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St. Rose Academy, Vincennes, Indiana

Mark your calendars!!!

The annual St. Rose Academy Reunion in Vincennes will begin with Mass at the Old Cathedral at 10 a.m. The Central and St. Rose Academy Classes of 1970 will participate in the liturgy as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. The Class of 1970 is the last graduating class from Central and St. Rose. The community is invited to the Mass, as well as all alumni from the Vincennes Catholic Schools. A buffet luncheon will begin at noon at the Green Activities Center on the Vincennes University Campus, followed by a short program. The luncheon is only for alumnae of St. Rose Academy. Information and registration forms for the luncheon will be mailed in June. You may contact Mary Ann Thacker at marypearl66@yahoo.com or call/text to 812-890-2902.

Members of the Class of 1967 during the 23rd all-school reunion.

Members of the Class of 1964, including Sister Marsha Speth (back row, far right), during the 23rd all-school reunion.

Keep in touch on 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. Get started here! 

Connie Gualano is the alumnae/i relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. You may reach her at 812-535-2811 or email cgualano@spsmw.org.

Remember these sisters?

These sisters all taught at St. Rose at one time. Click on their name to see what their ministry is now. Or click here to contact them!

History of St. Rose Academy

Two other congregations taught in Vincennes before the Sisters of Providence: Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, from 1824-1834, 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 1845, 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 was built. The third and last building was dedicated in 1964. In 1970, St. Rose Academy joined with Central Catholic High School for boys at Vincennes Rivet High School.

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