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.