St. Joseph’s Academy gathered as a school community on August 15 to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Father Bob Stine was the presider.
Senior Kate Stanford welcomed the large gathering. “On this day, we honor Mary’s assumption into heaven, both body and soul, as a reward for her ‘yes’ to God and to God’s plans for her life,” she said.
Junior Isabelle Brown read from the Book of Revelation. Senior Danielle Jones read from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians. Juniors Faith Woods and Emma Britton offered the prayers of the faithful.
Aimee Cronan directed the Liturgy Choir. Senior Kate Stanford was the cantor. Featured vocalists were juniors Anna Leyrer and Emma Durnin. Musical accompanists were Martha O’Hara, piano; Stephen Barrios, percussion; and Hugo Andricain, guitar.
Following mass, SJA’s new campus minister, Alise Alexander, spoke about her call to service that developed during her time at SJA and evolved during her college days. Alexander is a 2012 graduate of SJA. “I just had to come back to SJA,” she said. “My journey of learning to love and serve others and, through that experience, drawing closer to God and drawing others closer to God is really what SJA is about. I still have so much to learn and so much room to grow in this walk of faith, but I am so excited to be back home at SJA walking it with all of you.”
Principal Stacia Andricain said that as part of the Academy’s continued commitment to spreading the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph, several students traveled this summer to Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the Community Builders for Peace conference. The annual trip brings together students from CSJ schools to create service projects they take back to their schools. Seniors Danielle Jones and Mary Cloutier and juniors Emily Reynaud and Kendall Willard described their projects for the year, including a recycling initiative and self-esteem building.
Andricain said that SJA came together last year to support now-sophomore Kennan Mashon as she was treated for leukemia at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Andricain introduced sophomore Katherine Scully, who is also a St. Jude patient. She talked about her diagnosis, her experiences at St. Jude and the resources the hospital provides to patients and their families.
Andricain invited the SJA community to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer on September 15. “I want us to make a great showing and to be one SJA team coming together for our sisters, for our community, for our fellow man and for the dear neighbor,” she said. “… Let’s be a team and show Kennon and Katherine our support.”
Senior Maggie Blouin led the singing of the alma mater.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine