Celebrating our Academy Community

May 9, 2019

What a wonderful event we shared on Saturday evening. A huge debt of gratitude is extended to Chemin de Fer Chairs Heather and Jeff Locker and Co-Chairs Kim and Steve Willbrand for all the thought, effort, time, treasure and talent that they shared in support of this major fundraiser. I am so very appreciative of all those who chaired the committees and worked on everything from decorations to packaging silent auction items. The event would never have been the success it was without the help and support of many in our parent community, as well as Academy staff members:  Anna Godfrey ’07, Special Events Coordinator, Mary Maher, Development Director and Lindsay McCullough, Director of Marketing & Communications.  Thank you all so very much! 


First Communion and New Life

April 25, 2019

This weekend we celebrate a very special moment in the lives of our Second Class students—First Communion.  Please join me in praying for these young members of this community of Christ’s heart and for their parents as they continue to live out the promises they made at the time of their child’s baptism. Blessings to all!


Halls Abound with Creativity and Color

April 4, 2019

Just a few minutes ago I was invited in to the Kocs Computer Lab by Mr. Storjohann, our computer teacher, to get an early glimpse of some photographs that were taken by Middle School students who participated in our after-school photography club. I offer a couple for your review below. What our students saw and captured was amazing!


Fasting and Feasting for Lent

March 5, 2019

We as a community of believers are about to enter into the Christian holy season of Lent.  At its core, Lent is a time of opportunity.


Words of Gratitude

February 4, 2019

I wish that within the English language there was a deeper expression of gratitude than simply “thank you.”  It seems so inappropriate to offer the same words of gratitude for your vote of confidence, (expressed through a confirmed desire to continue our relationship as parents and educators) as would be offered when presented with a refill of my Pepsi at a local restaurant!  Yet I shall say it nonetheless—“Thank You.”


In an Era of Instantaneous…

December 4, 2018

This past Sunday we entered into the holy season of Advent, the first season of the Catholic Liturgical Calendar. It is a time when we as a community of the faithful prepare our homes, places of worship and most especially ourselves for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus and ultimately the second coming of Christ at the end of time.


Generosity of Spirit

October 4, 2018

Two hundred years ago today, Emilie and Therese Pratte, along with their cousin Pelagie Chouteau, woke up in the Duquette Mansion having spent their first night as boarders at the newly established Sacred Heart school.  Imagine the excitement around that breakfast table—the students beginning an adventure in the frontier town of Saint Charles and the Religious now having the much-needed boarding students.  What a leap of faith it was for all parties involved!


The Lost Art of Letter Writing

August 30, 2018

On the second floor of the 1835 building there is a very special place.  This room, with its wide plank floors and large fireplace, was the community room for the Religious of the Sacred Heart.  For me, more than any other location on campus, this is where I feel the presence of Philippine.  In this place, I envision Philippine sitting with her companions in the evenings—planning, praying, writing and, especially, reading letters sent from ‘home.’


“Ser un Instrumento Dócil en Las Manos de Dios, pero Sólo un Instrumento”

August 23, 2018

In my office hangs a banner which I cherish.  It has so many levels of significance to me.  On the sentimental level, it hung in the office of my dear friend, a mentor-colleague who had served as Head of School when I was a Sacred Heart student.  It also offers a daily reminder to me of the internationality of Sacred Heart education and the Society of the Sacred Heart…that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.  On a personal level it reminds me of a meeting when I allowed my mind to wander into the image…and got caught!


And So, As We Begin…What Are Your Hopes for the Year Ahead?

August 16, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  The Academy has come back to life with the return of little feet, excited voices and smiling students.  It is so good to welcome you home!

When I was a child, I loved the start of the school year.  I loved all the school supplies (I still do), going to get uniforms and the excitement of being in a new grade level.  As I grew older, back-to-school held the fun of reconnecting with friends, having a locker to decorate as my ‘home base’ and the start of my soccer season.  When I was a teacher, back-to-school translated into reconnecting with colleagues, sharing stories of vacations and conferences, and the exchange of new ideas those professional development opportunities afforded.