Return to your alma mater and reconnect with ASH friends! Plan now to attend Congé Reunion on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Mass at 5 p.m., followed by a reception in the historic area and front yard.

ALL alums are welcome to our annual party! Reunion classes end in a 7 or 2;
Special Honor Classes are 30, 40, 50 and 60 year classes. Please plan to join us!

Ask many alums what their favorite Academy tradition is and “Christmas Baskets” is a frequent reply. To recall these special memories, since 2013 ASH alums have responded to the invitation to participate in the Academy’s annual appeal for Christmas baskets. And this year’s generous response was overwhelming, resulting in 63 baskets overflowing with food for needy families in the area!

Cash donations increased this year, as did deliveries of food items from a specially created Amazon registry (a total of 174 items). With nearly $1,500 in cash donations, Alumni Coordinating Council President Charla Niccoli Dziedzic ’75, along with 1972 classmates Barb Luczkowski and Ann Demling Diekemper, took to the shopping aisles, filling 15 carts with 500 pounds of potatoes, 200 pounds of oranges, 50 hams and much more.

Then, last Thursday, student elves (joyfully singing Silver Tea tunes!) helped unload three vehicles, stacking and sorting items for the Fourth Annual Alumni Christmas Basket Gathering. With about 30 alums in attendance —each bringing their own items, from Oreos to crackers to candy canes —the 50 pre-purchased laundry baskets were quickly filled to the brim. However, there was just one problem … there was still more food!

Sturdy boxes were found to supplement the baskets, bringing the total to 63—an impressive increase over previous years’ efforts. “I am awed and humbled by the generous Children of the Sacred Heart at this Academy named after God’s Heart!” said Sister Glavin.

Once the baskets were packed, alums enjoyed snacks, beverages and plenty of Christmas cheer and Sacred Heart camaraderie! Many alums returned the following day for the all-school Christmas Basket Mass and were thrilled to see the impact of their generosity. As Barb DuBois, mother of Emily ’03 and Ryan ’00 commented, “The Christmas Basket Giving and Mass is one of our fondest memories of ASH. Merry Christmas to all and keep up God’s work!”

It was a heartwarming moment for our RSCJ when two ASH graduates were recognized in the 2016 “Stories of Our St. Louis Sisters” essay contest. Matilda “Tilly” Glascock, a sophomore at Cor Jesu (shown at right in photo), won for her essay about Sister Maureen Glavin. Jessica Skinker, a senior at Incarnate Word Academy, won for her essay about Sister Margaret Munch. Sister Glavin attended the awards ceremony at Incarnate Word, at which five of the winning essays were read aloud. Essays were judged by women religious.

In its fourth year, “Stories of Our St. Louis Sisters” is sponsored by the Incarnate Word Foundation and supported by the Catholic Education Office. It seeks to celebrate the contributions of women religious in the Archdiocese.

Congratulations to Tilly and Jessica! CLICK HERE to read their winning essays.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, alums took part in our annual Day of Service in celebration of Philippine’s Feast. After a morning mass in the Shrine, which concluded the 24-Hour Eucharistic Adoration, alums headed to Our Lady’s Inn (providing homeless pregnant women and their children shelter) and Karen House (a Catholic Worker house of hospitality for homeless women and children) to paint, deep clean, provide lunch and move furniture. Each site was very grateful for our help and one wrote, “Yesterday was a huge success because of you all. Thank you all so much again. Our house is our home and Sacred Hearts are always welcome.” We are happy to honor Philippine by serving others!