History

Two other congregations taught in Vincennes before the Sisters of Providence: Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, from 1824 to 1834, and then Sisters of Charity from Emmitsburg, Maryland, until 1843.

Then, when Mother Theodore was in France, Bishop de la Hailandiere sent three Sisters of Providence to Vincennes. They were at first located in a house on Main Street between Fourth and Fifth – the Bishop’s Block. In 1847 Bishop Bazin relocated them to the former seminary on Second Street. This building also housed resident students, and from 1849 to 1863, orphan girls.

When the orphan boys were moved to the Old College (St. Vincent’s), the girls took their place. This left St. Rose as boarding school and academy, and as before, the Sisters’ residence. In 1884, when with the consent of Bishop Chatard the city was to cut a street in the path of St. Rose, the school building was razed and a new St. Rose Academy built. The third and last building was dedicated in 1964. In 1970 St. Rose Academy joined with Central Catholic High School for boys as Rivet High School.

Reunion information

The next St. Rose Academy Alumni Reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.

Class of 1968 celebrates at the 2013 St. Rose Academy Reunion.  Front row, left to right: Sandy Myers Harmon, Linda Carie Trant, Susie Fraker Hurst. Back row, left to right: Carol Carie Steele, Donna Wehrheim Giroux, Margie Lane Hoffhaus and Janice Glass Clark.

Class of 1968 celebrates at the 2013 St. Rose Academy Reunion. Front row, left to right: Sandy Myers Harmon, Linda Carie Trant, Susie Fraker Hurst. Back row, left to right: Carol Carie Steele, Donna Wehrheim Giroux, Margie Lane Hoffhaus and Janice Glass Clark.

We will be honoring class years ending in ’4 and ’9.

The reunion will be held at Green Auditorium on the Vincennes University Campus. Doors open at 10 a.m. Mass at 11 a.m. followed by luncheon at noon.

Registration information will be available in the spring of 2014.

The 2013 reunion was a rousing success!

- See a list of who attended.

- Download the program used for the reunion.

Find us on Facebook

facebook The Central Catholic-St. Rose Academy Alumni have an active group on Facebook. There are many photo albums of old class photos, school photos, past reunions and a lot more. You must send a request to join. Click here to get started!

Class of 1953 at the 2013 St. Rose Academy reunion.

Class of 1953 at the 2013 St. Rose Academy reunion.

Contact information

Contact Mary Ann Thacker at 812-882-6611 or email marypearl66@yahoo.com for information about all St. Rose alumni events.

Rosie Blankenship is the alumnae/i relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. You may reach her at 812-535-2817 or email rblanken@spsmw.org.

Recently deceased

Please pray for the repose of the souls of our friends who have died in 2013-14.

  • Rosemary Hoffman Wendling – 1941
  • Leona Kaiser Duke – 1945
  • Jamie Honan Doyle – 1957
  • Sister Catherine Livers, SP – Faculty

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God,
Rest in peace.  Amen