On Friday, October 14, the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth Minnesota, attended the inauguration of Colette McCarrick Geary, Ph.D. as the 12thpresident of The College of St. Scholastica. The inaugural Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Paul Sirba, Bishop of the Duluth Diocese; the Right Reverend John Klassen, OSB, Abbot of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville; and priests of the Duluth Diocese.
Sister Mary Josephine Torborg read the first Scripture reading at the Eucharist.
Many Sisters came to witness the Inauguration.
Sister Kathleen Del Monte, Associate Vice President of Mission Integration, offered the Invocation.
Sr. Beverly Raway, Prioress, greeted Dr. Geary on behalf of the Sisters.
Here is Doctor Colette McGarrick Geary, 12th president of The College of St. Scholastica
On May 7, 2015 the former St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas was re-named the Sister Annie Thompson Preschool. Sister Annie, who is pictured above 2nd from left, has been a member of Saint Martin Monastery, Nassau, since 1962. The ceremony was held amidst dignitaries, family, friends and well-wishers who came to the campus to view the state-of-the-art preschool.
Prime Minister Perry Christie officially renamed the school in recognition of all that Sister Annie has done for education in the Bahamas over many years. Sister Annie had served for many years as Principal of St. Bede’s Roman Catholic School beginning in 1970.
The preschool was established in 2013 and has been extensively renovated by the Bahamian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in order to insure that it will provide the best education possible for the young students who will receive there an early foundation for academic learning. The Minister of Education, Jerome Fitzgerald, called it ‘The most modern and beautiful preschool in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.”
Prime Minister Christie spoke highly of Sister Annie, calling her a “woman of exceptional character” and thanking her for her contributions to the country through many disciplines. “You have used your life to the development of the human spirit and whether through music, sports or religion, you have tapped into the hearts and minds of so many of our citizens,” Christie said.
We congratulate Sister Annie and her community for their extensive and continuous contributions to the on-going education of so many students and adults on the islands of the Bahamas!
[quotes and information found in EdWorld Bahamas, May 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 3 and The Bahamas Weekly]