A Letter From the President
“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”
The purpose of this message today is to announce that our Alumnae Reunion for 2020 has been cancelled. We have been holding onto hope that the pandemic raging around and among us would be under control by October and we would be able to gather at MSJ to reminisce, laugh and enjoy one another’s company. Yet, this is not to be. We consulted with Sr. Amelia Stenger, A’6 and MSJ Congregational Leader, and we all concurred that the risks outweigh the benefits. We have no way of knowing where we will be with this pandemic in October, but the current escalating case numbers and deaths provide guidance. With this announcement we also cancel the Memorial Mass celebration for 2020.
Let’s plan to celebrate Alumnae Reunion Weekend in grand style in 2021; the date will be May 15 – 16! We will have 2 sets of Anniversary classes – graduation years ending in 0 and 5, as well as those ending in 1 and 6. Our Memorial Mass celebration will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2021.
Helen Keller provides much wisdom for us. I discovered the quote above as I was reading last night. It seemed appropriate for our current situation and reminded me of a wonderful memory of my MSJ days – the production of The Miracle Worker by the Class of 1970 during their senior year. I was entranced by their performances; the play was spectacular! We know that the Class of 1970 was planning a special 50th Reunion this year with over 20 members already registered to attend when we cancelled our May event. We sure hope the class of 1970 and all other anniversary groups and reunion attendees will make plans to join us on May 15 – 16, 2021. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy. Let’s continue to pray for each other and for the special intentions of all our alumnae, especially those who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. Blessings to all!
Stephanie Warren A’73