The All-Class Reunion for Ursuline Academy Pittsburgh began on Friday, October 14, with a reception at the Ursuline Support Services, an organization that carries on the social service ministry of the Ursuline Sisters in the metro area. The reunion gathering continued on Saturday, October 15, 2016 with a tour of the former Ursuline Academy on S. Winebiddle where several alumnae walked in familiar and new classroom spaces that have been repurposed by the current tenant, the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. Then the activities moved onto the West Penn Wintergarden Room in the Bloomfield neighborhood.
The reunion preparations and renaming the event Coeur d’ Ursuline (Heart of Ursuline) was led by Sister Rita Joseph Jarrell (1975 – 1981) the last principal of the Academy who transitioned to LACHS (1981 – 1983) as Assistant Principal when the Academy closed. She received event assistance from graduates Linda Neely Batory (’65), Mary Ann Larkin (’70), Karen Miller Tobin (’70), Theresa Dziki DeShantz (’75), Mary Lauren Moesta Little (’79) and Diane Marburger Fischer (’79).
The evening offered hospitality, memory sharing, archival photos and an opportunity to keep the connection going, not only with each other, but also with the Ursulines whose influence lives on with each and every alumna. While most reunion attendees came from Pittsburgh or other nearby cities in Pennsylvania, one graduate, Susan Ingold Murphy (’79) traveled from Florida to attend. As the evening wrapped up, the discussion continued for plans for the next time the Coeur d’ Ursuline group might gather. Stay tuned.
To see photos from the reunion, click here.