Did you happen to catch Sabrina Fitz ’07 and presently a senior at Northwestern University, on Jeopardy recently? She turned in an amazing performance! Congrats Sabrina, your elementary Alma Mater is proud of you. READ CHICAGO TRIBUNE STORY
Thanks to Duchesne High School for sharing the following good news about three of their seniors who’ve received recognition by the National Merit Scholars program. All of them are graduates of the Academy Class of 2012.
“Will Fairless and Joe Phillips were each recently awarded $2500 National Merit Scholarships to the schools of their choosing. Erin Hannegan McKee was named as a commended student by the National Merit Scholars program in recognition of her Preliminary SAT (PSAT) scores and her continuing academic promise.
This past fall the Sacred Heart Alumni Association offered an alternative to the annual Days of Recollection which it has sponsored in the past. Sister Margaret Munch conducted tours to the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine in Florissant, which is located on the site of the first convent that St. Philippine Duchesne built in America. That convent still stands and has been carefully restored in recent years. A trip to this location takes a pilgrim back to those early days when the Society of the Sacred Heart operated a school in Florissant after they left St. Charles in 1819. Some who took the tour in June suggested that it be offered more widely, in the hopes of sharing the story of our very own saint.
Sister Munch is on the Friends of Old St. Ferdinand Board and has a vast knowledge of the Philippine history that prevails in Florissant as well as a keen desire to assist that committee in its ongoing work of restoration. Because she has retired from teaching at the Academy this year, Sister Munch is free to schedule a number of tours which we are pleased to be able to sponsor. We are offering the following four dates this spring and hope to be able to add more next fall. Our spring dates are:
- Saturday, February 20
- Wednesday, March 9
- Saturday, April 16
- Wednesday, May 11
The number of participants in a tour is limited due to the size of the rooms in this historic complex. Carpool groups will set out from the Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne (on the Academy grounds) at 10 a.m. Or, pilgrims may choose to join the group in Florissant at 10:30 a.m. The tour will last approximately one hour. There is the option of continuing the day with lunch at Hendel’s restaurant, which is nearby.
The Alumni Association suggests a donation of $10 per person. Sister Munch will give your gift (in any amount) to the Shrine of St. Ferdinand for its ongoing work of restoration. Reservations in advance are required. These can be made by contacting Ann Diekemper (636-946-6127, ext. 1640).
Our beloved Alumni Director, Mrs. Jane Cannon, retired recently after more than four decades of dedicated service to the Academy. Please join us as we pay loving tribute to her on Saturday, January 16, at a 4 p.m. liturgy in the Shrine and a 5 p.m. cocktail reception in the Griesedieck Conference Room.
Please help us to plan: RSVP by January 8
“I think I would have to name the PEOPLE as the most enjoyable facet of this job. Of course, there is the obvious treasure of working in the house blessed by a saint, and maybe she is the reason that so many wonderful friends (and even a few challenging personalities) have made these 41 years a beautiful memory. I think they are what has kept me coming back—and what has prompted me to extract from Sister Glavin permission to hang on, after January 1, as an interloping volunteer.”
Read more of Mrs. Cannon’s Memories of 40+ Years
Should you wish to make an honorary contribution in recognition of Mrs. Cannon, please consider the Cindy Cannon Brooks Scholarship Fund. To give online, choose “Cindy Cannon Brooks Scholarship Fund” in the donation category field of this online donations page.
The late-summer 2015 meeting of the Alumni Coordinating Council began with a celebratory visit to the Shrine to toast the recent completion of the informative walls there. They will help to educate pilgrims about the woman who is buried in one quiet corner of that edifice. Alumni Donations made that dream a reality!
The south wall traces the story of Philippine Duchesne life from her departure from France through her years in Missouri and Kansas. It ends with her death in the little cell on our campus. The north wall describes the two burial paces that preceded her present, inconspicuous tomb in a corner of the Shrine. It goes on to proclaim the legacy that her pioneer spirit secured in the United States and, indeed, by its missionary enterprise, into the whole world. Parabolic sound domes in each corner offer additional historic narratives that enhance the story of our saint.
Now we are ready to move down the hall to Phase III of our Alumni Project. We will be addressing “Philippine’s Back Porch.” Not only was this the exterior part of the original 1835 convent, but it derived new importance in 1951 when Philippine’s remains were carried in from the “round house” in the front yard and kept here in simple reverence until the Shrine was ready to receive her sarcophagus. This area will be modestly restored with appropriate signage this year to add another dimension to the pilgrim experience.
Many thanks for considering a gift to this year’s Alumni Project! CLICK HERE to donate.
In anticipation of the Nov. 18 Feast Day of St. Philippine Duchesne, the Alumni Association will be sponsoring 24 HOURS OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION in the Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne. Eucharistic Adoration will begin with liturgy on Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 a.m., offered for Cindy Cannon Brooks, after which the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed. All are invited for prayer in the Shrine any time during the next 24 hours, and to the closing mass on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8 a.m.
While the public is invited to come for prayer at any time during this 24-hour period, we are asking alums to sign up for an hour (to be responsible for having the exposed Blessed Sacrament attended around the clock). CLICK HERE to volunteer for this important service.
Please address any questions to Alumni Association President Russ Clever.
Alums wishing to volunteer for one of the locations that we will be serving on Saturday, November 14 should contact Diane Carroll Boerding ’76 at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 6.
Other adult members of the Sacred Heart community (e.g., parents, faculty and staff) are invited to take part, as well.
Job assignments will be given out in White Center Cafeteria after the 8 a.m. Mass that morning in the Shrine.
One of the many special offerings that the Academy has announced as part of the celebration of the school’s bicentennial in 2018, is a Cuvée Bicentennaire, produced by well-known French winemaker, Jean-Louis Chave. Orders are being taken now for delivery in the winter of 2017–2018.
Chave is the husband of Erin Cannon Chave, a 1985 graduate of the Academy. The couple met when she worked for a California-based importer of French wines. They married and now live, with their two children, in the Rhone Valley—about one hour’s drive from Grenoble, the birthplace of Philippine Duchesne. The Chave family has been growing grapes and making wine in this region in France since 1481.
The wine which will be offered, featuring the Academy’s special bicentennial logo, will be Chave’s Cotes du Rhone—commonly subtitled Mon Coeur. (Think, “My heart will abide here.”) It will be sold in 6-bottle cases for $180. It must be picked up from the distribution point at the Academy when its arrival is announced.
The deadline to order Cuvée Bicentennaire: is June 30, 2016. CLICK HERE to order.
While so much was happening outdoors this summer to transform our campus and the entrance approaches, parking spaces and play areas, some wonderful things were happening close by in the Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne. As part of the five-year plan undertaken by the Alumni Association in anticipation of the Bicentennial in 2018, one of the needs identified by the administration (and certainly by the Shrine Director) was a way to accommodate pilgrims who arrive at a time when no volunteer docent is on duty.
Marita Freymuth Malone ’68 has penned a memoir that’s been published by Amazon.com. My Mother, My Daughter has been described as “a fascinating and insightful adoption story.” Join us at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, for a wine-and-cheese book review in the Griesedieck Conference Room. We look forward to Marita describing her five-years-in-the-making book. RSVP to Alumni Director Jane Cannon.