Classmates visit the Mount

From left, Father Joe Mills, Father Aloysius Powers, Sister Pauletta McCarty and Henry Luckett gather after having lunch at the Mount on Jan. 4. Sister Pauletta and Father Powers are cousins.

Three of the five members of the 1935 graduating class of St. Elizabeth Grade School in nearby Curdsville stopped by the Mount for lunch on Jan. 4 to celebrate Father Aloysius Powers’ 91st birthday.

Father Powers, Sister Pauletta McCarty and Henry Luckett joined Father Joe Mills, Sister Elaine Burke and Sister George Mary Hagan for lunch. Luckett was the only lay person among the group, but his history with the Mount goes back a long way.

“My mother, Ora Maria Pike, graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in 1897,” Luckett said. “She returned and graduated from the (junior) college in 1937. Mom was very active in the alumnae association. We lived a mile and a half down the road, so I’ve always felt at home coming to the Mount.”

Florence McCarty and the late Raymond Thompson were the other two members of the St. Elizabeth class. Luckett said he and Father Powers have remained lifelong friends. His birthday is later this month, but he’s glad to say Father Powers is still a year older. “I’ll be 90,” Luckett said.