Last month the SMA community celebrated Founders’ Day. October 21 marked the 163rd anniversary of the twelve Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary’s arrival in Portland. This year, for the first time since 2019, we were able to celebrate Founders’ Day in our traditional way; inviting alumnae celebrating their 50-year reunions (including the classes of 1970, 1971, as well as 1972) to campus for an all-school Mass in the Auditorium, and a special luncheon.
The tradition includes student Ambassadors escorting the celebrating alumnae into the auditorium for Mass, a special moment for both students and alumnae. After Mass, the fifty alumnae, along with faculty and staff enjoyed a luncheon which featured performances from student musicians including a piano duet, and a vocal performance, and a chance to reminisce about their time as students at SMA. Senior Director of Leadership Gifts, Coralynn Arrigotti ’83 included in her remarks some fun trivia, such as which songs were at the top of the charts, which movies were at the box office, and other top news stories from each year celebrating, taking everyone on a lovely trip down memory lane.
Alumnae shared memories of their favorite teachers, including Sr. Rosemary Ann Parker who taught biology, and Nancy Moore ’47, formerly Sr. Ignatia Ann. Among the celebrating alumnae were Dr. Jean Nyland ’70 and Janet Nyland Flichtbeil ’72, who were joined their sister, current faculty member, Joan Nyland ’78. We are so thankful to have celebrated such an important day with our community and look forward to celebrating the class of 1973 next year!