Snapshots: Sisters of Loretto Founders’ Progressive Dinner

| November 8, 2014
President Stroble with the Sisters of Loretto at the Founders' Progressive Dinner on Nov. 1.

President Stroble with the Sisters of Loretto at the Founders’ Progressive Dinner on Nov. 1.

Sr. Annie Stevens

Sr. Annie Stevens

Webster University’s Centennial Committee and the Sisters of Loretto hosted a “Founders’ Progressive Dinner” in Schroer Commons on the grounds of Eden Theological Seminary, on Saturday, Nov. 1 to commemorate this important date in history of Webster.

Nov. 1 was the date in 1915 that the cornerstone of All Saints Chapel (now Winifred Moore Auditorium) was laid. Sr. Annie Stevens, adjunct faculty, religious studies department, organized the program for the evening.

Video: Centennial Reflections by the Sisters of Loretto

To commemorate the occasion, a series of videos of Loretto sisters being interviewed about Webster through the decades was shown at the Founders’ dinner. The Sisters discuss topics including included their favorite memories while at Webster, those who had an impact on them and their hopes for Webster’s future. Click here to view all the videos.

Among the Sisters appearing in videos are:

  • Sr. Mary Swain, who shared stories of her mother, alumna Helen Swain ’28, who was present during the very first North Central accreditation team visit
  • Sr. Cecily (Peggy) Jones ’45, who taught at Webster 13 years between 1946-61
  • Sr. Carol Dunphy, a student after serving in WAVES during WWII, a Veteran, who later became a sister
  • Sr. Gabriel (Peggy) Mason, a student in 1940s, then became a sister
  • Sr. Billie (Mary Louise) Vandover ’59, an English major, later teacher and head of Nerinx Hall
  • Mary Martha Mueller, formerly Sr. Carl Marie, who taught during 1960’s, early College School, lived with Jacqueline Grennan Wexler when she was President
  • Sr. Gabriel Mary Hoare, who taught at Webster from 1960s-1980s, lived with Jacqueline and Marita
  • Sr. Kay (Josita) DeMarea, 1960’s teaching, early days of College School and MAT; music education and Sister Rose Vincent
  • Sr. Eleanor Craig, later 1960’s student-era and teaching; current Loretto Archivist

Category: Campus Snapshots, Centennial, St. Louis Campus News

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