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SJA Celebrates Legacy Mass

The St. Joseph’s Academy Alumnae Office hosted the ninth annual Legacy Mass and Brunch on August 21. Generations of Academy graduates, along with family members who are current students, gathered in the Chapel at SJA for the Eucharistic celebration. 

SJA President Jan Rhorer Breen ’69 welcomed the families whose legacies are woven throughout the Academy’s history. She recognized the Coco-Hargrave family whose members have been a part of SJA for five generations and who trace their legacy to the early 1900s. She also recognized the “most mature” graduate in attendance, Ruth Eiswirth Brown, class of 1941. The class of 1989 had the most members in attendance. 

“As we continue our work to provide opportunities for faith development, academic excellence and personal growth, we remember and thank each of you whose histories are a sacred thread woven into the beautiful tapestry that is St. Joseph’s Academy,” Breen said.

Father David Allen was the celebrant for the Legacy Mass. 

Readers were Grace Alford ’25, Catherine Alford ’01, Anne Lightfoot Heine ’89 and Ava Heine ’25. Gift bearers were Kendall Coye Hebert ’98 and Hannah Hebert ’26. Breen served as the Eucharistic minister.

Elena Kelly ’23 served as cantor. Aimee Wiles Urdiales ’93 was the pianist. 

Following mass, the multi-generational families gathered in the community room of Mother Alice Hall for brunch catered by SAGE Dining Services. 

Alumnae Director Cori Martone Jones ’10 coordinated the event.

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Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine