Oona (Jackson) Moore '83 went from junior class president to the president of her historic neighborhood association in downtown Jersey City. She was featured in The New York Times for her work with the association, which facilitates constructive discussions and finds solutions on community issues.
On the last day of the school's 50th anniversary year, Carondelet High School unveiled a brand new school logo and redesigned website that reflects both the forward-looking spirit and proud legacy of the school. The new logo incorporates in its design a variety of symbolic elements derived from the school's 50-year legacy, including a "C" for Carondelet drawn from the school's crest, as well as an embedded "CSJ," which is the acronym for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the religious order that founded the school.
We had the most wonderful celebration here on campus May 5-6 as we hosted events marking the close of Carondelet High School's 50th jubilee year.
Thursday, in particular, was one of the most moving and magical celebrations I have ever been blessed to be a part of. Nearly 40 CSJs from the Bay Area as well as from Los Angeles and around the state joined us on campus to celebrate mass together, to reflect on the amazing milestones of the school, and to pay tribute to the sisters and lay leaders, faculty and staff who have made remarkable things happen for the more than 9,000 women who have come through Carondelet's doors. We shared dinner and memories and a renewed spirit for our committed partnership as we continue the work ahead of us.
Over the course of two days, we welcomed all the living past and present school principals and presidents to campus, giving us the opportunity to commemorate the unique roles each and every one of them has played in the life of the school. And we had alumnae on campus – many from the early days and so many who have never been on campus since they graduated – including our 2016 Alumna of the Year, Debrenia Madison-Smith '73. It truly was a special time for our community.
It was also an especially emotional and poignant time as this series of jubilee events provided a celebratory backdrop for our school community to say "thank you" and "God speed" to Sr. Eleanor and Sr. Kathy who had recently announced their decision to move from our campus convent before summer.
For two cherished and valiant women who never wanted the spotlight on them and all that they have done for this school, the 50th celebration provided the perfect venue to surround Sr. Eleanor and Sr. Kathy with the love and respect we carry for them in our hearts.
This year, the Alumnae Board chose Debrenia Madison-Smith '73 as the Alumna of the Year. She has become very accomplished since her time as Carondelet's ASB president. After high school, she completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA and received her law degree from Georgetown University. Then she went on to become a lawyer and fight for social justice.
On May 22, we celebrated the graduation of the class of 2016. This beautiful ceremony brought together family, friends, faculty and staff to recognize all that our graduates have accomplished. We hope that Carondelet will hold a special place in their hearts as they begin a new chapter in their lives. We are so proud of them, and hope that their spirit of sisterhood continues through their membership in the Alumnae Association.
Check out our Facebook page to see our graduation photo album and exciting videos.