Alverno Heights Academy’s Founder’s Day and Blessing of the Animals

Last Friday was Founders’ Day! An annual tradition that celebrates Alverno Heights Academy’s founders, the Sisters of St. Francis and the Immaculate Heart Community. The day featured activities, speakers and gave the students a platform to re-connect with Alverno’s roots.

Founders’ Day began with a wonderful Agape service and Blessing of the Animals in honor of one of Alverno’s founding groups, the Sisters of St. Francis. There were snakes, dogs, cats, bunnies, turtles and more. The students and all the rest of the attendees enjoyed Alverno’s beautiful campus in an outdoor service and loved their pets taking part in this beautiful morning – there were even some dogs who joined the choir!

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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