Published : Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 1:52 PM
A statue of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher stands in the center of the Ramona Convent campus in Alhambra reminding us that the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is part of the daily life of the school. Ramona’s 128 years of history and tradition took on new meaning for four members of the faculty as they journeyed to Montreal and Longueil in Quebec, Canada to visit the historic sites that mark the roots of the SNJM. From the birthplace of Blessed Marie-Rose (Eulalie Durocher), foundress of the SNJM, in St-Antoine-sur Richelieu to her final resting place in the co-cathedral of St-Antoine-de-Padoue in Longueil, the pilgrims visited the places where she was born, lived, and died including several towns along the Richelieu River.
Sister Kathleen Callaway, President, Mary Mansell, Principal, and faculty members, Laura Dumas and Angelica Seager, joined twenty-one other representatives from Holy Names sponsored schools around the United States and Winnipeg for the pilgrimage with the threefold purpose of cultivating a deeper connection to the life and mission of Blessed Marie-Rose, fostering community among the faculty and staff of the SNJM schools, and promoting a deeper understanding of the charism of the Holy Names Sisters. Highlights of the trip also included a visit to the Foundation House where Marie-Rose and her two companions established the congregation, as well as spending time at the Congregational House (currently the international headquarters of the Sisters of the Holy Names) exploring the museum and the archives. The group also had time to visit places of interest in the city of Montreal, including the Basilica of Notre Dame, where the statue of Blessed Marie-Rose holds a place of honor. The conclusion of the Ramona school community daily morning prayer, “Let us go forth, cast fire, and liberate life,” has surely taken on new meaning for the four pilgrims who look forward to sharing stories of their trip with colleagues and students.
Ramona is a welcoming Catholic college-prep high school for girls in grades 9-12. Ramona graduates face the future with an extraordinary education, a global vision fueled by Catholic values, an independent spirit, confident leadership skills, the support of their Ramona sisters, and the strength of a legacy of more than 128 years of excellence.
Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 W. Ramona Rd., Alhambra, CA 91803, (626) 282-4151 or visit www.ramonaconvent.org.