The Academy community extends heartfelt sympathy to the family of Jeff Kirtley, who died July 3. Our prayers continue for Sarah (Assistant to the Principal at ASH), Blake ’12 and Katelyn ’14, his daughter, Whitney, and her three children. May Jeff now rest in the presence of our Gracious and Loving God.
Today, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, St. Philippine Duchesne’s star and bronze plaque on the St. Louis Walk of Fame were unveiled to the cheers of approximately 200 RSCJ, Sacred Heart alumni, families and friends. Mr. Joe Edwards, founder of the Walk of Fame, read the inscription on the plaque, followed by remarks by Sister Sheila Hammond, Provincial of the US and Canada Society of the Sacred Heart, and Sister Maureen Glavin, our Head of School. [remarks] Bill Herbert’s Ragtime trio provided joyous tunes preceding the event. The star and plaque are located at 6241 Delmar on the Loop (in front of United Provisions Grocery). Thanks to all who welcomed our remarkable saint’s story to the public square!
All are invited to celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart with the RSCJ on Friday, June 23. Join in at 11:30 a.m., when St. Philippine Duchesne will be inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame at 6241 Delmar in The Loop. Or, attend a 5 p.m. feast day liturgy in the chapel of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (801 S. Spoede Road), and the reception that follows. The Religious of the Sacred Heart welcome all on this day, the unofficial launch of the bicentennial year.
In September 2018 we’ll reach an important milestone—200 years of Sacred Heart education at the Academy of the Sacred Heart! But we aren’t waiting until the fall of 2018 to recognize this noteworthy anniversary. Both the Academy and the Society of the Sacred Heart have planned more than a year’s worth of events to celebrate 200 years since St. Philippine Duchesne carried the mission of Sacred Heart education to America.
To share events that have already occurred and to keep everyone up-to-speed regarding celebratory plans on the horizon, today we launched an Academy Bicentennial website. Whatever you may be wondering about Sacred Heart’s Bicentennial, look for it here.
ASH alumni, return to your alma mater and reconnect with ASH friends! Plan now to attend the upcoming Congé Reunion on Saturday, June 10. Mass at 5 p.m. in the Shrine will be followed by a reception in the historic area and front yard. This year’s reunion classes are those ending in “7” or “2,” and special Honor Classes are 30, 40, 50 and 60 year classes. ALL alums are welcome to this annual party!
Check out the Congé pre-event on the Congé invitation. Mrs. Cannon will present a preview of her soon-to-be published book, “Two Hundred Years: A Legacy of Love and Learning,” in Cribbin Hall.