Former students of the Providence Juniorate/Aspirancy will reunite at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Friday, June 23, 2017.
Details have yet to be worked out, but the program will probably follow what has occurred in the past. The reunion begins at 8:30 a.m., with registration in Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. A continental breakfast buffet will be available. The gathering then follows in O’Shaughnessy Dining Room.
Mass will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon buffet in O’Shaughnessy around 12:30 p.m. The reunion program will end “formally” around 3 p.m., with people staying as long as they wish to visit.
Registration information will be sent to you and posted here at a later date.
Alumnae are invited to bring memorabilia from their time in the Juniorate/Aspirancy. Please label with your name and place them on the “memories table.” It will be your responsibility to pick up your memorabilia as you leave at the end of the day.
Alumnae class groups are welcome to prepare a song parody or skit in advance for presentation during the 2 p.m., open discussion.
Keep in touch!
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Providence Juniorate/Aspirancy has an active group on Facebook. You must send a request to join. Get started here!
History of the Providence Juniorate/Aspirancy
In 1930, Mother Mary Raphael Slattery, having closed Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Academy and moved it to Ladywood in Indianapolis, planned to open Providence Juniorate at Saint Mary of the Woods. The institution of minor seminaries had become an accepted phase of clerical life in the United States, and many communities of women religious were led to open similar high schools in connection with their novitiates. Providence Juniorate (or Aspirancy, as it was renamed after the initiation of the Sister Formation Program) became accredited and was eminently successful through the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. The Fathers of Vatican II addressed reforms in seminary life and suggested that future seminarians do normal activities in high school and have frequent contact with their families. The sisters also began to recommend that young women interested in religious life attend high school at home. Diocesan high schools were becoming plentiful. For this reason, the Aspirancy closed in 1965. Almost 900 young women had received all or part of their education there. Thirty eight percent entered the Novitiate and 75 percent remained to become professed members of the Congregation.