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SJA Celebrates Feast of All Saints

St. Joseph’s Academy celebrated the Feast Day of All Saints on November 1. Members of the Academy community gathered in the Academy Student Center for the Eucharistic celebration.

Father Matthew Dunn, parochial vicar at Christ the King Parish and SJA’s chaplain, was the presider. 

Junior Juliette Buffone welcomed the large gathering. “In the Catholic church, we are called to imitate and venerate saints because of their heroically virtuous lives, martyrdom or their offering of life for others,” she said. “Let us give thanks for the saints and pray that we, too, may live our saintly calling.” 

Junior Isabelle McDermott read from the book of Revelation. Freshman Clare Valluzzo read from the first letter of John. Senior Margaret Moe and junior Carleigh Helouin offered the prayers of the faithful. 

Lending their musical talents to the service were cantors Katie Rabalais and Maria Hargrave, both seniors. Musicians were Aimee Urdiales, keyboard; Hugo Andricain, guitar; and Alan LeCoq, percussion. The liturgy choir was under the direction of Danielle Laird. 

Following mass, Principal Stacia Andricain said that a Book of Remembrance was present on the altar containing the names of those members of the Academy community who have passed away. Throughout the month of November, the Book of Remembrance will remain in the Chapel at SJA. She invited those gathered to add the names of their loved ones who have passed away. 

Andricain congratulated two faculty members who recently received their pins as new Associates of the Congregation of St. Joseph: Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn and Campus Minister Jade Spears. They join current faculty and staff members Hugo Andricain, Meg Gerald, Ghedy Matus, Stacy Rennhoff and Linda Thompson. Stacia Andricain is also an associate. Currently in the inquiry process are Suzie Adler, Stephen Barrios, Valerie Brubaker, Karen Douet-Wannamaker, Ryan Hallford, Lori Harper, Angelle Saia and Nadine Saunders. 

Andricain congratulated SJA softball coach Amanda Henley, who was recently inducted into the Northwestern State University N-Club Hall of Fame. She congratulated senior Margaret Moe, who has been selected as a semifinalist in the United States Senate Youth Program and wished her the best of luck as she progresses through the judging process.

Senior Shobe Manuel was introduced as SJA’s nomination for Student of the Year. Manuel will advance to the next level of competition for the Louisiana Catholic School Student of the Year. She is president of the SJA student body, an outstanding student and a two-time LHSAA state champion tennis player. 

Senior Grace Dube closed the assembly by leading the singing of the alma mater.

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine