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Monday, February 4, 2013

AASH - Esprit de Coeur Winter 2013 Call to Conference Issue

Esprit de Coeur Magazine - PDF copy

More about the cover of the Winter 2013 / Call to Conference issue below.

PRESIDENTS of alumnae chapters of Sacred Heart colleges and academies,
attending meetings  of the Associated Alumnae of the Sacred Heart in 1933.
Pictured above from left to right: Back Row - Miss Elizabeth Herberman, New York City; Mrs. Austin King, Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Vincent Carroll, Philadelphia, PA., Miss Elvira Mejia of San Francisco. 
Second row - Mrs. E. P. Hammond, Grosse Pointe, MI.; Mrs. George Reardon, Kenwood, Albany, N.Y.; Mrs. John B. Bremner, Chicago and Lake Forest, IL.; Mrs. Geoffrey Kimball, City House, St. Louis. 
Third Row - Mrs. Frank L. Markey, Manhattanville, N.Y.; Miss Alice Maginis, Boston, Mass.;  Mrs. Walter Keenan, The Rosary, New Orleans, LA.; Miss Margaret La Farge, Norotan, CN.; Mrs. C. S. Tuttle, Sacred Heart St. Charles, MO.
Front Row -  Miss Anita Mulgrew, New York City; Miss Marjorie Gauen, Villa Duchesne, St. Louis; Mrs. George S. McLaughlin, Providence, R.I.; Mrs. L.F. Crofoot, Omaha; Mrs. Walter Ibold, Clifton College, Cincinnati.

Dear Alums…

This issue of Esprit de Coeur has details of the upcoming 39th Biennial Call to Conference being hosted in Omaha April 10-14.  Suzy Kratochvil, Conference Chair and her committee, as well as the alumnae and current students, faculty, staff and administrators of Duchesne Academy are eager to welcome you to their beautiful school.  Duchesne has just completed a state of the art five-story addition connected to the original building built in 1881. And, since we are celebrating our 80th year anniversary, it is most fitting that this issue is filled with many stories of Duchesne alumnae  - past and present – to help bring our history alive, as we Celebrate our Legacy in the Heartland.  And speaking of Legacy, read about the heartwarming generosity of Shelagh Mary O’Dwyer, Point Grey ’38 on page 13.

About the cover, it was in 1933 the Very Reverend Mother Manuela Vicente, Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart when solicited for a little word about the first reunion, sent the motto “Pietas, Caritas, Magnanimitas”.   And during the initial meeting, the Very Reverend Robert S. Johnston, S.J., President of St. Louis University gave the opening address. In part he stated; “When we inspect the programme to learn the subjects of the “Papers” for this convention, we find that the titles are “Federation,” “Spirit,” “Service.” The mere choice of subjects so appropriate and so vital seems in itself a guarantee of the success of the Convention.  And their initial letters, F S S, offer at least a passing suggestion of a holy phrase, - “F.SS.,” “Filiae Sacratissimi,” “Daughters of the Most Sacred.” 

After the first meeting was hosted, AASH president Sara Chambers Polk wrote to Mother Mary Reid stating, “We think it is of vital importance for the success of our undertaking that each individual member be made to realize that she is an integral part of the Association, a link in the chain, and we can only be strong as our links are strong.”

We count on your financial support to help us stay financially strong and continue to improve the services we offer as an association so that we will flourish for the next 80 years.   I’d like to suggest that in honor of this momentous and special anniversary year, please consider a gift to AASH either in honor or memory of a loved one –someone you wish to recognize and show your appreciation  and gratitude - perhaps a parent, a friend, a sibling, RSCJ, mentor. Remember to check out our website for the list of corporations with Matching Gift Programs. Your dollars may be doubled or tripled, so check it out.

A very special note of gratitude to the following:
·       Beth Lowry Speck, AASH Past President and Nominating Chair along with her committee for putting together a very talented slate of nominees for the next biennium. 
·       Patricia Kolojeski, Cor Unum Chair and her committee for the stellar selection of award recipients. 
·       To the Estate and Friends of Shelagh Mary O’Dwyer, who made a Legacy Gift of $95,000.
·      And last, but not least, to the many alums who, at the end of the year, so generously responded to our annual appeal.

In this issue you will note that a very special award was created this year - the Janet Erskine Stuart Spirit Award recognizes individuals who through their work continue to strengthen the spiritual and educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart.  A reminder that the Society of the Sacred Heart will host their 5th Spirituality Forum, Janet Erskine Stuart: Spirituality and Education for the 21st Century, will be held July 10-14, 2013 at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, CA.  Details and a link to register can be found on the AASH website.

I look forward to seeing you in Omaha!

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