On Saturday, August 19 more than 300 people came to Carondelet to honor of the life and love of Sr. Eleanor Eagan, CSJ. Family, alumnae, faculty, friends, present and from years ago came to pay their respects to the woman who made such a profound, wonderful impact on our community. Get a glimpse of the full photo gallery from Saturday.
President Bonnie Cotter offered a moving reflection. Sister Eleanor crafted some of the message herself and, in keeping with her personality, gave instructions for it to be read unaltered at this celebration. But Sr. Ellie's life story could not be done justice without the stories of those whose lives were made better by knowing her. Read Bonnie's homily here.
Sr. Ellie did have the final word. In the final minutes of the mass, a video featuring Sr. Eleanor showed her reflections on her mission and religious education. "We want (our students) to be women of leadership and service to the world...(We challenge) them to be people who live a life of love of God and love of neighbor without distinction. I'm convinced, most importantly, that's what our world needs. Our world needs that today." Watch the video here.
Following the ceremony, hundreds filled the Inner Court to share memories and reconnect. A slideshow of photos featuring Sr. Eleanor projected large on the wall, watching over the gathering. Of course, Sr. Eleanor's passion and penchant for taking photos meant that she was behind the camera more often than she was in front of it. Watch the slideshow here.
It was a beautiful ceremony for a beautiful woman whose legacy will forever remain a special part of Carondelet High School.
Thank you to all who shared in this celebration of Sr. Eleanor's life. And for those who could not make it, we felt your love from around the world. Sr. Eleanor, you truly are a valiant woman!