|Convent of the Sacred Heart ~ St. Joseph, MO|
Recently a donation along with a note was received at the AASH office in St. Louis from a 1939 alumna of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in St. Joseph Missouri affectionately called "Hilltop" due to its location. The school which open its doors on June 12, 1853 was closed in 1960. All the religious once buried on the property were moved to Mount Olivet Cemetery and the building was razed to make way for an apartment complex. However, the memories have obviously not faded nor the federation, spirit and service of its alumnae.
The note read as follows:
"Dear Ones, How is everybody doing in AASH? This year I was 90 years old and still coordinating the food pantry - been there for 28 1/2 years. Many hungry people, too many in fact. I just put all my fears in the hand of the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Mother. Rev. Mother Celeste Thompson once said at Hilltop. 'The Blessed Mother is most a Mother when you need her most.' How true. I thank God for my Sacred Heart training at Hilltop. Love to all, Marie Johannes Lederer"
In an upcoming blog I'll write more about Rev. Mother Celeste Thompson. If you have a favorite memory of a special RSCJ, please write a comment below and let me know.