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Monday, January 31, 2011

Associated Alunni of the Sacred Heart

This picture is of Sugar Creek, Kansas, where the Potawatomi Indian mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart was from 1841-1848 when we had to go further west.

Sunday we had a wonderful 49th Anniversary Celebration at our school, Carrollton, in Miami. The celebration started on Friday night with a great party and silent auction; Saturday was for the alums and Sunday was for everyone! We began by Mass outside on a gorgeous day. After Mass, the Carnival opened with many booths, rides, and even a little, comfortable hospitality booth run by the alums. Now, I have added the link on the right of my blog to the Associated Alumni of the Sacred Heart and suggest that you look at this website and use the link to the AASH conference that will be held here in Miami so you can see what a wonderful experience it will be for any alum who is able to come. Early registration is less expensive and it ends on February 16th! If there is a possibility that you can come to the AASH this year in Miami, please go to the website and register now. I know you will love it and the alums here are working hard to make this the best AASH Gathering imaginable!
I am rather excited about it myself since my sister and her husband are coming from Arizona and a dear friend from Los Angeles and about 45 Religious of the Sacred Heart are planning to come this year thanks to the great generosity of the Miami alumnae. Come and join us and maybe sign up for my seminar on "The Adventures of Mother Lucile Mathevon, An Early Companion of St. Philippine Duchesne."
Lucile was a great pioneer woman who came to America in 1821 with the same desire to go to the Indians that Mother Duchesne had. Lucile lived with her holy superior at Florissant and was in charge of the Indian Seminary for Girls when it opened there. Unfortunately, the Indians moved further west and took their children with them. Philippine left Lucile in charge at Florissant while she made the foundation in St. Louis in 1827; the next year, Lucile was named superior at St. Charles and reopened the school there; she built the convent that is still standing with additions on all sides. Then, in 1841, she went to the Potawatomi Indians as superior of the mission; Philippine's dream was fulfilled when she was allowed to be part of the little group that settled at Sugar Creek, in what is now Kansas. The adventures of Lucile are many and varied and it is inspiring to me to see how she followed in Philippine's footsteps.

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