Last week, our Graduating Class of 2008 celebrated Baccalaureate Mass at St. Walburga Monastery. It was an evening to be remembered and one of the most beautiful ceremonies celebrated by our dear friends, Father ST Sutton and Father James Worth. Sister Sharon McHugh, Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters, awarded the St. Scholastica Award to Jessica Martinho for her outstanding dedication and leadership to the school community. Sister Donna Jo Repetti, OSF Spoke the Names of each of our graduates and their families, while both tears of joy and tears of sadness filled the Chapel. Our Gospel Choir Director, Jasmine Durr, ended the celebration by leading classmates, family, and friends in the
Alma Mater: Hail Benedictine, Hail to thee! O let our voices raise A song of love and loyalty, Forever in thy praise.
The Blue Angels heard the local food shelters were in need of hot cooked meals to feed the hundreds of homeless. Listening with the ears of their hearts, they prayed and gathered their pots, pans, macaroni, chili, beef, and beans to make eight pans of baked macaroni and chili. It was a rewarding experience to once again serve the poor. Even though Benedictine Academy is a College-Preparatory School, Service Leadership remains a strong community value.
Sophomore Students were listening to the cry of the needy and responded promptly. A few weeks ago, we heard of the devastating Hurricane and Earthquake in Asia. Our students were determined that they could make a difference. They organized themselves into groups and began their plan of action - Powerpoint presentation to educate the school community; Raffle a basket of goodies; Hold a Bake Sale; and Make Posters to increase awareness. Their efforts were a huge success.
All money raised was sent to Free the Children, an organization who is the world's largest network of children helping children through education. The organization has received the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (also known as the Children's Nobel Prize). Benedictine Academy participates in the O Ambassador Program which is a joint project sponsored by Oprah Angel Network and Free the Children.