Villa Maria celebrated those who say “Yes” to God on IHM Founders Day. The morning assembly, planned by the school’s IHM Charism Committee, used a slideshow and performances of music, art, dance and drama to highlight the many ways a person can commit themselves to the work of God. Many students and staff had a hand in planning and performing the program.
Founders Day marked the beginning of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 173 years ago. Faculty member Catherine DePaulo highlighted the Sisters’ continuity, commitment, and charity, saying, “For 173 years, women who heard the call of God to serve Him have said ‘yes’ to a life dedicated to helping others. From the immigrant and refugee to the school child, the impoverished to the sick, our Sisters have continually committed themselves to bringing love to all those in need — wherever they are found.”
Alumna Eileen O’Malley Spangler ’69 presented the VMA Book of Principals. This project, created by a committee of Villa’s Advisory Board, is a biographical history of each of the 26 IHM Sisters who have served as principal of VMA since its founding in 1872. Copies of the book are available. Please email Eileen O’Malley Spangler ’69 at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The day’s program also highlighted some of the unsung heroes at Villa Maria: the facilities and cafeteria staff. The slideshow acknowledged the contributions of these essential people, and cafeteria manager Lynn McGuirk offered the following thought: “Wearing our Villa shirts carries a certain responsibility…When I’m out and about after work and approached, I’m often asked …”Do you teach?’ [I say] ‘Not academically.’ [But] I’m hopeful that the girls are learning responsibility and to be respectful of their cafeteria and know that we are not just the lunch ladies, but we are your Villa Maria lunch ladies.”