St. Columbkille, Chicago
In September 1899, the Sisters of Providence took charge when the Holy Cross Brothers withdrew and Father Dunne invited the sisters to take charge of the boys’ school. In 1907, the sisters also took charge of the girls’ school due to the withdrawal of the Sisters of Charity. Boys and girls were in separate rooms. The grammar school for the girls developed into a full eight grades and a commercial high school. Due to lack of available sisters, the grammar school closed in 1971. The commercial school closed in 1969. The nursery school opened in 1918 to childcare needed for mothers working outside the home during the war. In 1983, the Sisters of Providence closed the nursery, which was subsequently used by Esperanza School for special education.
St. Columbkille Alumnae Association celebrated its final reunion as a school in 2015. Individual classes will continue to gather as they wish. If the sisters can be helpful to you in any way, please contact Connie Gualano, alumnae/I relations and planned giving manager/grant writer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-535-2811.