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Posted 06/24/2017 03:43PM

Buon Giorno from Italy! A group of 24 students and four faculty chaperones are touring Italy for nine days. They will see sights in Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, and Verona! 

Read about their excursion from blog posts with photos on the Tartans Travel the World page here.

Posted 06/21/2017 07:17PM

For over 20 years, Holy Cross students have travelled to Clintwood, VA to work with Sister Jean Barbara Korkisch, CSC on the St. Joseph Housing Repair Program. Sadly, this program ended in 2016. Emily Anderson, the Academy’s Director of the Holy Cross Social Justice Program, searched to find a new service trip that would allow our girls to build relationships with those being served. As we stand on the brink of our 150th year, Emily realized that returning to our roots in South Bend, IN would provide “a great way to learn our important history as well as why our connection to the Sisters and community matters.” So the Spes Unica service trip was inaugurated. Emily, fellow faculty member Lauren DeZinno, and 11 girls (Katherine Beall ’19, Theresa Brogan ’18, Nicole Dao ’19, Caroline Floam ’18, Emily May ’18, Samantha Miller ’18, Grace O'Connor ’19, Caroline Ryan ’18, Margaret Ryan ’18, Ella Torp ’19, Alexandra Whittington ’18) traveled to the mother house of the Sisters of the Holy Cross at Saint Mary’s from Saturday, June 10-Saturday, June 17.

During their trip, the girls worked with Sisters at the Broadway Christian Parish, serving a breakfast shift and making and distributing lunches during a second shift. They also visited the Sisters who are residents of Trailpoint nursing facility with the novices of the Congregation. Additionally, the girls worked in the “stamp room” at Saint Mary’s with Sisters who raise money for their missions by clipping stamps off letters to be mailed to collectors—this was a big hit with our girls.

The group was hosted by Sister Helene Sharp, CSC, the Director of US Vocations. They stayed in Regina Hall on the Saint Mary’s campus. During their downtime, the girls shared several meals with the Sisters and enjoyed listening to their stories. A special treat for the group was being able to visit with Sister Grace Shonk, CSC. The group attended Mass at the Church of Loretto. They also visited the archives of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and learned about Holy Cross heritage. The girls also visited the University of Notre Dame and toured the Basilica and the Lourdes Grotto there.

Each night the group shared their day’s highs and lows and participated in a reflection written by the girls and ended in prayer. Additionally, on Friday, The Division for Mission hosted the girls for a lunch and then a campus tour. Our students spoke with and met students from St. Mary's College, enjoying a great exchange.

The Academy is part of a larger, global family of Holy Cross. Through the Spes Unica trip, Holy Cross connections past and present have been built.



Posted 06/15/2017 01:05PM

Holy Cross recently welcomed a delegation of Sisters of the Holy Cross who are participating in the International Renewal (Tertian) Program. The visitors included 11 Sisters from Bangladesh, one Sister from India, one from Peru, and four from the United States. The Sisters shared lunch with our staff, heard about our program from President Katy Prebble, met students on campus for summer enrichment classes, and toured the facility. It was a most-enjoyable visit for all!

The International Renewal allows the Sisters to deepen their faith, develop and strengthen friendships, and establish goals for ongoing formation within the Sisters’ community.   


YouTube video of the Sisters singing a song of thanks for the visit.


Posted 06/14/2017 04:14PM

The Class of 1967 recently attended celebrations for their 50th anniversary of graduation from Holy Cross.

On Sunday, June 4, nearly 50 alumnae gathered on campus and enjoyed rekindling friendships and reminiscing about their high school years. One alumna traveled from Australia to attend. The celebration was organized by a small committee of ’67 classmates, who ensured a good time was had by everyone. The Ladies of the Academy remembered favorite teachers and events that impacted their lives. A wonderful slideshow was a highlight of the evening. Several of the women shared about the impact Holy Cross had on their lives. They encouraged one another to look for opportunities to be involved in the school community today–either by mentoring or financial support. A special display remembered the class members who have passed away.

On Monday, June 5, a group of the 50th anniversary alumnae attended a luncheon on the Holy Cross campus and the Commencement ceremony at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The ladies led the procession to begin the ceremony and were given the front row seat in front of the Class of 2017 graduates. 

Posted 06/13/2017 04:04PM

The 119 girls in the Class of 2017 celebrated their graduation from the Academy with Cap and Gown Honor Awards, Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies to mark the occasion.

The Cap and Gown Honor Awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 30. The Class of 2017 were recognized for their academic accomplishments, seniors who are alumnae legacies received Legacy pins, and the girls in the IB Diploma Programme received their IB medals. The Congressman Jamie Raskin Public Service Award was presented to Mary Schech ’17. A representative from the United States Coast Guard Academy presented an appointment scholarship to Grace Tarbrake ’17. A representative from University of North Carolina-Charlotte presented the Levine Scholars Award, a four-year scholarship that includes full tuition, room, board, a grant to implement a service project, and four summer experiences, to Faith Frayman ’17. Valedictorian Julia Urban ’17 and Salutatorian Euthymia “Emmie” Stratakis ’17 received honor medals for their accomplishments. To conclude the program, Senior Class President Mikaela Mooney ’17 gave a final address to the assembly.

On Sunday, June 4, the Holy Cross community gathered at Holy Redeemer church in Kensington, MD, for Baccalaureate Mass. During the Preparation of Gifts, graduates carried mementos from significant activities, academics, clubs, etc. in remembrance of their time at Holy Cross.

On Monday, June 5, the Commencement ceremony took place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Members of the 50th anniversary Class of 1967 walked in the procession.

In Emmie’s salutatory address she reflected on her classmates, “Debating real world and historical problems in religion, and hearing about the Catholic perspective has ingrained in us a set of ethical values we would not have gotten from a different type of environment. Being in an all-girls school has allowed us to develop, knowing that strength and intelligence have nothing to do with gender.” She then offered, “So, take that moral compass and education Holy Cross has given you and the experiences, knowledge, and skills you will also get in the next four years and go disturb the universe for the better.”

In Julia’s valedictory address she suggested that though we are only a tiny component of the universe, each of us matters. “Decades from now, we may not remember each other’s names. We’re not going to remember who was captain for which sport, who had the lead in which play, or who was the president for which club. But I promise, I will remember the way each and every one of you made me feel.” As she remarked on the fact that many people question if they do in fact matter, Julia concluded, “we were born by no choice of our own and into circumstances we couldn’t control.  With so much left to chance, it can be difficult to see meaning. Some of us will find it in God, or the relationships we make, or the work we do.  At the end of the day, finding meaning is up to us.”

Sister M. Veronique (Wiedower), C.S.C., President of the Sisters of the Holy Cross Leadership Team gave the commencement address. In her address, she noted: “Each of you has contributed your thread to the tapestry which is the tartan, the lavender and white crossings which the Academy has embraced as its symbol.  Those threads will always be connected to the people, the memories, the experiences of your time at the Academy. “Once a Holy Cross girl…always a Holy Cross girl.” Those threads will also continue to be spun out, empowering you to weave new patterns and to be connected to new colors that will shape your future.” 

Following the conferring of diplomas, President Kathleen Prebble and Principal Melissa Huey-Burns presented The Sisters of the Holy Cross Award (Faith Frayman ’17), the Spes Unica Award (Lizanne Passaro ’17), the Sister Grace Award (Evangeline McNabb) the St. André Bessette Citizenship Award (Hugh Zhang ’17), and the Cardinal Award (Theresa Rogers). At the conclusion of the ceremony, the graduates met family and friends outside the Basilica in the beautiful spring weather.

The Class of 2017 has earned over $10,200,000 in college scholarships. See additional details about the Class of 2017 here.

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