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April 2019



Have you made your reservations for the Benefit Auction & Gala? There's still time to make your reservation and join us on Saturday, April 6!


Come support Holy Cross and celebrate Kathleen Burgess Clark '82, recipient of the Sister Grace Shonk Tribute Award


Say hello to Adrianna David '12, Miss Maryland 2018 and Miss Maryland USA 2017.


This year we are raising funds to improve sound systems in the gym and dance studio, replace laptops with Macs in the Media Center, purchase a new video screen in the auditorium and more! 


If you can't be with us, consider purchasing 50/50 Raffle Tickets or making a donation!


We hope to see you!

Alumnae Memorial Mass


On Sunday, March 10, The Academy of the Holy Cross hosted the annual Alumnae Memorial Mass for those alumnae, former faculty/staff and alumnae family members who have passed away over the past year.  Close to 100 alumnae family members and friends attended. During the Mass, the names of our deceased alumnae were read, and a rose was presented at the altar by a friend, classmate or family member for each alumna. A reception followed the Mass.


2019 Career Day


On Friday, March 22, Holy Cross held its annual Career Day program, welcoming 16 alumnae back to campus to discuss their background and choices that led them down their career paths. The program is organized by the Holy Cross Counseling and Alumnae offices. Dominica Groom Williams '00 gave the keynote address to the school. Dominica is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Freddie Mac, where she leads the company's efforts to recruit and retain a diverse employee base and to provide equal opportunity in their contracting practices. She has been recognized for her work and volunteerism by numerous organizations, and is a 2016 Holy Cross Distinguished Alumna. In her address, Dominica shared about the influence Holy Cross had on her career path and offered words of advice to the girls about how their solid educational foundation will ultimately serve them well in their future. Following the assembly, the freshman and sophomore classes attended a panel discussion and juniors and seniors attended pre-chosen breakout sessions with alumnae from a variety of different career fields.


Read entire article here.

Distinguished Alumnae Awards and

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction


Friday, May 3, 2019 • 7:00 pm

Holy Cross Campus


2019 Distinguished Alumnae


Elizabeth Mahan Doyle '40 (posthumous)


Monica Creamer Bradford '75


Sister Sharon Mihm, C.S.C., '63


Kimberly Peeler-Allen '94

Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees


2003 Field Hockey Team

Inaugural WCAC Champions


Lenore Reilly Martinez '76

Coach of the Year


Debrah Brown

Most Valuable Tartan

Please join us to honor these outstanding women! Contact Kathleen Warner Bula '79 at (301) 929-6463 or

What Is the Holy Cross "Alumnae Experience"?


As an alumna of the Academy, you have a special connection with Holy Cross and as a result, you are especially suited to provide solutions to the school's many challenges. You offer support to and ensure opportunities for current and future students, some of whom may be your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, cousins or special friends. You support the school and each other. You honor and represent Holy Cross' past, reflect its present, and provide a link to its future.


Reconnect. What is everyone up to and what is Holy Cross doing now?

Give back. Because the Holy Cross continuing story is all about its alumnae, and because so much of your own story involves Holy Cross.

Expand. The Academy can always benefit from your skills, experiences and help as an honored alumna.


We cannot do it without you!


Make your pledge or gift to support Holy Cross before Friday, May 31! (All gifts/pledge payments are due by Friday, May 31 in order for your contribution to be included in the school's current fiscal year.)


Campus News

International Day Assembly


The World Languages department organized and presented the annual International Day Assembly on Monday, March 18. Dozens of students participated in the performance which opened with a fashion show of traditional dress from numerous cultures around the world and featured student-created presentations, songs, skits and dances. 

Students Present at HSPA Symposium


The High School Principals Association hosts an annual Academic Symposium which includes panel presentations for the Catholic high school principals led by students from the schools. Holy Cross participated in this year's symposium held on Tuesday, March 12 at The Catholic University of America, with three students (Belane Ayelework '19, Marin Larkin '19,  and Olivia Young '19) giving presentations.


(L-R) Marin Larkin '19, Belane Ayelework '19, Olivia Young '19

Lenten Food Drive Culminates in 3rd Annual Empty Bowls


The Holy Cross Lenten Food Drive took place the week of March 18–22. This year the Campus Ministry and Social Justice offices coordinated activities which included a bake sale, a "tag Day" and a Can-Struction Contest between classes and the faculty/staff. The week culminated in the third annual Empty Bowls simple supper on Thursday, March 21. Each activity collected donations of canned food items. With all of the events combined, over 2,100 canned food items were collected for donation to the John S. Mulholland Family Foundation, which serves established food pantries in Washington, DC.

The Empty Bowls simple supper featured a variety of soups, breads and desserts provided by the Holy Cross Mothers Club. The Art Department organized a gallery of student-created artwork in the school lobby for all to enjoy. Following the meal, guests were treated to a coffee house, organized by the Performing Arts Department, featuring spoken word and music performances by students, alumnae, faculty/staff and friends. During the coffee house, the Class of 2020 team and the inaugural Can-Struction Contest winners were presented the "Golden Can Opener."

Class Notes


Time for Class Notes! Have you moved? Gotten married? Added a new family member? Landed a new job? Connected with classmates and just happen to have some photos to share? Everyone likes Class Notes—share your news and your photos!

Reunion News


The Class of 1959 is planning their 60th Reunion. The Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 12, at the National Press Club in D.C. Please contact Jean Gleason White (703) 858-5608) or Carol Amante ( or (410) 266-8454) for information.

The Class of 1969 is planning their 50th Reunion. A reunion reception (hors d'oeuvres, dinner and cash bar) will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019, 5:00 pm (sharp!) at La Ferme Restaurant, 7101 Brookville Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815  (*Alumnae only*, please). For more information or questions, please contact Nancy Noonan at The next morning, Monday, June 3, The Academy of the Holy Cross will host a brunch reception from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon in the school's Theatre Lobby (Entrance #5) followed by a comfortable bus ride to and from the Class of 2019's Graduation Ceremony at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. For more information or questions regarding the brunch and/or the graduation procession, please contact Kathleen Bula at or (301) 929-6463.

The Class of 1979 is planning their 40th Reunion. Contact Kathleen Warner Bula at ( or (301) 929-6463). We'd like to get a planning committee together as soon as possible.

The Class of 1989 is planning their 30th Reunion. Contact Meighan Loudermilk Papalia ( or (240) 938-6574) for information.

The Class of 1999 is also forming a planning committee for their 20th Reunion. Please contact DeAnna Hall Jefferson ( or (202) 904-7068) or Kaitlin Schaeffer Yardley ( or (925) 878-5476) with questions or if you'd like to be a part of their planning committee.

The Class of 2009 is also forming a planning committee for their 10th Reunion. Please contact Juliana Gilbride ( or (202) 905-5114) or Cori Sabate Russell ( or (301) 674-9472) with questions or if you'd like to be a part of their planning committee.

We're looking to add more reunions—this is the reunion year for all years ending in –4 or –9.

Living the Fourth

Living the Fourth

A Young Adult/Kairos Alumni Retreat

July 5-7, 2019


Are you Living the Fourth?

Is it time to refresh, recommit, reconnect?


Renew your enthusiasm and your relationship with God.  Living the Fourth is a young adult retreat for men and women ages 18-30 who have experienced a Kairos retreat while in high school or college. The weekend will be a powerful and prayerful reminder of our life's journey of faith.

Fee: $195


Additional information and registration available at:

Loyola on the Potomac —A Jesuit Retreat House

P.O. Box 9, 9270 Loyola Retreat Rd., Faulkner, MD  20632-0009

(301) 392-0800




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