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St. John Academy, Indianapolis (1859-1959)

The 2019 St. John Academy Alumni Mass and Breakfast will take place on Sunday, September 8, at St. John Church, 126 W. Georgia St., Indianapolis. Cost is $28 per person. For further RSVP information, you may contact Clare Biggers at cbiggers321@att.net.

Another successful reunion event in the books!

The 58th annual reunion Mass and brunch took place September 10, 2017, with more than 40 alums attending. After the 10 a.m., Mass in St. John’s Church, brunch followed. Expecting to sit under a tent outside in the courtyard and enjoy the beautiful weather, they instead went across Georgia Street to the first floor of the Pan Am Plaza building and enjoyed a delicious brunch catered by Indy Anna’s.

Sister Francis Edwards, the last living faculty member, was in attendance as were several other Sisters of Providence.

After much reminiscing and visiting, a group picture was taken. Clare Biggers and the Class of 1956 were the hostesses.

We encourage you to attend the reunion next year. Check back here as all of the details will be posted as they are received.

Attendees of the 2017 St. John Academy Reunion.

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

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History of St. John Academy

St. John was the first Catholic school in Indianapolis. It included both grade and high school. The pastor at St. John’s, Reverend Augustine Bessonies, requested the services of the Sisters of Providence to staff the schools. At first, with only 80 students, the outlook for the high school was dim. Later boarding pupils came from Edinburg, Martinsville, Franklin and nearby towns to increase the enrollment.

Shortly after the school was established, the Civil War broke out. At the request of Governor Oliver Morton, the Sisters of Providence took over the administration of the military hospital. The sisters, students of St. John Academy, and members of the parish helped the three sister-nurses, who lived at St. John’s Convent, with their support.

In 1872, a three-story building was begun to replace the original school. This building was razed in 1959, when the school closed due to changing economic conditions. “Good old St. John’s” was the source of many vocations to the sisterhood, many excellent students for higher education, and many excellent wives, mothers and business women in the City of Indianapolis.

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