Alverno High School is fortunate to have its roots with both the Sisters of St. Francis and the Immaculate Heart Community, and the October 4 Founders’ Day celebration blended their traditions and the year’s school theme with great success.
“Beyond Borders” is this year’s theme at Alverno. Students were matched into “families” of mixed grade levels. The families discussed how their real families’ life journeys had taken them beyond borders, and how looking at things in new ways could lead to a richer life experience. In these groups the girls watched and discussed the video “The Girl Effect” which covers the positive impact that educating and empowering girls can have on a community in the developing world.
In the spirit of the Immaculate Heart Community’s quest for social justice, each family created its own “Alverno Effect,” with its own philosophy, mission statement, flag, and video.
The potluck lunch shared among the families was followed by a mass lead by Fr. Richard Krekelberger of nearby St. Rita Parish, and ended with a Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis.
Photos this page by Belle n’ Beau and Serena Santamaria, courtesy of Alverno High School.