2017 Reunion Information

(all times are Indiana time)

St. John Church, 126 W. Georgia St., Indianapolis, will again be the venue for the 58th annual reunion.

10 a.m. – Mass

11:15 a.m. – Brunch followed by a short program.

Registration: Cost is $25 per person. All checks should be made payable to St. John Academy Alumnae, and reservations should be made in advance. Send your check to Clare Biggers at 8554 Scarsdale Dr. W, Indianapolis, IN, 46256.

Deadline to register is August 28, 2017.

For more information, please contact Clare Biggers at 317-849-9506.

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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.

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 service 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.

On hand for the Oct. 16, 2016, reunion of the St. John Academy were (front, from left) Marie Powell Bottorff, Clare Eck Biggers, Shirleen Livers Reece, Sister Frances Edwards, Mary Henry McGill, (back) Nancy Gutgsell Hines, Mary Alice Smith Boschini, Betty Clossey Greiwe, Ann Sheridan Bordenkecher, Shirley Speer Spitz, Nona Hunter Dottery, Mary Jane Holloran, Glodene Carbin Carter, Beverly Schneider Watt and Father Rick Nagel.