St. John Academy, Indianapolis (1859-1959)
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The 2020 St. John Academy Reunion will take place on Oct. 4, 2020.
Mass will take place at 10 a.m., at St. John Church, 126 W. Georgia St., Indianapolis. A luncheon will take place at the PanAm Building immediately following. Cost is $30.
For more information, you may contact Clare Biggers at email@example.com.
The 60th St. John Academy Alumni Mass and Breakfast took place on Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. John Church.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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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