University and Armstrong.
Time to Tell the Story…
of the Convent and Academy of St. Vincent de Paul Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64
Thousands and thousands of people have walked past the buildings facing north in the 200 block of East Liberty Street and most do not have a clue as to the 170 year history of the buildings they so casually pass. Some may be curious as to what lies behind the walls and through the gates. The tour guides tell little of the occurrences over almost two centuries of history. Not even the alumnae of this formidable institution know much of the myriad of events that have happened in relation to this venerable institution. That is why it is time to tell the story. It is a story of women. It begins with women who left their homes, families and country…things so important to one’s heart. Many would never see them again. Why would they do this? They were answering a higher call, a call from God to do His work with an abiding faith, to live according to the gospels and to exemplify the life and teachings of the founder of their religious order, Catherine McAuley… honor, dignity and a profound love for humanity. These were and are the Sisters of Mercy. Through their many compassionate good deeds, they would
These Sisters of Mercy have so infLuenced Savannah that a book is being written about the history, art and architecture of St. Vincent’s.
vastly improve the lives of others, especially women and children. They would contribute enormously to their new home, Savannah. These Sisters of Mercy have so influenced Savannah that a book is being written about the history, art and architecture of St. Vincent’s. By 1845, the original building was completed to be used as a convent, day school, boarding school and orphanage. More Sisters arrived to help with all of the daunting tasks facing them. Their land went from Liberty to Harris Streets, as the Cathedral had not been constructed. That land was desperately needed to grow food and to graze a cow for milk for the children. The arrival of 1855 would see the first addition to the original structure. The Sisters would repeat the design that noted architect, Charles Cluskey, used for the original building. The design would be repeated in 1875 for a monastic chapel. For 30 years, the Sisters took in children off of Savannah’s streets who were orphaned as victims of war, disease and simple abandonment. Finally, the Sisters would be
able to establish a separate orphanage on Habersham that would eventually become known as St. Mary’s Home on Victory Drive. There are so many stories that we take from the St. Vincent’s Archives, which provide an interesting and probably very accurate reflection of life in Savannah for the past 170 years. Here are some little-known tidbits that you will find in our book: • During Yellow fever epidemics, the Sisters did not lock themselves up in their convent, but visited homes to nurse the sick and roamed the streets to collect dead bodies. These bodies would be taken by them to designated areas to be picked up for burial…all the while they collected the most unfortunate children orphaned by the dread disease.
The above are only some of the stories you will read about in this fascinating book that will take you through the iron gates, inside the walls and down the halls of St. Vincent’s. Many of you will recognize photographs and names of people known to you. Those of you who have never visited the inside will see it and have important features explained and pointed out to you. Also in this book, we will take you the St. Vincent’s of today and show you how we grew from the corner of Liberty and Abercorn Streets to the corner of Liberty and Lincoln Streets and beyond. By this article, I hope to have interested you in all the things you never knew about St. Vincent’s and what it has meant to generations of Savannahians. Some of us might not be here today had the Sisters of Mercy not ministered to our ancestors! If things go as planned, this book, complete with so many photographs, will be ready to sell by Christmas of 2015. Oh, you might want to know the name, but that is going to be a surprise. Any guesses?
• Certainly, you are familiar with the book “Gone with the Wind,” but did you know that Margaret Mitchell named her character Melanie Wilkes after Sister Melanie at St. Vincent’s? Margaret Mitchell happened to be a cousin of our Sr. Melanie and knew her quite well. • In stories of gunfighters of the “Old West”, the name Doc Holliday will always arise. Yes, Doc Holliday had a connection with St. Vincent’s. No, you could not guess in a million years. Doc was a Georgia boy and happened to be the first cousin to a lovely girl named Mattie Holliday. They grew up as very close cousins. Mattie entered the Sisters of Mercy at St. Vincent’s and became known in religious life as Sr. Mary Melanie. Sr. Melanie never gave up on trying to reform Doc, though there is no doubt that she met her match in her gunfighter cousin! (There is more to this story, but you must read the book.) • A much more familiar story to many is that the Sisters and Convent of St. Vincent de Paul, though totally against the institution of slavery, had a personal, though somewhat accidental, relationship with Jefferson Davis (President of the Confederacy) and his wife, Varina. This relationship was through two of the Davis children who were educated at St. Vincent’s. It is a wonderful story and an outstanding example of mercy. • And what about those Bishops they buried in the yard? Let’s save that one for the book.
Spotlight on Alumna…
Candidate with the Sisters of Mercy, Kelly Williams ‘06 Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64
Kelly Williams graduated from St. Vincent Academy in 2006. She was a good student and always was a “go to” girl…one to whom you went to get things done and who did them well. Immediately following SVA, she attended Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and in 2010 received her degree in Theology. Kelly was delighted to accept a position with Belmont as an admissions counselor and enjoyed working in this field for 3 years. Returning to Savannah, Kelly worked at St. Mary’s Community Center with Sr. Pat Baber, R.S.M., preparing taxes for members of the community and tutoring at Benedictine Military School. She also spent time helping out at SVA as a substitute teacher, much to everyone’s delight. Below you will find my recent discussion with Kelly as she begins her journey to become a Sister of Mercy. I hope you will enjoy Kelly’s story as much as I have.
Question: When did you begin considering a religious vocation? Kelly: When I was in the fourth grade I remember specifically wanting to grow up to be a teacher and a sister. I thought about it in high school and pretty seriously in college and then I closed the door for a while. I worked for a few years and realized that I was tired of keeping God out of my life plan and started praying less about my specific plans and more about being open to God’s will in my life. Question: Pope Francis stated, “Vocations are born in prayer and from prayer; only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit.” What are your thoughts on this? Kelly: I fully believe this. God calls you for your Vocation, so why wouldn’t you talk to God about it! I am grateful for those who pray for Vocations and I continue to pray for Vocations as well. Question: What attracted you most to the religious life? Kelly: Oh, I ran from it for a while. I felt called to religious life. It is a different approach . . . a call, as opposed to an attraction. I had many fears that God would call me to religious life and I would lead a boring life. I couldn’t have been more wrong! This life has brought such joy, new experiences, and so much than I could have ever expected! Question: What made you choose the Sisters of Mercy out of all the religious orders? Kelly: I looked at a lot of orders online to see the different charisms and which one might be the right fit and what I appreciated about the Mercies is the diversity of ministries. As a Candidate, I will say that for me, I’m so happy I am with the Mercies because the fit is right for me. When I am with Mercies, I am home. Question: You are known as a “candidate”, correct? There used to be phases like Postulant, Novice, etc. Are the different steps today and what are they called? Kelly: That is correct. We still have many of those terms! For the Mercies we have: Candidacy (typically 2 years), Canonical Novice (1 year and a day), Apostolic Novice (1 year), Temporary Professed Sister (first vows, 3-6 years), and Perpetual vows. This used to be referred to as Final Vows or Lifetime. Question: Knowing that you completed college at Belmont Abbey are you attending classes now and, if so, what are they? Kelly: I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and I jokingly spent three years defending the notion that you can have a Theology degree without becoming a Vowed Religious Sister, I appreciate God’s sense of humor in my life! In Candidacy, I take a few online courses related to different aspects of Theology and we come together as Candidates to learn on various topics related to Mercies and religious life.
Question: You said you are working in the community in which you live. What type of work are you doing? Kelly: Currently my primary ministry is in the Emergency Department at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri as a Patient Support Associate. My background is Theology, so I am on the support staff for our technicians, nurses, and doctors! I also volunteer with Mercy Neighborhood Ministries to help with resources for the local community. The Mercies view their service as ministry, not just a job. It makes a big difference in a person’s mentality whether they go to another day at work or to actively think about how they will serve in their ministry. Question: How long will it take for you to be fully professed? Kelly: The process varies according to the person. I should be able to expect at least 7 years and in August I’ll have completed year one! Question: Many people want to know why the Sisters of Mercy, and some other orders, do not all live in a convent as a community. Can you address that? Kelly: During the early years in the shaping of the US history of many of the religious orders, sisters worked in schools or hospitals primarily and staffed those schools and hospitals. It’s pretty economical to have people live on the property if you have twenty sisters who all work in the same place. As the ministries of sisters have continued to expand, it becomes an economic issue. To have everyone live in the same place and work all over the city and at different hours, suddenly different commutes lend to the impracticality of everyone living together. Question: What would you say about community life these days? Is there a strong sense of community? Kelly: There is absolutely a strong sense of community, today! I can’t speak to the community that used to be, as that’s not been my experience. The local area communities gather throughout the year, those of us in formation meet a few times a year and we keep up with each other through texts, social media, email, and phone calls!
Question: Do you think the Sisters will ever return to some type of modified habit? What are your thoughts on that? Kelly: I think one of the many gifts of our Church is that there is plenty of room for all types of religious orders. We are blessed with women and men religious called to lifestyles that include habits and sandals, or jeans and sneakers! There are many orders that wear the habit as their outward symbol and our Church is blessed to have them. There are also many orders that have chosen to dress simply so that the people they minister to may feel more comfortable around them, and our Church has certainly benefited from their gifts. For me, I didn’t grow up with many sisters wearing habits so I don’t see it as big a deal. The sisters I knew personally didn’t wear habits and most of the habits I saw were in Sister Act and The Sound of Music. When I began my discernment process, I felt called to look primarily at orders that do not wear habits and I didn’t want to be viewed as “there goes a nun, eating a sandwich, walking outside, travelling on a plane, etc.”, rather I hoped that people could come to know me first and be comfortable with me. I don’t hide that I’m in discernment, but there are appropriate times and settings to share. Question: Are you allowed to choose the ministry in which you wish to be involved? Kelly: Yes and no. There is dialogue and prayer between each person and the community. For example, if you aren’t qualified for something, you won’t be assigned for that and in the same sense you won’t always have a ministry that keeps you in your comfort zone. Healthcare was specifically what I was hoping to avoid, but thankfully, God and Mercies have a great sense of humor and I absolutely love working in the Emergency Department! Question: When will you be fully professed? Kelly: That is a number of years away! I’m not sure specifically of the year as that will depend on the decisions of the community and me. I’m very grateful for the prayerful discernment process. Every day in community is a gift and I’m enjoying this time to grow spiritually and communally. Kelly is the daughter of SVA religion teacher, Lori Williams and her husband, Mike, who make their home here in Savannah. All of us at St. Vincent’s consider Kelly to be a very special gift in our lives!
St. Vincent’s Academy Tour of Homes & Tea We are inviting you to take a leadership role in an important historic restoration project for Savannah. The Convent of St. Vincent de Paul is located in the Landmark District of Savannah and has continually served Savannahians for nearly 170 years. Your generosity—through the St. Vincent’s Tour of Homes & Tea—is a major source of the funds used for vital repairs to this building. One hundred percent of the dollars generated by this annual tour goes directly to “The 1845 Foundation” for building restoration. The Convent is the home of Sisters who serve our community as teachers. These Sisters are among only 82 Sisters who serve the entire Diocese of Savannah’s 37,038 square miles. Not only is the building a Savannah treasure, but keeping it in good repair enables it to remain a residence so these exceptional women remain available to our community. With the support of the St. Vincent’s Tour of Homes & Tea, vital repairs are made to preserve the 1845 building and property. Two years ago, windows and metal work on the south side of the Convent were prepped and painted. Last year, repairs and painting were done to save the windows on the east side of the building. In just two years, prevention of further deterioration cost more than $65,000. This year, peeling and stripped paint on interior windows in the Convent will be repaired. We also hope to prep and repaint the rusted iron fence on the Liberty Street side of the property. The cost will be more than $30,000. All efforts to protect this historic property are primarily made possible by the generous donations of sponsors for the St. Vincent’s Tour of Homes & Tea. For the second year, we are featuring a level of sponsorship called “Convent Restoration Trustee.” Those participating in this level will be named on a permanent bronze plaque in the Convent. This year we are adding a “Friends and Family” sponsorship level at the $100 - $250 bracket. Please consider our different levels of support to help us move forward with this ongoing preservation and restoration project. - The 2015 Tour Committee
L I V E S
D E D I C A T E D
MERCY Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64
How often have those of us served by the Sisters of Mercy stopped to consider what it means to answer God’s call to service? There are not many of us who would consider leaving homes and families and giving up so much to dedicate their lives to God and to work, through Him, and follow the teachings of Catherine McAuley, to help people in need…in need of an education, healthcare, counsel, comfort, shelter…so many things…and always in need of their mercy. Growing up on Liberty Street in the next block from the Convent of St. Vincent de Paul, attending St. Vincent’s Kindergarten, Cathedral Day School and Mount Saint Agnes College, I was with the Sisters of Mercy so much that they were an extension of my family. In fact, my great aunt, Helen McNally became Sr. Mary Gloria in religious life. Yes, of course, she was a Sister of Mercy.
I must confess I might have taken them a little bit for granted…maybe a great deal for granted. If the truth be known, there were even a couple that I couldn’t wait to get away from (the feeling was likely mutual), but for most of my life, I loved them and they were there for me and my family in capital letters. Here is the thing: I always expected them to be here, there and everywhere. I never expected that life would change so much…that the world would change so much. Never did I expect that the numbers of Sisters would dwindle so. Had someone given me a magical glimpse into the future, I would have said that this particular crystal ball had to be broken!
So, let’s face it. When I have to write about two of my all-time favorite Mercies, Sr. Michael Mary and Sr. Gilmary (a/k/a Trudy) retiring from teaching at St. Vincent’s; well, it makes me sad. Ah, I do momentarily regret that I was not crazy about a couple of the Sisters. Truly, they have been one of the most precious gifts in my life. I will take a deep breath and get hold of myself because, in reality, the sky is not going to fall. The first time I saw Trudy O’Hayer play basketball at Cathedral Day School, I was stunned. Coach Harry Deal was running practice on the cement court behind the old Marist School that became Cathedral Day. She was the first girl I had ever seen playing ball who had mastered the “boys’” jump shot. That day it became the girls’ jump shot also! She was a talented player and Harry was mighty glad to have her. Trudy O’Hayer graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy in 1960 and entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland at Mount St. Agnes College. Too bad the Mercies did not have a basketball team. Upon taking final vows, she would take the name Gilmary in religious life. During the early 60s, both of Sr. Gilmary’s parents died, only a year apart. It was a terrible loss for her, especially being in a convent so far away from her family. Having tremendous faith and knowing that her life was going in the right direction, she traveled forward. Making it more bearable for her, were her three aunts (sisters of her mother) who had never married. Shu-Shu, Margie and Anna became much-beloved surrogate parents to Sr. Gilmary, her sister and brothers. Graduating from Mount Saint Agnes College in 1966, Sr. Gilmary was assigned to various schools throughout Virginia and Georgia. At St. Anne’s, in Columbus, she served as Co-Principal. She was the consummate math teacher through and through; it made sense to her. Interrupting her teaching, Sr. Gilmary went on to pursue higher education at Georgia State University and in 1974 received her MA in Math.
In 1975 came the most important move for Sr. Gilmary and for all of us…she headed for Savannah, family and her Alma Mater, St. Vincent’s. Was SVA ever glad to see her arrive! Immediately, she took on Algebra I, II and III and Business Math and continued teaching these for 17 years. Moving on to a different role, she became Director of Finance, Facilities Maintenance and Cafeteria for 14 years. After all those years out of the classroom, she began to miss teaching and the interaction with students, so in 2006, she went back to Algebra I and II and that was a stroke of luck for our students. Sr. Gilmary commented on these years, “Forty of my 54 years as a Sister of Mercy have been here at SVA. My life has been enriched and very blessed working with so many faculty, staff and students. Because of health reasons, I leave with a sad, but very grateful heart.” My thought each day is, “My God, I am yours for time and eternity.” In another state to the west of Georgia, Sr. Michael Mary was growing up in Mobile, Alabama in a family with 6 children… there were 2 sisters and 4 brothers. She thought her parents and siblings were better than sliced bread and they enjoyed one another immensely, but, at a young age, she would separate herself from them. In May of 1958, young Edie Brabner, would graduate from the Convent of Mercy in Mobile and enter the Sisters of Mercy at Mount St. Agnes College in Baltimore. She became known as Sr. Michael Mary in religious life. Upon taking final vows and graduating from Mt. St. Agnes College, she began her adventures as a Sister of Mercy. Those adventures would take her to a number of places. Cathedral Day School in Savannah was one of her first assignments. Following Cathedral, she took her talents to Assumption in Atlanta and St. Ignatius back home in Mobile. It was probably good to be back on her native Alabama soil and with her beloved family at long last. Never letting grass grow under her feet and always wanting to stretch her mind, Sister Michael Mary also studied at Loyola University in New Orleans, Armstrong in Savannah and Georgia Southern in Statesboro, continuing to add to her knowledge and injecting more interesting information into her already fun and informative classes. It is important to note that while at GSU, she received her MA in Counseling. Sr. Michael Mary has such wisdom and was the perfect person to counsel students.
Finally, she made it to us and we will be forever grateful. There is no doubt that Sister Michael Mary made a big splash at SVA. The students fell in love with her…her many talents and her razor-sharp wit. She had, and still does have, a fantastic sense of humor and great “come-backs” that you could miss if not paying close attention. Keeping students absorbed in her classes was never a problem for Sr. Michael Mary; she is an interesting and passionate person. While at St. Vincent’s, beginning in January of 1971, Sr. Michael Mary taught US History, English, and Religion, created and taught the popular Fine Arts course and she was also the Assistant Principal for 20 years. During this time she designed our “rotating schedule” and was responsible for scheduling all classes. Sr. Jude, Principal for 25 years, recently declared she never would have made it all those years without her. Sr. Michael Mary and Sr. Jude were great advocates for the unusual open campus policy that the students enjoy today. In reflecting on her retirement, Sr. Michael Mary states her feelings of “profound gratitude and great love for the Sisters of Mercy community and the St. Vincent’s family… fellow faculty, staff, students, parents and alumnae…through all the years for giving my life its greatest purpose and meaning.” She quotes Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord…plans to give you hope and a future…you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” She adds, “And all thanks be to God, that’s what all these years have been about.” Sr. Michael Mary and Sr. Gilmary are thankful for their years as Sisters of Mercy serving people like us and making our lives so much better and so much richer. Between these two Sisters, they have given St. Vincent’s a total of 85 years! I wonder if they have a glimmer of how very grateful we are for their dedication to the countless people whose lives they have changed and enriched with their talents and abilities, their delightful personalities, their kindness and love and their enduring friendships. Truly, we have been touched by their mercy!
Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64
The minute I met her, I felt absolutely connected to Sr. Lisa. Perhaps one reason was I knew she had requested being assigned to St. Vincent’s. She had been here for meetings and a Mercy Convention and took a distinct liking to SVA. This told me that, as we alums sometimes say, “She gets it.” Of course, we mean that she sees something very special about St. Vincent’s; she immediately understands and has a feeling for this place. You could tell it was not just another stop along the road for Sr. Lisa. For two wonderful years, we were able to work and play (she’s fun) with Sr. Lisa, but this spring a call went out to her. Sr. Lisa saw this as an amazing opportunity to participate in Mercy Secondary Education on a totally different level and, after much consideration, she answered that call in the affirmative. Now, it is official: Sr. Lisa will be the Project Director to create one Mercy Education System. Let me quote the official release: “The purpose of creating a system of Mercy Education is to ensure that Mercy sponsored and cosponsored schools and educational ministries are identified within the mission of the Catholic Church and are faithful to the charism, mission, core values and tradition of the Sisters of Mercy. The scope of this project includes educational ministries (elementary and secondary schools) in the US, Guam, Philippines, Belize, Argentina, Honduras and Jamaica.” Sr. Lisa began her new ministry on May 1st. Sr. Lisa is most grateful to the SVA administration, faculty, staff , alumna, students and parents for welcoming her with open arms and making her feel a part of our SVA family. She does plan to stay in close touch with us, as her office will be based in Savannah. While at St. Vincent’s for 2 years, Sr. Lisa was such a great fit. In her first year, Sr. Lisa taught Old Testament and Psychology and in her second year she assumed the many duties of Campus Ministry. We will miss Sr. Lisa being a part of us and we are grateful for the time she was here. Everything she did for SVA was done with great joy! Thank you, Sr. Lisa and congratulations on your new position!
SPRING SPORTS REWI I can’t believe another school year has passed. Time flies when you are having fun and winning! It feels like yester-
TENNIS finished 2nd in the Region and advanced
day the students were coming back from Christmas break
to the 2nd round of the State Playoffs. Freshman
and we were moving full steam ahead into the spring
Marium Razu was named Region 2AA Player of the
sports season. And now I am sitting here rewinding ALL of
Year and is a member of the All City Team.
the great things that happened in SAINTS
ATHLETICS this past year! GOLF won the City Championship, and competed in the State Championships, finishing 9th of 16 teams. Lily Payne was named Savannah Morning News Girl’s The
RIFLE TEAM won its 6th City Championship
Golf Player of the Year and Coach Moreau was named
in a row and advanced to State Playoffs. The team was
Girl’s Golf Coach of the Year. Lily Payne, Rin Richard-
led by their lone senior Mary Harvey.
son, Sydney Williams and Maysa Newman all made the All City Team.
IND . . . Dawn Odom, Athletic Director
SOCCER won its 6th Region Cham-
TRACK TEAM started off strong and never looked
pionship and advanced to the quarter
back. Taylor Deloach defended her individual Region Champion-
finals of the State Playoffs. Meghan
ships in the long jump, 100m and 200m runs and qualified for the
Veirheilig was named Region 2AA Player
State Sectionals. The 4 x 100 relay team, consisting of Emily Moody,
of the Year; Sarah Stewart was named
Cynthia Ryan, Leslie Weeks and Taylor Deloach qualified for the State
Region 2AA Offensive Player of the Year;
Sectionals. Taylor went on to win 3 more STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
and Holly McBride was named Region
by defending her title in the long jump and the 100m and 200m runs
2AA Defensive Player of the Year.
at the State Championship Track Meet in Albany, Ga. Not only did Taylor win three state championships, we broke the State Record in the long jump and the 200m run. She also received the best overall performance in the long jump by jumping the longest distance than any other athlete, in any classification! Taylor has also been named Girlâ€™s Track Player of the Year by the Savannah Morning News.
McAuley & Jude Walsh Awards Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64 In 1827, Catherine McAuley opened her House of Mercy in Dublin on Baggott Street. It was the beginning of the largest charitable order ever founded in an English speaking country. She wanted to serve the poor, especially women and girls…and she served them well. Her sisters continue that service. Each spring, we present the McAuley Award in Catherine’s honor. This year’s McAuley recipients are products of Catherine’s order that eventually would become the Sisters of Mercy. Beth Buttimer and Josie Murphy are true “Mercy Girls” who have followed Catherine’s example to live lives of faith, charity, and devotion to good deeds and to mercy. Like Catherine’s life, their lives are rooted in an abiding faith in God…lives exemplified by honor, dignity, a profound love for humanity and a willingness to better the lives of others. These women have shown outstanding service to God, family, the Church, the community and St. Vincent’s. These two women have paid the greatest tribute to Catherine McAuley that anyone can pay and today we are honoring them for that. This year, we also presented the Sister Jude Walsh Award. Both of these awards are special in their own right and are given to people who are highly thought of in SVA circles and beyond. This year we presented this award to Beulah Mitchell, who recently retired after 25 years of service to St. Vincent’s Academy. Not everyone who retires from St. Vincent’s receives this award.
During her time with us, Beulah was an indispensible member of the SVA staff. She showed all the attributes that we look for in a person receiving this award… loyalty, service, advocacy and devotion. In fact, these words represent the way Beulah lives her life. On the same evening, the Class of 1965 celebrated their Golden Jubilee. Twenty-three members of this class came to celebrate with one another and take part in the festivities. The weekend of April 25th was their official reunion, so we were especially delighted to have so many with us. Following the award ceremony, Margaret Rose Ganem ’65, presented St. Vincent’s with a check for $665.00 to go into the Capital Campaign. Now that was truly a grand surprise from this ever-faithful and generous class! This year’s Mass, celebrated by Fr. Gerry Schreck, took place on May 2, 2015 in Our Lady’s Chapel at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist with a dinner reception following in Walsh Hall. Congratulations to our award recipients and our Jubilee Class!
“Draw persons to God by your words, by your
There simply was not enough room for all the students to squeeze into the photo the day that Beulah Mitchell retired from St. Vincent’s Academy. After 25 years of dedicated service to SVA, her students, faculty and staff, our wonderful Beulah really was leaving us. It was hard to believe! Beulah worked in facilities maintenance and was an indispensible member of the team. She always looked for things that could be made better by her loving hands. Not only that, she was a wonderful role model to generations of students who were recipients of her loving care and concern. Because of her loyalty, service, advocacy and devotion to St. Vincent’s, Beulah Mitchell was honored on May 2, 2015 with the Sr. Jude Walsh Award. For all at St. Vincent’s, we say congratulations to our long-time friend, Beulah. Not just that, Beulah, we sure do miss you!
example and by the works of mercy.” ---Catherine McAuley
Taylor Culjan â€˜99
On April 16, 2015, Savannah commemorated Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance), as did numerous locations around the globe. In Israel and parts of Poland, a siren blares at a random time once on the designated day, and every single person stops what they are doing for one silent, chilling minute. Cars stop on freeways, classrooms pause their lessons, storekeepers cease their exchange with a customer, business men and women set down their phones, farmers turn off the machinery, childrenâ€™s swings come to a halt, and for one minute, just one, a cloud of reverent remembrance, regret, and grief settles over the area. Mary Douberly â€˜18 Just one minute: One minute for eleven million lives. One minute for six million Jews. One minute for 1.5 million children. One minute for the half million Roma and Sinti. One minute for the thousands of handicapped individuals. One minute for approximately three million Polish Christians. One minute for thousands of Catholic clergymen, Sisters, and numerous other righteous Gentiles labeled as political dissidents. Just one minute: For me, each and every day is a day remembrance. Every month, week, day, and hour that has passed since my trip to Eastern Europe, I am haunted by what I saw, inspired by what I read or heard, and compelled by the knowledge I gained--compelled by a desperate need to impart this knowledge to those around me, especially those young women whom I have the honor of educating at SVA. I continue to speak about my weeks visiting the camps; each month it becomes a little less daunting of a task. The girls listen with a respectful and serious fascination, and I can often see the quiet anger rise within them as the intrinsic desire to not let history repeat itself passes over their faces.
Yet, history is repeating itself. One of the points I made to my students as I opened class in the Fall of 2014 was that for the first time in over eight years of teaching about the Holocaust and its literature, I feel like I am living in the same type of world that existed in 1933. As I read world news reports, I find myself thinking, “Is this for real?” The rising Anti-Semitism in Europe is real, so real that I often wonder if God knew what He was doing, His timing impeccable. Three years ago, Sister Pat Coward honored me with the request to take over the Holocaust Studies course, and two years later, I stood at Auschwitz, Maidanek, Bergen-Belsen, Theresienstadt, Belzec, Plaszow, Ravensbruck, Sachsenhausen, and Treblinka. Even while I traveled comfortably across Europe, citizens in the Ukraine were receiving notices on the doors of their homes demanding that they register as Jews. The trip participants were advised by our leaders not to wear our group shirts in parts of Poland because there was a Star of David printed on the breast of the garment. This request was for our safety. Here, the question initiated: “Is this for real?” In March of this year, I attended a presentation at the Savannah JEA on the rising Anti-Semitism in Europe. The speaker, Olivier Guitta, a Europe-based Security and Risk consultant, spoke about the daily hostility and violence Jews are experiencing in places like Brussels, Paris, and Copenhagen. According to Guitta, there are currently 5,000 French soldiers assigned to protect Jewish sites in France. These sites include schools, public memorials, and community centers. Seventy-six percent of European Jews believe that Anti-Semitism has increased in the last five years. In France and Belgium, students do not learn about the Holocaust. It is not part of the curriculum. Jewish stereotypes in France are back in full force and have been since at least the year 2000. The stereotypes are eerily similar to the ones I teach my students about when we study Nazi propaganda. In Paris, Anti-Semitic slurs such as, “Death to the Jews” have been chanted by radical groups. Much of the Anti-Semitism in parts of Europe is out in the open, for public viewing. Therefore, bystanders exist, and they exist in droves. In addition, Guitta remarked that we don’t feel the tension here in the United States like it is felt within European communities. Despite the similarities between contemporary European anti-Semitism and the years leading up to Hitler’s Final Solution, this is not another Holocaust. Not yet. Governments are intervening, and Jews are resisting. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum defines the Holocaust as the state-sponsored, systematic annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany
and its collaborators from the years 1933-1945. Jews were the primary targets. Today, Jews are the primary target of many radical groups. The one key component missing is state-sponsorship, and I’d like to think--no, I fervently pray, we, meaning the global community, are too humane and too intelligent to ever let that shameful component rear its ugly head again. Olivier Guitta opened his talk with the following line, “For the first time since the Second World War, Jews are being killed for being Jews.” These words sent a cold shiver down my spine and made me realize just how important my work really is. When students ask me what they can do to help European Jews, to help victims of genocide, to help any group suffering from hatred and prejudice, I tell them to speak out. Silence will always be mistaken for apathy. I advise them to remain informed on world events. I encourage them to adopt a global mindset in all things, thereby limiting discriminatory thoughts and ignorant stereotypes. One of my students from last semester’s Holocaust Studies class won first place in the Yom HaShoah art and writing contest for her mixed media artwork titled, “Never Again?” The piece combined news clippings from the 1930s and 40s with contemporary clippings, and across the canvas in harsh red letters, she painted the words, “Never Again?”, that one small question mark mocking one of the phrases used in connection with Holocaust Education. Another young lady, one whom I had the pleasure of teaching last school year, won first place for her poem, which was so beautifully written that reading it brought tears to my eyes. Two days ago, this child asked if she could donate her monetary prize from the Savannah Jewish Federation to the Holocaust Studies program at St. Vincent’s. These students, these instances--the art, the writing, the quiet anger in their eyes when I speak about the events of the past, the determination to act beyond the walls of room 102--these things all serve as my validation, my gentle push to keep studying and teaching about this difficult topic. In turn, this validation causes me to wonder what’s next on this path I’ve taken, a path much more meaningful than the safe one I had intended to take. In the words of the poet Robert Frost, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” (Frost, The Road Not Taken) References: Guitta, Olivier. “Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe.” Meeting/ Event. Jewish Educational Alliance, Savannah. 25 Mar. 2015. Lecture.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Introduction to the Holocaust.” Holocaust Encyclopedia. http://www.ushmm. org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143.
How in the name of all that is holy do you keep a surprise birthday party for Sr. Jude from Sr. Jude herself? Well, first of all, you do not send out invitations. Anyway, how in heaven’s name could invitations go out to the entire city of Savannah? So, do not feel left out that you did not receive one…there simply were not any. If Sr. Jude had gotten wind of a celebration in her honor, she would have launched that boat of hers and sailed away into the sunset never to be seen again. So, check one thing off the “to do” list. Second, you have the party at a scheduled school assembly with teachers and students who have no idea what the assembly is about. That takes a great deal of cooperation from the SVA administration and we thank you for your help. Now, there are those few people who always have their ears to the ground and seem to know everything; they did show up for the fun and we were happy to have them! You know who they are. Third, you invite WTOC and Sonny Dixon so that all can be recorded and be seen on the news after the event (it appeared 3 times on the news!). Have Sonny do the “honors” in speaking about Sr. Jude and send him a script so that nothing is left out for this important woman. There is nobody like Sonny with his booming voice and his great sense of humor to get things rolling and put everyone in a good mood. Fourth, you get Sr. Jude into town and to St. Vincent’s, preferably without her knowing what the deal is. Of all the stumbling blocks, this one was the biggest. So, what do you do when you cannot think of a way to handle the most important thing about the party? Well, you have to call on the expert, Sr. Michael Mary. Her mission: “Get her here and I don’t care how you do it.” That is another secret…I will not repeat what she told Sr. Jude. Fifth, you must keep the students, who get very excited by the word “party”, happy and attentive. That was the easiest part of the party…the presence and promise of cupcakes! Finally, you must get Sr. Jude to come to the front of the gym and face the crowd and all the cheers. That was a formidable task, but she finally settled into her assigned seat of honor. February 14, 2015, Valentine’s Day, Sr. Jude turned 90 years young (the party was the day before) and St. Vincent’s academy just had to celebrate someone who is such a beloved part of SVA! There were speeches and presentations, fanfare and many wonderful words, especially by Sr. Jude herself to the students and all present. Her gift was the dedication to Sr. Jude of the book that is being written about St. Vincent’s. That truly is a fitting honor!
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY, SR. JUDE!
Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64
Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64 Having had three girls, Melissa ‘92, Christina ‘96 and Serena ‘00, graduate from St. Vincent’s, the Yao family always has been interested in supporting St. Vincent’s. When the family opened their Sunrise Restaurants in 1987, they became even more generous to SVA. The first Sunrise opened on the southside of Savannah. It was what one might call an old-fashioned family business. Father and husband, Paul Yao was the head cook and his wife, Agnes, was the expert at serving customers and making them feel right at home. Their three daughters would drag themselves into the restaurant at 5 AM, many times coming by taxi or bus. Then the girls were off to school. Talk about work ethic! It did not take long before the high quality and more-than-filling breakfast caught the attention of the Savannah Morning News. In a rave review the newspaper recommended the delicious omelets and referred to them as “the specialty of the house”. Sunrise was getting known as a friendly place with good food and very reasonable prices and rightfully so. Word of this fine establishment spread across Savannah and the Yao family had a big success on its hands. A second location opened on Tybee in 1990. The Tybee location was five times the size of the original location. In 2002, Sunrise opened on Wilmington Island with 80 seats and
Good Stewards of
in 2005, Sunrise Chatham Parkway opened. In addition, this last location offers an expanded lunch menu with hot lunch specials, as well as soup and a salad bar. So let me return to the original purpose of this article…generosity to St. Vincent’s…sharing your success with others. Personally, you may never have visited a Sunrise. If not, that is your loss. However, if you have attended the St. Vincent’s Alumnae Picnic that rolls along every August, you probably raved about the fried chicken, mac ‘n cheese and other good food you had that evening. Do you remember paying anything to attend this event? Well, I can tell you that you did not. Because of the kindness and generosity of the Yao family, through Sunrise, you were able to attend a completely free Alumnae Appreciation Picnic. What a thoughtful gift to give to St. Vincent’s! There have been gifts from the Yaos too numerous to name and I do not know that it would be appropriate to make a long list. I wanted to feature this particular family and their business because they have never asked anything in return for their generosity. Since they are so good to SVA, you might want to stop by a Sunrise and treat yourself to a good meal. Do have the fried chicken!
Also, you might want to think about how you, like the Yao family, can participate in “In-Kind” giving. Perhaps it would be a possibility, but it never occurred to you. So, by the example of one family, I am putting a “bug” in your ear…giving is not always writing a check or pulling out the “plastic”. There are many forms of giving and I hope I have given you some “food for thought”…no pun intended.
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Sister Frances Ann Cook brings the literary alive, stretching vocabularies and refining writing skills on Cyber Island. Housed in a historic 1845 convent, her Cyber Island is more like Treasure Island for the highschool girls at St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah, Georgia. As the sole keeper of this computer resource and research lab, Sister Frances Ann assists the girls with everything from crafting college essays to mastering information for exams. The help she provides is as varied as the students, from those struggling to those at the top of their classes. “The students who are way ahead might be in here on a BBC foreign languages site, doing advanced interactive vocabulary, while I’m assisting some others to learn basic English vocab. Yesterday, we were bounding through centuries with Shakespeare, Poe, Orwell, and Kingsolver, depending on the grade level of the students. My role is different day to day. It’s wonderful fun with delightful teenagers,” she says. Before she settled into her current ministry on Cyber Island 15 years ago, Sister Frances Ann’s experiences played out like a colorfully constructed novel. Central to her story’s plot was entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1958. “So many unbelievable things would not have happened if I wasn’t a sister,” she says.
Shaping Futures on
Born the first of six children to a ship captain and a homemaker in Mobile, Alabama, she fondly recalls shrimping, crabbing and fishing with her siblings at their summer place near the village of Bayou La Batre, on the bayou at Coden, Alabama. Sister Frances Ann graduated from Convent of Mercy Academy in Mobile and entered the Sisters of Mercy. She continued her formal education, acquiring a bachelor’s degree in English from Mount St. Agnes College and a master’s degree (MLA) in liberal arts (with a concentration in British literature) from Johns Hopkins University. As a Sister of Mercy, she has spent the past 50 years exploring the literary world by teaching as well as participating in a rich facet of related ministries. As a high-school English teacher in Georgetown, she directed productions of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Arthur and the Magic Sword” and “Treasure Island” at Trinity Theater in Washington, D.C. (now the performing arts venue for Georgetown University). When she was director of adult education for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Georgia, she introduced a weekly interfaith radio program called “Atlanta Alive” that was on the air for seven years. For the radio program, Sister Frances Ann interviewed witches and warlocks, police officers and prisoners, shopkeepers and shoplifters, and many prominent Atlantans, including Congressman Andrew Young; architect John Portman; Mayor Maynard Jackson; and Catholic statesman Stevens Mitchell, brother of “Gone With The Wind” author Margaret Mitchell.
Also while in Atlanta, Sister Frances Ann was pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Church. Her background in publishing college and high-school yearbooks led her to write and publish a centennial history of the Sacred Heart parish in 1980, “Spires at the Heart of the City,” which is still available through Amazon. While at Sacred Heart, she also inherited the care of a donkey (dubbed St. George) who was a parish participant in Palm Sunday processions, Christmas pageants, feasts and festivals. Although the rectory was on downtown Peachtree Street, the Atlanta mounted patrol cleared a horse stall for St. George at their Piedmont Park Stables. For years she received cards from parishioners with updates about St. George and his descendants. Sister Frances Ann also had an opportunity to cross the Atlantic Ocean with 32 men aboard a cargo ship. She boarded in New Orleans, Louisiana, with her brother, captain of the S.S.Sheldon Lykes. While cruising on the massive vessel, Sister Frances Ann watched whales swimming alongside the ship, saw the fireworks of shooting stars every night, and stopped in interesting ports throughout Europe. It was yet another storied chapter in the continuing saga of this blessed life of this Sister of Mercy.
This interesting article on our very own Sr. Frances Ann appeared on February 5, 2015 on the Sisters of Mercy.org blog. It was also featured in South Central enews on the same date. The first is an international site for The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The second is the newsletter for the South Central community. Sister’s sailing adventure occurred between her years on the Baltimore Provincial Leadership team and her stint as Community Relations Director for a rural hospital in Dahlonega, Georgia. We are fortunate to be able to share it with you. An amazing addition to this article is that Sister’s donkey, St. George, lived to be 30 years old! Pictured left to right at bottom are: Sister Frances Ann assists sophomores Jennie Lawson (left) and Jamahria Wyche with research on “Cyber Island” at St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah, Georgia. Famed donkey St. George leads this special procession. Sister Frances Ann became his caretaker while serving as pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Sister Frances Ann rings the bell of the S.S. Sheldon Lykes, the cargo ship she spent months aboard while crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
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Justin Johnson, Director I was a Sailor in South Pacific in High School nearly twenty years ago. It was my first experience with Musical Theater and it was a lot of fun. The memories that I have of the performances and of the friends that I made during the production are some of the reasons why I enjoy providing the same opportunity for these students. South Pacific is set up perfectly for the brother/sister kind of relationship that BC and SVA have—full choruses of sailors and nurses who complement each other quite nicely -- and so it seemed like a natural choice. The songs are fun, the dancing is straightforward, and it’s a great chance for the students to be exposed to the classic American songwriting style of Rodgers and Hammerstein. It is chocked full of interesting characters and has many scenes in which a large number of actors have the chance to participate. However, woven throughout the work is the struggle for the main characters to overcome their own personal prejudices. Now, as much as ever, difficult conversations about the similarities and differences between cultures are important to have. South Pacific presents the discussion in a frank manner. Some productions choose to omit songs like “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.” We chose to include all of the original songs from the production as an exercise in American musical theater history, so that we might consider the songs for their wisdom, as well as their naiveté. The students understand the conflicts related to these themes and treated their portrayal with thoughtfulness and respect.
More than any other SVA/BC Spring Musical in recent memory, the students have taken full responsibility for all aspects of the production. During some rehearsals, after finding myself distracted, I was proud to look up and see the students progressing smoothly and energetically through the scenes on their own. Additionally, the students themselves came up with many clever set designs, painting, and staging ideas that were exciting and fun to incorporate. They assumed duties normally assigned to adults, and consistently volunteered their time for set painting and construction. This production is truly theirs! I would be remiss not to acknowledge the wonderful support that we receive from the administrations of both SVA and BC. Special thanks to Mary Anne Hogan for her guidance on this project, and to Dawn Odom for helping make available the nearly 100 hours of gym rehearsal time required for a production of this magnitude. From the Production Team, Cast, and Crew, we hope you had as much fun experiencing the production as we had putting it together. Editor’s Note: Let me add a little note from the “peanut gallery”. If you have never attended the musicals performed each spring by SVA and BC, you are missing something truly special. The talent and enthusiasm of the actresses, actors and crew are so impressive. Our production team is made up of energetic and dedicated adults giving up so much of their personal time to present a classact production and to expand our students’ knowledge and love of theatre and the arts. Bravo!
a Worthy Woman
Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64
As some of you may know, only one class at St. Vincent’s has a private space that it is able to call its own. Surely you are able to guess that it is the senior class. By the time our young ladies reach the old age of 17 or 18, St. Vincent’s allocates a relatively good size room to them as their break room. This room can be found in the area we all affectionately dub “The Dungeon”. The lounge serves as a space where seniors can study, make coffee, eat snacks (there is a small refrigerator), socialize and take naps. Over the years, like everything else that gets used on a regular basis, the Senior Lounge got a little raggedy around the edges. Yes, shabby chic has become popular, but this space was far more shabby than chic. As if on cue, in flew an “Angel” who offered to make the dingy room a more inviting and comfortable space for our girls. So, last summer, when so much other work was happening around the campus, it seemed like the appropriate time to begin to tackle this project. Carpeting was installed, fresh paint was put on the walls and ceiling (seniors voting on colors, of course) and blinds were ordered and installed on the windows. Senior, Audrey Turner stepped up to the plate when I suggested that a class representative was needed. Audrey went back and forth relating ideas from the class and we were able to give them some input on the project. She assisted me with the purchasing of furniture and other items to spiff things up. This young lady was an invaluable asset with our project and a fun and innovative help when shopping for items. Now that the room looks so much better, our “Angel” thought it appropriate to dedicate the room to someone special who has done so much for St. Vincent’s. The name, Sr. Helen Marie Buttimer R.S.M. ’56, came to us immediately. As Principal of St. Vincent’s for nearly 16 years, Sr. Helen was the “welcoming arms” of SVA every morning as she stood at the Lincoln Street gate with her warm smile and a bright “Good Morning” to every “kiddo” who entered. That was such a wonderfully special gesture. Sister affectionately called all the girls in the student body her “kiddos”. For many years, Sister Helen was the “go to” person for everything that happened on campus. Even if someone had a disagreement with Sister Helen, which rarely happened, her kindness and mercy were always present and her smile was not far behind. In this place, where tradition plays such a large role, it seemed only appropriate that in the lovely month of May 8, 2015, our Blessed Mother’s month, we paid respect to Sister Helen Marie Buttimer with the dedication of the Senior Lounge in her honor. A small ceremony was held to include the blessing of the room by Father Jay Madden and installation of the Mercy cross, placed in the room by Sr. Helen. A plaque was placed beside the door giving the dates that Sr. Helen presided over St. Vincent’s Academy as a fine example of an Alumna and a beloved Principal. Inscribed on the plaque are the words inside Sr. Helen’s ring, “In Thee, O Lord, I have hoped.” God bless you for all you have done and continue to do for St. Vincent’s! Oh, and God bless our “Angel”!
Changes in the
Alumnae & Development Office
Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64 We have a new person, new titles and a new name for our office! We will no longer call this the Alumnae and Development Office, but will refer to it as the Advancement and Alumnae Office. Advancement is the term being used by most schools these days and we do want to keep up with the times. On January 1, 2015, we welcomed Mrs. Leigh Sipple to our wonderful office on the second floor of St. Vincent’s. Leigh is sharing my office space and, lucky for both of us, we get along famously and we put up with one another’s idiosyncrasies quite nicely…not that there are many, of course. Mrs. Sipple’s title is Director of Advancement and, as such, she will be in charge of the Annual Fund to which our Alumnae and Friends of St. Vincent’s so generously donate. She will also be working closely with the GRACE Scholarship Program to expand the number of participants, thereby expanding our number of students attending SVA. Mrs. Sipple attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a BA in Communications and Informational Sciences. Most recently, Mrs. Sipple worked as the Capital Campaign Manager for Blessed Sacrament Church and School. She also worked as the Director of Annual Giving at Savannah Country Day School. On the other hand, I will have a new title on my name tag…Director of Alumnae Relations & Advancement Advisor. I will be doing a great deal of the same work that I was doing before Mrs. Sipple joined this office. All Alumnae functions will come under me and I will continue to work on the fundraising events that I have done previously and work on new fundraisers. Certainly, I will continue to do my part raising money for the Annual Fund and working on other fundraising efforts for our beloved St. Vincent’s Academy. Mary Forbes ’61 is the glue that holds this office together. Being the Administrative Assistant for both of us is quite a task and she does it with such calm efficiency. Mary does not get her feathers ruffled when multiple fundraisers run into one another, the Annual Fund is going on and the phone is ringing constantly. Mary is the port in the storm. So remember when it comes to change, “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney
SVA 2014 - 2015 New Faculty & Staff Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64
Dena Holt Mrs. Holt was born in Virginia and grew up in Massachusetts, but has lived in Savannah for 23 years. She has been married for 23 years to her high school sweetheart, Justin, who works at Gulfstream. She has 3 children: Jake (17), Maddie (14), and Josh (9). Mrs. Holt has a BA in Spanish and English from Simmons College in Boston and a MA in English literature and composition from James Madison University in Virginia. She has been a teacher for 14 years, and has taught English, Spanish, Latin, and English as a Second Language. Running is one of her favorite athletic pursuits. While in college, she competed in cross-country and track (1500m and 3000m) and was a 4 time “All-American” (placing 9th at the 1990 NCAA National XC Championships and 4th in the 3000m at the 1990 NCAA National Outdoor Track Championships. Mrs. Holt still runs, although, she says, not as fast. As a hobby, she and her husband have restored 4 historic houses in Savannah – 2 downtown and 2 in Ardsley Park. Adding to her talents, Mrs. Holt plays the piano and clarinet. Each summer, she and her family enjoy the coast of Maine where they visit family and spend time running, swimming, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. Whew, you have worn me out!
Ilaria Bruce Ms. Bruce graduated magna cum laude from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama in May of 2013 with a degree in Secondary Education in the field of History. Born and reared in Atlanta (yes, there are native Atlantans), she is not far from her parents, who still reside there and are delighted that their daughter did not take a teaching position on the west coast. Ms. Bruce has the most wonderful dog named Captain; having met Captain, I can attest that this four-legged child is an absolute delight. This was Ms. Bruce’s first year teaching and she hit the ground running, teaching freshmen geography, senior economics, government and AP Government. Not only was she teaching, she was coaching the swim team!
Catherine (“Trinka”) Dickey This teacher of Math has a delightful sense of humor, but I don’t think she would make up the name of the town from which she hails. Mrs. Dickey hails from Due West, South Carolina. Having married someone from South Carolina, I could tell you names of towns in this state that would absolutely curl your hair! Recently, her only daughter was married, keeping our Mrs. Dickey in a whirlwind of fun activities. Mrs. Dickey is married to David H. Dickey, Senior Partner at the Savannah law firm of Oliver Maner, LLP. As a side note, Kelin Murphy, a 2004 graduate of SVA practices law with this firm. Holding a BS in education from Erskine College and an MA in Education from Clemson University, Mrs. Dickey spent many years in the Chatham County school system. For 8 years, she served as the Director of Mathematics, giving her an enormous list of responsibilities for the system. During this time, she served as the District Coordinator of the Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics (PRISM). In addition, she regularly taught math teachers throughout the state and teaches SAT prep courses. Mrs. Dickey has received and been nominated for many distinguished awards, including the Georgia Roundtable Award for Excellence. A lover of “four-footers” and winged creatures, she is especially fond of cats, dogs, hummingbirds and spending time at her vacation home in the mountains.
Maggie Sikes ‘08 Not only is Ms. Sikes an alumna and McAuley Award recipient of St. Vincent’s, she also is the daughter of Mary Gene Murphy Sikes ’76, our Academic Dean. That being said, Maggie is a talented and interesting person in her own right. She credits her love of teaching to long-time educator, Mary Ann Butler who, before her retirement, served in many capacities including principal of two Catholic grade schools and as Academic Dean of St. Vincent’s. Ms. Butler convinced the then 9th grade student, Maggie, to be a tutor for fellow students. After graduating from SVA, it was off to UGA to earn her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. She even spent a summer internship at the fabulously famous “Falling Water” home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Graduating in 2013, she moved back to Savannah to decide which direction to take. Choosing to pursue a career in teaching, Ms. Sikes accepted a position at SVA teaching math. As a person who likes to keep busy, Ms. Sikes is pursuing an MA in Secondary Education with an emphasis in math. She continues to tutor and is a coach for the SVA track and field team. In her spare time, she can be found dancing…Irish dancing, that is. Ms. Sikes has been dancing since the age of 3 and is a skilled and beautiful dancer. Her favorite things are: all things SVA and all things UGA, Disneyworld, roller coasters, country music, Mexican food and spending time with friends and family. Loving to do home improvement projects, her family named her “Tool Belt Diva.” It is so good to have a long-time SVA family member teaching at our beloved St. Vincent’s!
Many thanks to all of our friends who honored their loved one at Christmas time with a donation to our Lovelight Christmas tree.
2014 Christmas Donors
St. Mary’s Community Center Mr. & Mrs. Laurie K. Abbott, Jr. Mrs. Jessica Kosciuk Abel ‘04 Mrs. Marian Peterson Adams ‘54 Mrs. Molly McNamara Adams ‘91 Mrs. Mary McCarthy Aliotta ‘52 Miss Carole Anthony ‘64 Mr. Charles E. Armfield Ms. Angie Gallagher Arnsdorff ‘80 Mrs. Joann Leonard Aulwes ‘60 Mrs. Joann Leonard Aulwes ‘60 Mrs. Janet Parr Barry ‘56 Mrs. Claire Peterson Barsic ‘82 Ms. Lucy Dulohery Behr ‘58 Mrs. Laurie Dowell Bell ‘73 Mrs. Julie Hernandez Blair ‘60 Mr. & Mrs. Brian K. Bogue Mrs. Jennifer Denney Borden ‘89 Mrs. Therese Rousseau Braman ‘78 Mrs. Esther Ryan Brown ‘33 Ms. Kathleen Kenney Brown ‘67 Mrs. Danita Williams Burns ‘78 Mrs. Susan Griffin Burns ‘64 Mrs. Betty Arceneaux Burnsed ‘49 Ms. Mary Anne Butler ‘64 Sr. Helen Marie Buttimer, R.S.M. ‘56 Mr. Lawrence Cashen Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Cerrone Mrs. Julianne Lingenfelser Cheaves ‘76 Sr. Paula Cockerham, R.S.M. Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Coleman Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Coleman Mr. & Mrs. John M. Coleman Mrs. Barbara Barras Colson ‘52 Mrs. Jennifer Keener Conneff Mrs. Megan Ware Coomer ‘88 Mrs. Patricia Lang Corcoran ‘67 Miss Rachel Cowart ‘03 Mrs. Judy Murphy Cowart ‘75 Mrs. Nora Blowe Dawson ‘46 Mrs. Margaret Mary Cox DeLorme ‘53 Mrs. Kimberly Tackett Dowd ‘89 Mrs. Rosemary Emerick Downing ‘61 Mrs. Pamela Johnson Easson ‘64 Mrs. Mary Frances Cook Engle ‘63 Mrs. Donna Ivanowski English ‘77 Mrs. Helen Broderick Ferraro ‘52 Mrs. Toni Kim Osbourne Finke ‘74
Mrs. Joyce Rogers Fischer ‘53 Mrs. Mary Woodward Forbes ‘61 Ms. Elizabeth Fulton ‘64 Mrs. Barbara Gartside Mrs. Faith Dean Gilroy ‘51 Mrs. Carolyn Redmond Groover ‘54 Mrs. Madeline Audesey Hahn ‘51 Mr. & Mrs. James C. Hamrick Dr. & Mrs. Douglas A. Hanzel Sr. Susan Harms, R.S.M. ‘60 Miss Margaret Harrison ‘56 Mrs. Marie Doyle Hartwell ‘62 Mrs. Lucy Distefano Haviland ‘57 Mrs. Elaine Rousseau Hillebrand ‘67 Dr. Eleanor Jean Long Janufka Mrs. Laura DeBorde Jaugstetter ‘59 Mrs. Mola Chu Jung ‘56 Mrs. Gloria Keane Mrs. Lauren Grayson Klein ‘01 Mrs. Elena Roush Koch ‘88 Mrs. Christine Lales Mr. & Mrs. William A. Lamb Mr. & Mrs. T. Allen Lancater Mr. & Mrs. Jerome N. Lanser Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin L. Lester Mrs. Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64 Sr. Bernarda Loncon, R.S.M. ‘50 Ms. Doreen Long Miss Kelly C. Long ‘11 Mr. & Mrs. Will Lynch Mrs. Amy Tuttle Massey ‘83 Sr. Amata May, R.S.M. ‘48 Mr. & Mrs. Patrick J. McCarthy Ms. Mary McLendon ‘74 Mrs. Judith Jurgensen Melroy ‘63 Mrs. Celeste Sewell Montgomery ‘69 Dr. Dana B. Moody and Dr. Rodney L. Moody Sr. Denis Marie Murphy, R.S.M. ‘49 Mrs. Elizabeth Tootle New ‘77 Mrs. Janet Byerly Nickens ‘73 Mrs. Genevieve Pinckney O’Connor ‘47 Mrs. Camille Hagan Owens ‘64 Mrs. Mary Frances Kenny Pacifici ‘59 Dr. Sandra Ligneel Paculis Mrs. Sandra Linton Parham ‘63 Mrs. Eleanor Smith Pierce ‘51
Mrs. Joanna Levine Poston ‘02 Mrs. Martha White Pounder ‘50 Mrs. Therese Powers ‘73 Mr. Daniel T. Powers Mrs. Holly Rogers Price ‘81 Mrs. Stacey Ann Hodge Purvis ‘89 Mrs. Kay Jackson Rack ‘67 Dr. & Mrs. John D. Rathbun Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Reisert Mrs. Ellen May Roach ‘64 Mrs. Georgia Hall Roberts ‘66 Mrs. Jennifer Coleman Rowell ‘89 Mrs. Susan Cromartie Russell ‘77 Miss Kathleen Russell ‘03 Mrs. Christi H. Ryan Mr. Ralph M. Santiago Ms. Nancy M. Schreck ‘71 Mr. & Mrs. John M. Schroder Mrs. Mary Ellen Reed Sciarratta ‘53 Mrs. Celeste Coleman Shearouse ‘69 Sr. Barbara Shimkus, R.S.M. ‘63 Mrs. Jane Harte Sipple ‘70 Mrs. Nancy Cooley Smith ‘70 Miss Janet Spillane ‘44 Mrs. Erin Smoak Stanley ‘00 Miss Catherine Blake Powers Stevens ‘00 Mrs. Jennifer Strickland ‘83 Ms. Ellen Struck ‘67 Ms. Mercedes Sullivan ‘52 Mr. Bryan Tackett Mrs. Mary Jeanne Howard Tallman ‘84 Mrs. Anna Mathews Thomas ‘74 Ms. Roberta Thomson Miss Sheila Tinkham ‘90 Mr. & Mrs. James J. Todesca Mrs. Loretto Fleming Toms ‘60 Mrs. Ann Sauers Townsend ‘64 Mrs. Sally Lowe Truskowski ‘60 Sr. Mary Jude Walsh, R.S.M. ‘43 Mr. & Mrs. John E. Wambold Mr. & Mrs. Carl A. Wege Mrs. Susie Paige West ‘66 Ms. Anne Marie White ‘82 Mrs. Joan Price Wiegand ‘54 Mrs. Lori A. Williams Mrs. Agnes Feuger Willoughby ‘40 Mrs. Julie McKenzie Workmon ‘56
If These Walls Could Talk What happens to you, SVA, when the copier cools down, the students file out, and the last one has closed her locker and gone home? What happens to you, SVA, when these voices are silent, when the laughter has died, when we are off to errands, shopping, and eventually home? When the last note on the piano fades, the lights turned off, and we close the doors? What happens to you, SVA, when your halls are empty and only the memory of us remains in you? Do you remember our stories? Do our voices continue to reverberate down your halls? Or do you stand silent, absorbing it all? Do you miss us when we’re gone? Do you ponder History, English, Religion…? Do you look forward to our return? Or is it true, like so many believe, that you are just paint, flooring, plaster….that you are completely unaware? Unaware of us? But I am not unaware of you. I miss your doors, your painted walls, your creaks and groans. Your silence is absorbed in me. For without you, the place in which we gather, we cannot be SVA. You are our refuge, the place in which we laugh, love, forgive, fight, cry, and sometimes dance. You are a classroom in which we learn about life. You are a house set off of a square, which is a cornerstone in our lives. You are desks, tiled floors, dysfunctional clocks, and a welcoming gate. You are a place, a memory, a passion, a dream. Oh, if your walls could talk, what a story you’d tell! Oh, if we could only listen, what a wonder it would be!
Editor’s Note: This was adapted from a work called “Reflection on a Wednesday Afternoon” from Mercy High School Berlingame.
The St. Vincent’s Academy Chorus sang to Esther Ryan Brown ’33, during the Irish season. Mrs. Brown is the oldest living graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy at the age of 99!
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- Jobs, Moves, andLife LifeChanges Changes Jobs, Moves,Accomplishments Accomplishments and There is nothing like SVA “Sisters”! We stick together SVA alumnae Mary Woodward Forbes ‘61, Sheila While the students in the through thick and through thin. Patty Schreck’s ’46 SVA Counihan Winders ‘61, Evelyn Margaret Ganem Chorus had a very tight Chorus is particularly faithful to Patty. That is why the 1st ‘71, Margaret Rose Ganem ‘65 and Janie Lyons schedule before St. Patof March, 2014, found all of us gathered at Johnny Harris’ Bunger ‘73 stand in front of Mother Catherine rick’s Day this year, they for lunch to celebrate Patty’s 85th birthday. We had much McAuley’s grave at Mercy International Centre on managed to make time to laughter, camaraderie, flowers (thanks to Mary Hill ‘65), balLower Baggot Street, Dublin, Ireland. They were serenade a special Irish loons, cake and other fancy stuff (thanks to Adele Collins ‘69) part of a group from Savannah and Augusta visitlass, Esther Ryan and just a good old time with good friends. Thanks to Adele ing Ireland with Msgr. James Costigan who said Brown ’33, pictured for all her hard work in putting this together for Patty, who is Mass for the group in Catherine’s chapel and did a left. Not only has this On March 18 2013, Mary Louise Brady Larison ’43 of marriage vows for the couples attendso deserving! renewal lovely Irish lady reached (nickname “Weegee”) had an enjoyable afternoon vising. The group toured the centre and the age of 99, she is the iting her old Alma Mater. We will not say how long itenjoyed tea and scones in the kitchen. oldest living graduate of had been since she has been to SVA, but she had not Their 11 day trip included Mass at various St. Vincent’s Academy! been here in quite a while. Mary Louise married John locations, including the small chapel at Mrs. Brown lives in a local Larison, after completing St. Joseph’s School of NursGougane Barra monastery site. Pictured retirement community ing, and they moved to Brookhaven, Pennsylvania left to right are Mary Woodward Forbes where she has a steady where they reared 6 children. The family got together ‘61, Sheila Counihan Winders ‘60, Evelyn stream of visitors. In fact, in Savannah where her niece, Rose Mary Carter Ganem ‘71, Margaret Rose Ganem ‘65, it is so steady that as I go Cone ’71 resides and they had a delightful visit. The and Janie into her apartment, there PaulLyons Camp Bunger ‘73. one thing this alumna wanted to do was visit St. Vinis always someone getting cent’s and find the photo of the SVA Basketball Team ready to leave. Someof 1941. Sure enough, there it was right by the elevaday I am sure I will need tor in Heritage Hall. In this photo are the two remain- Oh, how all rejoiced when the to stand in line to get in. ing members of the class of ’43, Weegee and Sr. Jude name Carmela Aliffi ’71 was called Mrs. Brown should start out as the person to whom the Walsh (Eleanor, a/k/a, “Shorty”) looking ready and charging admission, but SVA Yearbook was dedicated for Well, the Sisters managed able to dotoitthrow again…they were able some hoops! Ah,toback in the day. that istake notanother her style. She the year 2014 -2015. To say that trip to the “Land of Saints and Scholars.” Sr. is a very gracious lady who Carmela jumped up and down on Gilmary ‘60, Sr. Michael Mary and Sr. Jogues ‘52 were our is warmly entertaining the stage, to the delight of over exploring Sisters of Mercy for the summer of 2014. They to herwere guests. When our 300 assembled students, is not an particularly interested in seeing ancient Druid ruins and visit ends, I have learned exaggeration. Carmela brings such also burial grounds/cemeteries. Needsomething new and joy to St. Vincent’s, not to mention less to say, they made sure to go by the usually been reminded of talent. She has an incredible knack first House of Mercy on Baggot Street something I hadThe forgotten. for helping her students discover in Dublin. trio rented a car, with Mrs. Sr. Brown, the hostess, is talent that they did not realize they Gilmary doing all the driving. The able to put a smile on my possessed. After taking her art report from Sr. Gilmary was that over a face and a little bounce in classes, our students always feel thousand miles were put on that car in my step that wasn’t there better about themselves. Congrat10 days! There is no doubt that these before. ulations, Carmela…well deserved! holy women did not miss anything of interest on the Green Island! 38
FLASH, FALL 2014
Certainly, retirement has to be considered a huge change in one’s life. Perhaps you read the article in the Savannah Morning News regarding the retirement of distinguished local physician and one of our own, Dr. Paula DeNitto ’71. Paula became the first female general surgeon in Savannah with many well-known surgeons of her era seeing something very special in Paula. These established surgeons quickly became her mentors. She began seeing more and more breast cancer patients. Over the years, Susie has had numerous friends and acquaintances who have gone to her for breast cancer surgery and, to this day, loudly sing her praises… not only for her medical expertise, but for her kindness, genuine concern and, many say, love of her patients. They feel as though they have been treated as family. Life has not been a breeze for Paula, but as she stated, “It has been a great ride.” Paula feels very fortunate that she found her calling and that she has been able to practice in Savannah for 27 years. Yes, Paula, there are many, many women who would agree that you did find your calling and they are so thankful for your presence in their lives! If turning 60 is not a life changing experience, nothing is! With this in mind, the class of 1971 decided to throw themselves a birthday party. They all got together for a luncheon and had an outstanding time. Remember, ladies, it’s all in the mind…you’re not getting older, but better!
Known all over Savannah and beyone, SVA’s talented vocolist, Kim Polote ‘76, made a special trip in the early spring to Russia …that’s right, Russia! When Susie ran into Kim she was in quite a hurry to tell me about it. Instead of giving me an indepth explanation, Kim gave me several pages explaining the project. Unfortunately, the entire thing was written in Russian and I barely made it through two years of French. The long and the short of it seems to be that Kim and a number of other musicians from Savannah had been asked to participate in bringing American jazz to the Soviets. I am betting they had a tremendous amount of fun and the Russians enjoyed it and learned a great deal. Who would not enjoy listening to the mellow, warm voice of our mega-talented Kim?
Coastal Pet Rescue founder, Lisa Scarbrough ’79, had dream-cometrue news to announce in April…the opening of Camp Pawsawhile, the new shelter for Coastal Pet Rescue. Lisa has been rescuing four-footers and finding foster and permanent homes for them for many years. Basically, with no office, Lisa was operating out of her car. Coastal Pet Rescue oversees about 85 adoptions a year. The rescued animals receive veterinary care and, eventually, they are matched with their forever families. By the way, all of the hard work to achieve this camp was done by volunteers, in-kind and other donations and a generous lease on the property. By May 2015 everything was up and running. Congratulations to SVA’s #1 person when it comes to loving and giving a voice to helpless animals! If you would like to donate to Coastal Pet Rescue, please go to coastalpetrescue.org . It’s a great cause! Finally, Katherine Harrington ’80, sent Susie a Prudential ad that appeared in the 2014 issue of Oprah magazine. The ad was filmed at Forsyth Park a couple of years ago and has appeared on television a number of times. So awesome!
Coastal Heritage Society (CHS) recently announced that Nora Fleming Lee ‘00 has accepted the position of Chief Operations Officer for the organization. Nora takes a wealth of experience to her new position. She served as the Sites Administrator for CHS’s Tricentennial Park for the last 5 years, where she was instrumental in the development and success of the three-museum site. She has worked for CHS for nearly 9 years in total, during which she has served in leadership roles in planning the Annual Old Fort Jackson Auction and the Savannah Children’s Museum fundraiser, as well as participating in the planning team that developed the Savannah Children’s Museum’s Exploration Station, which opened in 2012. Nora is a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic University with a MA in Public History. Nora happens to be the niece of Mary Gene Sikes ‘76 , Administrative Dean of SVA. Congratulations to Nora! On December 14, 2014, Mallory King ’10 graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA with her BA in Psychology. She plans on going to graduate school for Speech Pathology. Kudos to Mallory!
A 1st birthday party was held in October, 2014 for Madelyn Poston, daughter of Joanna Levine Poston ’02 ; Joanna and little Maddie live in Charlottesville, VA, but will soon be returning to Savannah with daddy, Ryon Poston. The SVA Alumnae at the party soon realized how many there were with the same age children and wonder if these future Saints will be good friends at SVA. The photo, taken for posterity, includes: top row (left to right): Kendra Dunn Shanahan ’00 with Colin, Mary Wilson ’02 with Lily and Meg Mamalakis Hollis ’02 with Josie. Bottom row (left to right); Sarah Browne Harper ’02 with Grace, Joanna Levine Poston ’02 with Madelyn and Sheena Simpson Gorman ’02 with Charlotte. Go Little Saints! We always knew that Shannon Weeks ’11 would go places. On May 18th, Shannon will graduate from Eckerd College with a degree in Molecular Biology. She has been accepted at the University of Alabama, Birmingham for graduate school. Shannon will complete both her MA and PhD in Pathology and Molecular Medicine at UAB. She has been awarded a full scholarship and a generous stipend. Shannon just finished her senior thesis on the effects of antioxidants in delaying Alzheimer’s pathology in C. elegans. Susie does not understand much of this, but it sounds very important! Yay for Shannon Weeks!!!
Bridget McCarthy, ‘12 was recently elected as Chapter President for the Phi Mu Kappa Phi Chapter at LaGrange College. Bridget who held the positions of Phi Director and Director of Pan-Hellenic Services for the sorority prior to her election will serve as Chapter President through the end of the 2015 calendar year. During Bridget’s tenure, Phi-Mu has received awards for the highest GPA for campus sororities as well as the Outstanding Service Organization Award which is awarded to the sorority or fraternity which most serves the community outside of the school setting. Bridget was recently nominated to The National Society of Leadership and Success program from LaGrange College. Bridget will begin here final year at LaGrange College in the fall, as she continues to work towards her degree in Nursing next spring. Bridget hopes to continue her education beyond her days at LaGrange and pursue a degree as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Pediatrics. During her summer breaks, she volunteers at Memorial Medical Center’s Pediatric Oncology department, as well as enjoys working camps for the Low Country Down Syndrome Society which she has done since her days at SVA... Bridget has always been so special; a great leader and volunteer. Shannon Weeks’ sister, Megan ’14, is playing soccer and studying at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. She is shown here with her aunt, Sr. Gilmary O’Hayer ’60 and her grandmother, Patty O’Hayer Sheppard ’56. Megan, I know you are a good soccer player, but we miss your baking also!
And speaking of the King family, Kerrigan Ennis King ’14 completed her basic training for the United States Coast Guard on October 31, 2014. She is now proudly serving her country at her first duty station in Baltimore, Maryland. By the way, Kerrigan’s mother, Donna Ennis King, and grandmother, Margie McGinley Ennis, graduated from St. Vincent’s in 1983 and 1946 respectively. Our best wishes go out to Kerrigan!
- Stork Deliveries Also a new mom, Amanda Mizelle Fanning ‘00, and husband, Chris, were delighted when their little girl, Rebecca Eloise, arrived on February 21, 2015. She weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. and was 21 inches long. The other good news relating to this birth is that Rebecca’s daddy was released from another hospital just in time to see his baby girl come into the world! Chris had been in a terrible motorcycle accident and was very fortunate to come through it as well as he did. So, there are congratulations all around for this lovely family! The proud grandmother is Patty Saunders Mizelle ’70. A bundle of joy arrived to Shannon McCarthy Bajwa ’01 and husband, Hassan, on January 28, 2015. Little Hana Shahim was 7 pounds and 2 ounces. Besides being a new mom, Shannon works at the Child Life Support and Joe DiMaggio Child Hospital. Katie Weber Wolf ’03 and her husband, Tyler, were excited to welcome their first child, a baby girl they named Baker Elizabeth. This beautiful bundle of joy weighed in at 8 lbs., 8 oz. and was 21 inches long. The family makes its home in Atlanta. Congratulations !
Paul Camp A very important “Honorary Alumna,” Coach Dawn Odom, was named the Athletic Director of the Year for 2015. Wow, what an accomplishment! This award was given to her by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association Region 2-AA. Coach Odom works tirelessly for our SVA Saints on a schedule of “24-7” and is most deserving of this honor! In addition, the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Dawn Odom has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator. To earn this distinction, Dawn has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of her educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination. Dawn is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism! We are so lucky to have Coach Odom at St. Vincent’s Academy!
Sophia Belle Kearsey was born on Mercy Day (September 24, 2014) to Erica Lee Kearsey ’99. Everyone is very excited to have another Saint in the family! Kenneth Hillman Cail IV was born July 23, 2014 and weighed 7 pounds 7.6 ounces. His proud parents are Abigail Shuman Cail ‘05 and Kenny Cail. Baby Kenny’s grandmother, Angie Dotson Cail, class of 1980, great grandmother, Margaret Martin Dotson, was class of 1948, and his aunt and Godmother, Kristin Cail class of 2011.
- Wedding Belles The SVA Rifle team brought this couple together. Colleen Sheffield ’08 and Daniel Greene met in Colleen’s junior year at St. Vincent’s at the State Rifle Championship. Colleen was quite the “cracker-jack” shot! After she graduated from SVA, she donated her time helping Coach Ogden in working with the team. Anyway, a romance blossomed from the meeting and on October 25, Colleen and Daniel got married at Camp Villa Marie on Isle of Hope where a beautiful reception was held also. Colleen is pictured with her SVA bridesmaids (left to right): Kathryn Grayson Neagle ’99, Stephanie Lewis ’08 and Kayla Williams Lentz ’08. Congratulations to a sweet young lady! Elizabeth Byerly ‘10 and Jared Carroll were married on May 29, 2015. The wedding and reception were at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Elizabeth will be graduating May 2015 with a degree in historic preservation and restoration (she also owns Elizabeth Colligan Photography) and Jared is Assistant Director of Admissions at South University and is getting his MBA, also finishing in May of 2015. They make their home in Savannah on the same street as Elizabeth’s wonderful mother, Anne Brady Byerly ‘74. I hear your day was totally fabulous! Stephanie Lauren Ey ’07 moved to France in 2011 after college to look for work. She found a job in a supply chain and met a very special someone who would become her husband. She is now Stephanie Lee and is living with her husband in Strasbourg, France! Maureen Rose Fitzgerald ‘97 became Mrs. David Porter on May 8, 2014. Their wedding took place at Our Lady of Good Hope Chapel on Isle of Hope. The reception was at the Savannah Yacht Club and the couple took a wedding cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Two of Maggie’s bridesmaids attended St. Vincent’s, but did not graduate from SVA. Lisa Harris Adams would have been class of 97 and Jeri Fried Brooks would have been class of 98. David is a Regional Sales Manager at the Georgia Ports Authority and Maggie is the Human Resources Director for Bulloch County Board of Commissioners in Statesboro. Maggie and David make their home in Statesboro. Congratulations! On August 27, 2014, one of our famous Dekle twins got married. Nicole Dekle’85 wed Jeff Kahn in Brooklyn, New York. Nicole is currently editing at Bloomberg Markets (she was always the literary one and Catherine the science one). I am sure that she polishes articles until they sparkle. Nicole kindly states, “These lessons, learned long ago from Mrs. Dressel, loom large in all of this and I like to think she would be proud.” She was always proud of you, Nicole!
- The Little Snoop SVA Freshman Beats Cancer and Celebrates Dream-Come-True Call it “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” when our own Elizabeth Helen (“Betty”) Barsic ’18 was granted a once-in-a-lifetime lunch date, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In November 2013, doctors discovered lymphoma in Betty’s jawbone and began months of aggressive chemotherapy. Her last treatment was completed in March of 2014. This past March, Betty celebrated her first year as a survivor by meeting Gerard Way, lead singer of My Chemical Romance. The band, known for its strong anti-cancer message, has inspired many young victims of the disease. Although they parted ways two years ago, members of the band still meet with patients and survivors who love their music. Betty and Gerard had lunch at Ginger Grass Thai restaurant in Los Angeles and spent the afternoon talking about, what else, singing! Congratulations to Betty! Words from “The Bard”
On April, 27th, Mary Abbott ’16, competed in The Shakespeare Competition held at Lincoln Center. This is a national competition and Mary is the second St. Vincent’s student who has had the honor of being chosen to compete. On Sunday, the day before the competition, Mary participated in a workshop at Tisk Theater Department at New York University. The members in her assigned group were instructed to make up a skit with very precise instructions as to what to include, but it had to represent New York City. That was fun! Mary said that it was exciting to watch all the contestants on stage performing their sonnets and monologues. Her fabulous recitation consisted of Sonnet #61 and Viola in Act II, Scene I from Twelfth Night. Mary stated, “I learned a great deal about Shakespeare and new ways that I can improve my performance.” By the way, Mary did make it by FAO Schwartz Toy Store! Yea, Mary Abbott!
It’s Great Going to School Downtown When St. Vincent’s receives an invitation from SCAD for any of its events, you can bet we will be making plans to be in attendance. SCAD is so kind to include us in many of their special events. Shown in this photo are some of the girls who attended the SCAD Film Festival in October 2014. Spending time attending SCAD events is always an intriguing educational experience. Thank you SCAD! Speaking of SCAD… One of our student prizes for the “Car OR $10,000” Raffle this year was from SCAD. For her very hard work selling many raffle tickets, senior, Maddie Loftin ‘15, won a summer seminar at SCAD. Maddie was thrilled and will be able to take the seminar of her choice…a prize valued at $4,200! More SCAD The Fashion/Art Club journeyed with Ms. Carmela Aliffi to the exquisite Oscar De La Renta exhibit at the SCAD Museum. Upon arrival, the group was fortunate to meet Ms. Carmela Spinelli who gave them a private guided tour of the exhibit featuring one of America’s most famous fashion designers. How lucky we are to be in the Downtown Arts District and to have such a special relationship with SCAD!
The Arts Kudos to Audrey Turner ’15 and Skyler Svedres ’15 whose works were chosen for the Savannah Art Society’s High School Art Competition held at the Jepson Center. Family day at the exhibit included a reception and prizes. SVA’s One Act Play made it all the way to the Region 2-AA One Act Play competition in Ocilla, Ga. On October 3rd they performed “The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-theMoon Marigolds!” and took 1st place! Congratulations to this amazingly talented group of girls including: Mary Abbott ‘16, Maddie Lofton ‘15, Jennie Lawson ‘17, Katie Sandefur ‘16, Madison Myrick ‘17, Emily Lacombe 17, Canyon North ‘16, Kayla Smokes ‘15, Audrey Turner ‘15, Sasha Tupac-Yupanqui 15, Elizabeth Crawford ‘18, Cierra Wood ‘18, Amaiya Murphy 18, Victoria Williamson ‘16, and Sar Perleth ‘16. A big thank you to the fantastic leaders on our faculty, Mr. Justin Johnson and Mrs. Taylor Culjan! The St. Vincent’s Pottery/Sculpture Class, exploring Enviromental Art, created the most imaginative and delightful installations around our campus in March. The art was simple but effective and involved embellishing nature on our campus for all to enjoy. The class also used natural materials to enhance areas like out Liberty Street courtyard. We so appreciate the fantastic art program that Ms. Carmela Aliffi ‘71 offers our students. As any art student will tell you, our art classes are the best! SVA’s Pottery/Sculpture Class is always amazing us. In this photograph, you see the students painting Face Jugs before firing in the Raku Kiln at Armstrong University. Magic happened in the kiln and we have these imaginative (sometimes frightening) Face Jugs to enjoy. Drawing and painting students studying Monet are designing their Impressionist Painting Project. Light, Color, Action!
Ability to Celebrate Faith A special thing about going to a Catholic school is the freedom to celebrate faith and to pray. Our religious services are well thought out and geared to teenagers, be they of the Catholic faith or of another faith…we are all worshiping the same God. Retreats are one way that we pray and address certain pertinent moral topics. Pictured is our junior class posing for a photo during their class retreat in February. We are so fortunate to be able to give our students these experiences! A Lenten Journey On a Friday during Lent, the student body was given an emotional experience in watching the Shadow Stations of the Cross being “performed” in Our Lady’s Chapel in the Cathedral. Sr. Michael Mary’s Fine Arts Class, with the help of Sr. Lisa, our Campus Minister, helped these freshman students create a powerful and prayerful Lenten experience. Each station was presented in silhouette form while Sr. Lisa gave the readings for each station. There is no doubt that we were all impressed and amazed with this faith-filled presentation and the strength of the creativity of these students. Sowing the Seeds of Vocations Sister Sue Weetenkamp, Sister of Mercy Vocation Minister, visited our campus in October 2014 and again in April, 2015. Sister Sue is always welcome here and we were pleased to have Sister speak to the girls about vocations. The students were very attentive and Sister was able to visit with some of them individually. Doing Good Stuff Many of us talk about wanting to do good for others, but sometimes we do not notice the needs right in front of us every day. Recently, a group of students and their teacher took notice of what they perceived to be a need and decided to make it their mission to help out. Our Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Riddle, recently was suffering with back problems and, eventually, had surgery. Through all of this, as usual, Mrs. Riddle, ventured to the Teachers’ Lounge, on the other end of the campus, to heat her lunch in the microwave. Ah, a good deed was in the making! Just around the corner and a few feet down the hall, Mrs. Charlot and her classes decided that it would be helpful to Mrs. Riddle if she had a microwave in her office. A group of students excitedly presented the gift to a tearful and most appreciative Mrs. Riddle. The students told Mrs. Riddle that they also gave her the microwave because she does so much for Vinny and they were thankful to have Vinny at school. What good girls!
Mothers and Daughters It is a wonderful thing to celebrate femininity and the close relationship between mothers and daughters. St. Vincent’s likes to make a special point to do that in the fall for the seniors and their mothers. The junior class works diligently each year to help make this a big success. So, the Senior Mother/Daughter Mass and Brunch was held on a Sunday, November 9, 2014. Mass was at the Cathedral and brunch followed at Walsh Hall. Everything is always perfectly lovely, but this year SCAD added the most special touches with amazing floral arrangements, dainty tea cups for all and “killer” table arrangements in stunning containers. Thank you SCAD!
Clubs You may or may not realize that students at St. Vincent’s are required to join a club. Why? One reason it is required is that it broadens the students’ horizons and continues to teach them using a different approach and methodology. Our clubs are as numerous and varied as the subjects we teach. Activities that are unrelated to academics also look good on a student’s resume to get into college. However, there also are academic clubs. Here we have two of our clubs pictured…the Origami Club and the Walking Savannah’s History Club. In the Origami Club, Math teacher Mr. Justin Johnson has his students showing off their life-size origami project a dog that they worked on for 5 weeks. The other photo pictures the students in Walking Savannah’s History Club as they pose on the steps of a home that has ghost stories connected to it. Before posing for the picture, Mrs. Lominack related stories of disappearances, murder, mayhem and unbelievably creepy happenings that tour guides tell about this eerie-looking and empty home. At the very end of the tales, she asked them to gather very close to her, at which time, she screamed, “April Fools!” Everyone had forgotten it was April 1st. By the way, it was revealed to the girls that all of these stories are simply myths that have grown up around a particularly spectral and ghostly façade. Oh, what fun! Accolades Maddie Loftin ’15 was named STAR Student by the Kiwanis Club! Going with her to the luncheon to honor Savannah’s top students was Maddie’s STAR Teacher choice, Mr. Justin Johnson, who specializes in all things mathematical. We are proud of you both! Maddie Loftin ‘15, Kayla Smokes ‘15 and Lily Payne ’15 deserve huge congratulations for their first, second and third place art awards in the Yom HaShoah Annual Art and Writing contest at the Jewish Educational Educational Alliance. Their pieces depict profound lessons and deep understanding. Instructor for Holocaust Studies, Mrs. Taylor Culjan states, “All three of these young ladies, along with so many of my other students, have touched me deeply with their response to the content of my class and their desire to be advocates for social justice beyond the walls of 101.” Ring Day It is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting days at SVA. In a beautiful ceremony, in the Cathedral, members of the senior class present school rings to the present junior class. Addresses are given and a short reception is held so that families are able to go to lunch. Flowers were everywhere for members of both classes and, even the rain, could not dampen spirits! Girls Giving Congratulations to our Student Council and their moderators, Mrs. Virginia Charlot and Ms. Ilaria Bruce, for raising $2,000 for the Shamrocks MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Fundraiser! This worthy cause helps to send children afflicted with this disease to summer camp. Good job, ladies!
Boys Growing Up with Girls In the 1990s we had Vinny I, then came Vinny II and now we have Vinny III. Each time we lost one, we lost a member of the SVA family and we thought we would never get over losing him. Life goes on and each Vinny imparted his own lessons to us. For those of you who are not up to speed on this, each Vinny, all Golden Retrievers, have been our beloved mascots through the years, participating in each day of life at SVA. Thanks to Mr. Jody Riddle, we got a new puppy this year (you know, the hold-in-thepalm-of -both-hands size) and excitement ran through the halls like a bolt of electricity. The little guy is no longer little; he has grown like the proverbial weed. He will train as a therapy dog, like the others. We all love him dearly and he gets way, way too many kisses. As if you could ever give too many kisses! Exceptional Wins The Saints Cross Country Team thrilled all their fans by winning the #1 spot in the State for the 8th year in a row! Sara Kathryn Boyles ‘16 won the region race overall, Lauren O’Hearn ‘18 placed 2nd, Erin O’Hearn ‘16 placed 3rd, Meghan Vierheilig ‘17 placed 4th and Agnes Coppage ‘17 placed 6th. A big congratulations to our exceptional team and Coach Brooke Sims for another fantastic State title! Of Gods and Goddesses, Saints and Sinners In the month of March, the Mythology students spent some time studying in the Cathedral. This has become a popular location for Ms. Westgate’s students to study symbolism and learn to identify the different saints by items that the saints are holding or that appear with them. Most students can easily identify the saint carrying a shamrock, but can they identify the saints with a gridiron, a beehive and an organ? By the time the girls depart, they know those saints are Lawrence, Ambrose and Cecilia, in that order! Flower Power In honor of Earth Day, Mrs. Culjan’s Freshmen English classes invited all faculty, staff, and students to tour their Literary/Poetry Quote Garden beginning April 22nd. The garden is inspired by works of literature studied in ninth grade. It was the most creative and feel-good display. The girls spent so much time investigating to get just the right literary quotes to go with their displays. What a great way to learn literature and create something beautiful! Thank you to all who participated. It was such a gift to the school just in time to celebrate Earth Day. Nothing like a Good Costume St. Vincent’s is known for many things besides great academics. We love to celebrate ourselves and we love to celebrate our holidays. No other school does Halloween the way St. Vincent’s does Halloween! Shown here is Peter Pan and Company from Mrs. Lori Williams’ homeroom.
Well Versed in Languages French I and II students attended a contest held by the Foreign Language Association of Georgia. Students in Mrs. Charlot’s classes competed in a speaking contest on Saturday, March 21 and earned three awards of “Excellence” and one of “Notable”! The students are (left to right): Alex Mason ‘18, Aliyah Corsey ‘17, Agnes Coppage ‘17 and Kaitlin Sells ‘17. Felicitations, Mademoiselles! Good Eats But the good eats were only for those Italians, or, shall we say Latin scholars. The Latin students at SVA had a Roman Banquet on April 23, 2015 to celebrate Rome’s 2,768th birthday. Students made pasta, tiramisu, and arancini (Italian rice balls) for the occasion. Everyone had a lovely time and it was a great way to help bring the school year to a delicious close! Big Year for Cheering It has always been a great tradition that BC cheerleaders come from the student body at St. Vincent’s Academy. This year’s squad had a great deal more to cheer about than most years. This year really was special and exciting, to say the least. Parents, students, friends and even former cheerleaders rallied around in the stands and around their television sets to watch as BC won the State 2AA Championship. Unlike the days of old, SVA cheerleaders for BC must try out each year. The cheerleaders for next year are: Anna Giles Truax ‘19, Bailey Bowling ‘19, Brooke Aveeno 19, Abby Stone ‘19, Reid Markowitz ‘19, Saylor Britt ‘18, Taylor Schwarz ‘18, Lucy Bachelor ‘18, Kaley Pigman ‘16, Margaret Leonard ‘18, Juliet Pigman ‘18, Kelsey McNeill ‘17, Shannon Ireland 16, Claudia Marshall 18, Brooke Jackson ‘18, Isabelle Russell ‘17 and Lilly Morgan ‘16. Biology = Fun These two young ladies are having way more fun than Susie can remember having in biology class. Of course, from taking biology at St. Vincent’s, Susie immediately knew that this “tinker toy” the girls are holding is the molecular structure for glucose! Oh, yes she did. Model UN If you are a student who joins the Model UN Team, you must understand one thing: there is a great deal of work and team effort required of you. Pictured here are the award recipients for the 2015 SVA Model UN Team. They are (left to right) Cassidy Rahn ‘19, Shivanni Patel ‘15, Sara Anne Hrones ‘15, Raina MacLeod ‘16, Sydney Warshaw ‘15 and Maddie Loftin ‘15. Congratulations to our faculty advisor, Mrs. Lori Williams and her special group that has made us so proud! Holocaust Survivor Speaks St. Vincent’s is so fortunate to have the popular Holocaust Studies class taught by Mrs. Taylor Culjan ‘99 and even more fortunate to be able to listen and learn first-hand from a Holocaust survivor. Mrs. Vera Hoffman, who resides in Savannah, gives her time to talk about this subject and bring it to life for them through her experiences. She was taken from her home in southern Hungary to a work camp where her family would be forced to labor in a glass factory. She survived along with her parents and her grandmother. Mrs. Hoffman is always a popular speaker and the students find her story riveting.
Events Throughout the Year
Loretto Dressel Lominack ‘64
We added a brand new event this year to take the place of our Tuition Raffle. We decided to have a Car Raffle! Thanks to Dan Vaden, we were able to procure the most adorable VW Beetle that was fully loaded. However, if you were not in need of a 2 year lease on a car, the winner would be able to choose $10,000 cash! This event was wildly popular and netted SVA slightly over our goal of $40,000. People have requested that next year we sell more than the limited number of 500 that we sold this year. Hmm…not a bad idea. You might be interested in knowing our winners for this event: Grand Prize Winner: Chat Howard…better known as the grandfather of our SVA 11th grader, Elizabeth Huber A Fabulous Sunset Cruise: Kelly Long Beech Mountain, NC Condo: Father John Lyons Two Night Stay at the Planters Inn: Michelle Nyberg Dinner for 2 at Cohen’s Retreat: Mike Kenny Pollock Photography Session: Risa Clawson Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who supported scholarship at SVA through our raffle! Enjoy perusing these photos of other great events that happened at SVA this year! Do you spot anyone you know?
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McAuley and Walsh Awards
Alumnae Oyster Roast
Tour of Homes & Tea
Christmas Candlelight Concert
SVA Holiday Shopping Night
In Gratitude We are most grateful to the families who, from July 1, 2014 to april 29, 2015, specified that gifts be given to St. Vincent’s Academy in memory of their loved ones. Thank you to the families of the following: Mrs. Jeanne Jenkins Bandy ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. Glenn E. Hohnerlein Mrs. Bertie M. Kaluzne Mrs. Mildred “Jenny” J. Morin Mrs. Josephine Kenney Murphy ‘45 Mrs. Ione Pacifici Mrs. Elvira M. Mac Powers Mrs. Jean Summerlin Rousseau ‘44 Ms. Kathleen Angela Schroder ‘64 Mrs. Bernadette Ozburn Sternberg ‘44 Mrs. Freddie Hodges Tilton Mr. Harold “Butch” Williamson
In Remembrance For those Alumnae deceased from July 13, 2014 through April 29, 2015. Mrs. Jeanne Jenkins Bandy ‘66 Mrs. Ann Shoemaker Boxxe ‘77 Sister M. Felice Byrnes, RSM ‘34 Ms. Elizabeth Doolan ‘74 Mrs. Lynda Hancock Dyer ‘62 Miss Claudia Kessler Faller ‘03 Mrs. Rose Mary Sullivan Kelly ‘59 Mrs. Vivian Dupuy Kenney(*A) Mrs. Mary Kelley Maloney ‘55 Mrs. Josephine Kenney Murphy ‘45 Mrs. Jean Summerlin Rousseau ‘44 Ms. Kathleen Angela Schroder ‘64 Mrs. Bernadette Ozburn Sternberg ‘44 Sr. Theresa Mary Sumner, RSM ‘50
Note: (*A) designates an Associate Member of the Alumnae.
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