By Margaret Egan, SC
Cathedral High School’s gracious request to honor the Sisters of Charity in celebration of their 200th Anniversary of Arrival in New York City culminated in a memorable celebratory event on Friday, September 22, 2017. Sisters who had attended or taught in Cathedral were invited to a Mass and luncheon at the school.
In response to the invitation, about twenty-five Sisters were guests as recipients of a memorable day that included welcome entertainment from the school band, a Mass of thanksgiving celebrated by Msgr. Douglas Mathers in the school’s Elizabeth Seton Chapel, and a most delicious lunch. Words of welcome and congratulations from Principal Maria Spagnuolo were supplemented with a plaque presentation from the school honoring the Sisters of Charity. Its inscription included text which in part reads, “We are grateful for your commitment to education, community services, and for your continuing outreach to the poor and oppressed.”
The Sisters’ spirited rendition of the school song provided greater festivity to the occasion. As noted by the school’s campus minister, Cynthia Garcia, “The students are anxious to sing the song at their next pep rally.” The day concluded with a group picture of Sisters and students taken at the request of the students.