The St. Joseph’s Academy Alumnae Office hosted the sixth annual Legacy Mass and Reception on August 19. Generations of Academy graduates, along with their daughters, granddaughters and nieces who are current students, gathered in the Chapel at SJA for the Eucharistic celebration.
SJA President Jan Rhorer Breen welcomed the families whose legacies are woven throughout the Academy’s history. She recognized one family in attendance whose members have been a part of SJA for four generations. Theresa Gros Landry, class of 1965, has two granddaughters at SJA, Kelsi Landry ’19 and Lindsey Landry ’22. Theresa’s daughter, Toni Landry Ransome, graduated in 1997. Theresa’s sister, Marie Favrot, graduated in 1967. Her daughter, Jill Hurst Mabile, graduated in 1991, and Marie’s granddaughter, Madison Mabile, is a member of the class of 2021. Another of Marie’s daughters, Kim Hurst Martinez, graduated in 1988. Theresa and Marie’s mother, Anelia Rabalais Gros, was an alumna from the class of 1940; and her sister, Katherine Rabalais, graduated in 1942. Katherine later joined the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and given the name Sister Maria.
Father Joel LaBauve was the celebrant for the Legacy Mass.
Bella Perrault ’22 read from the first Book of Kings, and Wanda Aizpurua Perrault ’87 read from St. Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. Wanda Deimel Aizpurua ’61 (SJA New Orleans) led the prayers of the faithful.
Emma Durnin ’20 and Hallie Legendre ’19 served as cantors. Rhonda Weyhrich was the pianist.
Following mass, those in attendance heard from Suzie Toups Adler ’85, president of the SJA board of directors. She talked about the many events planned for the year-long celebration of the Academy’s 150th anniversary, of which she is the chair. The multi-generational families posed for group photographs, then gathered in the Commons of Mother Alice Hall for a reception catered by SAGE Dining Services.
Helping make the event a success were Alumnae Association board members Mary Dardenne Michel ’67, Jamie Purpera ’95, Grace Guntner Anderson ’69 and Lurline Hamilton ’64.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine and Erin Albarado