Francis Cardinal George and Notre Dame High School for Girls Celebrate 75th Birthdays Together

A Night in Blue and White” began with a beautiful solemn high mass said by Cardinal Francis George at St. Ferdinand’s on the Northwest Side Tuesday, May 8th.  “I always love coming back to the NW side where I grew up, ” said Cardinal George.  “Founded 75 years ago at the end of the Great Depression, it took a great deal of hope for the sisters to come here when there wasn’t much hope around.  My father always had a job but he didn’t always get paid.”

Established in 1937 by the order founded by St. Julie Billiart (the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur), Notre Dame High School for Girls is a small (81 students), all-girls, college prep high school.   They boast a 16 to 1 student-teacher ratio with 65% of the faculty and staff holding a Masters or higher.  The Class of 2011 earned more than $1.1 million in scholarships and awards towards higher education.

On this night, the celebration continued after mass in the auditorium with Cardinal George being surprised by Chair Emeritus Dia Weil with a birthday cake and students singing Happy Birthday.  (Even though his birthday was in January, they still celebrated their 75th year together).   Ariel Reboyras, Alderman of the 30th Ward,  was on hand to offer his congratulations along with past alums….some from as far back as the Class of 1943.   Avanti Gourmet Catering and Oak Mill Bakery provided a delicious buffet for the evening.

Molly Socha, from ND’s Development Office, helped coordinate the event with help from students, faculty and staff along with  Michelle Durpetti (Michelle Durpetti Events).  It was truly a night of joyous celebration as the high school seniors excitedly spoke about the colleges they would be attending as well as how much they would miss “this fine school that has taught them so much.”

Congrats to co-chairs, Noreen Musica and Susan Miller,  for this delightful  celebration!    To learn more about this wonderful institution, please click here.

I was honored to be included….:-)

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