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St. Rose Academy Alumnae 2022 Reunion Information

This year, St. Rose Academy Alumnae will celebrate its 28th annual reunion. The date is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24. The day will begin with Mass at St. John’s at 10 a.m. Father Tony Ernst and Father Gary Kaiser will be the celebrants. The Mass intention will be for all deceased members of the Vincennes Catholic Schools.

All alumni, families, friends and the Vincennes Community is invited to join at Mass.

Following Mass, the St. Rose Alumnae will proceed to Green Activities Center on the Vincennes University Campus. The doors will open at 11 a.m. A light buffet luncheon will begin at noon. This will be for St. Rose Alumnae and Rivet Ladies only. Tables will be reserved for each class. There will also be a short program and presentations by some alumnae.

The donation for the reunion is $20. Those who will attend are asked to register as soon as possible. The deadline for registration is Sept. 16. All reservations must be paid in advance as money cannot be accepted at the door. The sooner an approximate head count is known, the better for the reunion plans.

Those who sent in a paid reservation last year will receive a “pink slip” with the mailing and will only need to RSVP that they are attending. Please return the registration form – marked PAID. For more information, call or text 812-890-2902 or email marypearl66@yahoo.com.

Classes honored this year will include those the graduating classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967 and 1972, as well as those who are celebrating a little late.

2021 Reunion Information

For reunion information, 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! 

Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp, SP, General Councilor, is heading the alumnae/i relations area of our department at this time. You may reach her at 812-535-2855 or email jhagelskamp@spsmw.org.

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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