October 1, 2021 | Local News

The fashion statement of the day at the Aug. 29 Mount Saint Joseph Academy Alumnae Weekend was a protective mask, but the class of 1970 was just happy they could finally celebrate their 50th reunion – a year late. COURTESY OF MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH

MSJ alumnae return for reunion


Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph Luisa Bickett, (center), poses with her Maple Leaf Award and her nominator, Vickie Bickett Groce, (left), and Stephanie Warren, Alumnae Association president. COURTESY OF MOUNT SAINT JOSEPH

After more than two years apart because of the COVID-19 pandemic, about 100 women who attended the Mount Saint Joseph Academy returned to Maple Mount on Aug. 29, 2021, for Alumnae Weekend. The festivities were held in the Mount Auditorium, which was decorated with a Mardi Gras theme. Classes who couldn’t celebrate their significant anniversaries last year were invited to do so this year. The class of 1970 brought 11 people, while the class of 1971 had a dozen members. About 100 alumnae gathered for the event in the Mount Saint Joseph Auditorium. The agenda included a business meeting and a banquet. Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph Luisa Bickett received the Maple Leaf Award this year. Sr. Luisa received a standing ovation as she accepted her award. She was also the most senior graduate at the reunion. (She graduated from the Academy in 1947.) Sr. Luisa volunteered to be among the first Ursuline Sisters to minister in South America in 1965, serving there until 1983. From 1984-2011, she served the Hispanic population in nearby Ohio County. Ever humble, Sr. Luisa said, “If you hang onto this life until you’re 91, everyone will recognize you.”

Originally printed in the October 2021 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.


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