11/14/2013 12:27:00 PM Founders' Day honors school history, alumnae
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St Mary's Academy senior Sophie Goddyn escorts 1933 alumna, Sister Magdalen Basick, at the school's Founders' Day celebration.
Each year, St. Mary’s Academy pays tribute to alumnae who graduated 50 or more years ago. In October, the school for girls welcomed 75 graduates from the classes of 1933, 1938, 1943, 1953 and 1963.
“There is no better way for students to understand the rich history of St. Mary’s than through personal interaction with women who attribute their faith, service and success in life to their years at St. Mary’s," said Coralynn Arrigotti, class of 1983 alumna and the school’s director of alumnae leadership giving and involvement. "The alumnae embrace the opportunity to see how St. Mary’s has evolved with the needs of today’s young women while staying true to its roots in Gospel values.”
In addition to alumnae, Founders’ Day honors the 12 Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary who founded St. Mary’s Academy in 1859, as well as Blessed Mother Marie-Rose Durocher, who founded the religious order in 1843.
“St. Mary’s has changed and grown dramatically since my graduation, but it’s always been constant in providing an excellent education, which identifies St. Mary’s girls," says Holy Names Sister Magdalen Basick, a 1933 graduate.