BA CENTENNIAL YOUTUBE VIDEO (click tab/link on left)
Our CENTENNIAL VIDEO will give viewers a glimpse of the Academy’s alumnae and their accomplishments, as well as current students, administrators and how the school’s mission today has not evolved too far from what it has always been. The video, entitled “Benedictine’s Bright Future – Building on 100 Years of Tradition and Innovation” also conveys the excitement we at the Academy feel as we celebrate our first 100 years and embark on our second century of excellent education and preparation of 21st century women leaders.
CENTENNIAL GALA, LODGING AND AD JOURNAL INFORMATION
Invitations for BA’s Centennial Gala and Silent Auction event to be held Friday, April 24, 2015 have been mailed. If you have not received yours, please contact Megan Rodriguez in the Academy’s Development Office at 908-352-0670 ext. 106. Scans of the invitation and RSVP cards also are posted here on the website, so you can print them out, complete them and send to the Development Office ASAP with your payment.
There also remains a limited amount of time to place your order for an ad in the Centennial commemorative program/ad journal which will be distributed at the Gala. The deadline for ad orders has been extended to April 6. If you wish to place an ad, please send your camera-ready materials to Rosemary Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org; call her at 908-352-0670 ext. 105 with any questions.
Blocks of rooms have been reserved at two area hotels for out-of-towners needing lodging during the weekend of the Gala. Your lodging options are:
The Grand Summit Hotel – 570 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 – is offering special rates of $139/$149 per night plus applicable sales and occupancy taxes for a standard room on the dates of April 23, 24 and 25, 2015. Call the Reservations Department at 908-273-3000 ext. 189, and be sure to mention “Benedictine Academy Centennial Gala” to receive the special rate. Rates include a full American breakfast.
The Holiday Inn at Clark - 36 Valley Rd., Clark, NJ 07066 – is offering a special rate of $124 per night plus applicable sales and occupancy taxes for a king or two double beds room on the date of April 24, 2015. Call the Reservations Department at 732-574-0100 (or Kristen Labelle at 732-587-1051) and be sure to mention “BA Centennial Celebration” to receive the special rate.
The Benedictine Academy Centennial Lecture Series presents Sister Simone Campbell, of “The Nuns on the Bus,” on Sunday, March 8 in the Kean University STEM Building Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. Sister Simone, a pre-eminent Catholic speaker and social justice advocate, travels the U.S., stopping at agencies that serve the poor and disenfranchised. She has seen in too many people the poverty of self that accompanies the poverty of goods. Come meet this extraordinary sister and take your imaginary seat with her as she tells of her journeys. Admission:$10 for Students, Priests and Religious Community Members; $25 all other Adults. Call Benedictine Academy at 908-352-0670 x 106 for more info. See attached PDF document for more information.
BENEDICTINE ACADEMY CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF EDUCATING YOUNG WOMEN LEADERS
Benedictine Academy, the all-female Catholic college prep high school located in Elizabeth, is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary in 2014-15. A Centennial Committee comprised of alumnae and administrators of the Academy has been planning a grand celebration for the school’s graduates, current students and families, and the local community.
A number of special events are taking place during the 2014-15 academic year to commemorate the milestone, including:
- Benedictine Academy 9th Annual Golf Outing- Maplewood Country Club, Monday, September 15, 2014, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- An Opening Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop Manuel Cruz, D.D. of the Archdiocese of Newark, in Holy Spirit Church in Union on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. A reception in the Holy Spirit Parish Hall will immediately follow the liturgy;
- A Centennial series featuring
- Author and America Editor-at-Large, Rev. James Martin, S.J., speaking on his new book, "Jesus: A Pilgrimage", plus a book signing, at Kean University's STEM Building in Union, September 24, 2014 at 7pm.;
- Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK and the force behind the Nuns on the Bus tours around the US in support of social justice issues- at Kean University's STEM Building in Union, Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2pm;
-Night of Artistic Expression with Wincey Terry-Bryant at Benedictine Academy. Terry-Bryant, an alumna of the school, is a recording and teaching artist who will host the evening for the Academy’s artistically talented students, staff, alumnae and friends, Friday, February 20, 2015, 7 pm.
- Grand Finale Gala Dinner and Auction- Galloping Hill Golf Course in Union, Friday, April 24, 2015, 6 p.m. Benedictine Academy alumna Wincey Terry-Bryant will provide the musical entertainment for this event, which will honor Benedictine Academy President Emeritus
Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB and the Benedictine Sisters.
- Back to School for the 2nd Century at the Academy- Alumnae, school families and friends are invited to return to the Academy and tour the school and enjoy each other’s company along with refreshments. Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Invitations to the various events will be mailed. The public will be invited.
Benedictine Academy Centennial Committee members plan a grand celebration:
Standing, l-r- Peg Harrington MacNeill; Carlene Leonhard Dunne; Angela Cherchia Holt; Megan Rodriguez from the Academy’s Office of Develoment; Barbara Arminio LaMort; Kathleen French; Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB, Academy President; Jane Korn Feitkiewicz.
Seated, l-r: Gemma Pellegrino Lyons and Sueanne Dolan Korn, Committee co-chairs; Maria Pellegrino Biko; Mary Lou Heck Farmer; Mary Jane Walsh; Mary Doran; and Peggy Davidoski Schott.
“We are thrilled that we can celebrate 100 years of serving the community and helping young women advance in so many ways, and at the same time observe this momentous occasion in our history,” Academy President Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB, who is an alumna of 1954, pointed out . “Our mission is to provide college-preparatory education to young women of various ethnic, socio-economic and religious backgrounds, Sr. Germaine continued.” “We offer our students the opportunity to enrich their own lives and the lives of others as ethical and responsible citizens who learn Christian values, achieve academic excellence, and become dedicated leaders, all in the Benedictine tradition,” she noted. “That is why we believe our school has been the place of choice for so many families for so many years,” she added.
Current students and their families, faculty, staff, alumnae and the community can all take pride in Benedictine Academy’s successes, when the school kicks off its 100th Anniversary celebration in September 2014. Those successes are the fruition of years of commitment by the Benedictine Sisters together with the school’s lay faculty and staff who have brought their own tremendous dedication to excellence and quality education. College attendance was notable for many Benedictine Academy graduates in the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, at a time when many women were not encouraged to take advantage of higher educational opportunities. Many have gone on to practice medicine and law, to become scientists and educators, or corporate executives and elected officials. Today’s Benedictine graduates are even more focused on college to make the most of their gifts and talents. One hundred percent of the Academy’s graduates who apply to college are accepted.
Families representing many faiths choose to send their daughters to the multi-cultural, college prep, Catholic school. Located in Elizabeth near the Hillside border, Benedictine Academy attracts students from Union, Essex and Middlesex Counties. The student body reflects many ethnic cultures including Caucasian, Portuguese, Filipino, African-American, African, Hispanic, Asian, Muslim and Indian. “We all work together, respect and appreciate each other’s diversity, and strive to create and encourage relationships that give our young women a sense of belonging,” Sister Germaine stressed.
The Benedictine Academy alumnae and staff Centennial Committee members who have been planning the celebration are: Co-Chairs, Sueanne Dolan Korn ’64 and Gemma Pellegrino Lyons ’68; along with ; Rosemary Anderson, Benedictine Academy Director of Development; Maria Pellegrino Biko ’66; Analisa Branco ‘00; Emilie Burke ‘11; Sister Ursula Butler, OSB ’60; Rosemary Lalevée Carroll ’63; Janet Dolan Dmohowski ’71; Mary Doran ’63; Sister Martin Elizabeth Duffy, OSB; Carlene Leonhard Dunne ’58; Linda Cuccurolle Farrell ’69; Mary Lou Heck Farmer ‘60; Jane Korn Fietkiewicz ’73; Marguerite Ard Fitzgerald ’68; Susan Gerrity Fox ’67; Kathleen French ’69; Sister Germaine Fritz, OSB, President of Benedictine Academy; Maureen Morris Hudak ’63; Nancy Nadler Jackson ’58; Angela Cherchia Holt ’62; Jon Holt; Kathleen Doran Lally ’58; Barbara Arminio LaMort ’67; Peg Harrington MacNeill ’62; Dorothea Klebacher Magyar ’63; Peggy Mahoney McKee ’71; Maureen Reilly Marston ’64; Clayre Bialy McCann ’67; Eileen O’Brien Mulroy ’72; Kathleen Dunn Priestly ’70; Cynthia Korn Regan ’67; Luisa D. Rodrigues, Business administrator at Benedictine Academy; Nancy Korn Russo ’65; Eileen Ryan ’62; Ellen Olsen Schiesl ’60; Peggy Davidoski Schott ’75; Diane Arminio Schmitt ’68; Mary Jane Walsh ’58; and Jacalyn Bopf Yudd ’68.