Alverno Heights Academy's Volleyball and Cross Country Teams Get a "Blessed" Start

Volleyball and Cross Country teams had their jersey blessed during “Blessing of the Jerseys”

Published : Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 12:30 PM

The Varsity & Junior Varsity Volleyball Teams

As they prepare for their official league seasons to get underway, the Alverno Heights Academy Volleyball and Cross Country teams had their jerseys blessed as a part of the annual “Blessing of the Jerseys.”

The prayer service was organized by Alverno Heights Academy’s Campus Ministry team and Campus Minister, Ms. Katharine Guerrero. At the beginning of the prayer service, Campus Ministry students welcomed the entire school community and explained the purpose of “Blessing of the Jerseys” and encouraged the Alverno community to come out and support the Jaguars during the fall season.

The Cross Country Team

Each team then brought up their jerseys to be blessed for a successful season filled with great competition, sportsmanship, and of course, one free of injuries. Both teams received a small reminder of their promise and commitment to their teams along with a short prayer that they could attach to their athletic bags.

“Blessing of the Jerseys is such a wonderful way for these teams to begin their Horizon League seasons,” said Julia V. Fanara, Head of School. “The level of commitment and dedication these young women display is a testament not only to their athletic interests but also their dedication to Alverno. We are so proud of them and the way they truly act as empowered women on and off the field and court. We look forward to another successful year of Alverno Athletics—go Jaguars!”

The Jaguar Cross Country team will run in their first race of the season on Wednesday, September 13 at Griffith Park in Los Angeles at 4:00 p.m. The Jaguars will be competing

The Jaguar Volleyball teams will play in their first League games on Wednesday, September 20 at 4:00 p.m. at Ramona Convent Secondary School.

About Alverno Heights Academy

Alverno Heights Academy is an all-girls, independent, progressive Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to its mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. Located on the property of the former Barlow Estate in Sierra Madre, California, Alverno Heights Academy was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Francis who sought to create an environment in the San Gabriel Valley where young women could become informed and knowledgeable persons. Later renamed Alverno High School and sponsored by the Immaculate Heart Community, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—has been shaped by the staff, trustees, and students. As Alverno Heights Academy once again, the school remains committed to its mission by encouraging each of their young women to be who they imagine. For more information about Alverno Heights Academy, please visit





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