Alumnae News

June 1, 2020

Dear Holy Cross Families,

The ultimate measure of a [person] is not where [they] stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where [they] stand at times of challenge and controversy.

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a Catholic school committed to forming an inclusive community who believes that courageous, compassionate, and scholarly women can change the world, we are deeply saddened with the deadly violence inflicted upon George Floyd while in police custody as he begged, "I can't breathe."

Our mission statement boldly states that we are dedicated to educating women in a Christ-centered community which values diversity. It further declares that we are committed to developing women who responsibly embrace the social, spiritual and intellectual challenges of the world. Today's challenges are complex. These tragic events remind us that we still have much work to do to create an inclusive community and address the challenge of undoing the structural and sustained racism that exists today.

Our school serves as a gathering place for much more than education. It must serve as a place where we learn to appreciate and understand our differences and build a community that is safe and supportive for all. We recommit to helping our students learn about our country's long and continuing struggle to live our ideals of liberty and justice for all.

 As a Catholic community of faith, we reaffirm our conviction that racism has no place – anywhere. We need to acknowledge the sadness and pain of our families of color. Let us pray for comfort for the grieving families and friends of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, for peace for a hurting community and to know our work is not done until justice prevails.


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Kathleen R. Prebble
President and CEO

Jesus Christ is our model in all things.  –Blessed Basil Moreau

The annual Alumnae Memorial Mass took place on Sunday, March 8 with over 100 alumnae and family members attending to remember 29 alumnae and 43 family members of alumnae who have died in the past year. During the Mass, Celebrant Msgr. John Enzler spoke in his homily about Jesus’ change in the transfiguration and resurrection, and the opportunity for change we are all called to during Lent. Following the Prayers of the Faithful the names of the deceased alumnae were read as classmates and family members brought forward white roses in their memory. Family members names were also read following the Communion Meditation. Guests were welcomed to a reception following the Mass.

Our Black History Month assembly, coordinated by the Holy Cross Onyx Club, took place on Friday, February 7. The theme for this year's assembly, "Honoring Black Women Authors and Playwrights," highlighted the numerous contributions of influential Black women in the written word. The assembly included a recitation of Maya Angelou's poem "Equality" by Lexington Hart '21, an interpretive dance choreographed and performed by Faith Kelly '21, to Maya Angelou's poem "I Rise," and an a capella performance by Katiushka Howell '22 of "A Change is Gonna Come."  

Rhonda Richardson Deskins '03 gave the keynote presentation for the assembly. Rhonda co-founded "Write the Film" production company and has written and directed a web series and two short films. She also earned a Quarter Finalist mention in the Screencraft Horror Screenplay contest. Rhonda is also the Workforce Development Specialist for the DC Department of Employment Services. In her presentation, Rhonda spoke about her life as a marathon. She used the metaphor to describe her friends as her "cheerleaders" in the race; her career "checkpoints," "water breaks," and "second wind" along the way, and the other women she admires as "past winners" in the marathon journey of life. Two fellow alumnae, classmates of Rhonda and former Onyx members, Ursula Anamelechi '03 and Gina Ford '03, attended the assembly as well.

Back Row (L-R) Ursula Anamelechi '03, Faith Kelly '21, Izehinosen Okojie '20, Mackenzie Blount-Rich '20, Gina Ford '03;  Front Row (L-R) Principal John Sullivan, Rhonda Richardson Deskins '03, Katiushka Howell '22, Lexington Hart '21, Alexis Abdullah '20, Tsion Seife '20, Onyx Moderator Debbie Brown, President Katy Prebble


For the second time this season, Anna-Sophia Capizzi ’16, Haverford senior guard has been named the Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for January 21-24. Anna-Sophia earns the latest award after a dominant outing against Swarthmore setting a new career-best with 29 points in the contest.

Capizzi currently leads the conference in points per game (18.7), and is sixth in field goal percentage (47.7) and three-point percentage (38.5). Her 37 made three pointers is also tops in the Centennial Conference. 

The biology major previously took home the award on November 26, after keying a 2-0 week for the Fords with two impressive 20+ point performances against Ursinus and Eastern. Anna-Sophia was an All-Centennial Conference selection in 2018-19 after Haverford captured the Centennial Conference championship, earning a second consecutive NCAA tournament bid. 

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