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SJA Gathers for Feast of the Assumption of Mary

St. Joseph’s Academy gathered as a school community on August 15 to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Father Mathew Dunn, SJA’s school chaplain and pastor at Christ the King Parish on LSU’s campus, was the presider. 

Senior Isabella McDermott welcomed the large gathering in the Academy Student Center. “On this day, we honor Mary’s assumption into heaven, both body and soul, as a reward for her ‘yes’ to God and to God’s plans for her life,” she said. 

Senior Neila Stone read from the Book of Revelation. Junior Audrey Elliot read from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians. Seniors Juliette Buffone and Amelia Watson offered the prayers of the faithful.

In his homily, Father Matt spoke of Mary being crowned the queen of heaven and earth and that, as the mother of the king, she reigns with Him. “The Lord reminds us that we have that same place in heaven,” he said. “He wants to share His crown of glory with you. We do that by simply believing and being open that what the Lord has spoken will be fulfilled.”

Faculty member Hugo Andricain is SJA’s liturgy coordinator. Danielle Laird directed the Liturgy Choir. Musicians were Aimee Urdiales, piano; Hugo Andricain, guitar; and Stephen Barrios, drums. Cantors were seniors Julie Mistric and Clara Cole. 

Senior Kelsey Martin closed the assembly with the singing of the alma mater.

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine and Laura Purgerson