I write to say how proud I am of the work of School Sister of Notre Dame Josephann Wagoner, who is completing nine years as principal of the School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland. The parish recently acknowledged her outstanding service at a Sunday liturgy. I wish to add my own congratulations to that of the pastor and also to express a specific hope.
I myself am a School Sister of Notre Dame and once taught at the Old Cathedral School on Mulberry Street and after that in the 1960s at the (new) Cathedral School. Monsignor Thomas Whelan was pastor at that time and School Sister of Notre Dame Dolorine was principal. Sister Josephann has generously and capably continued the SSND educational tradition at the Cathedral.
As the search committee for the school undertakes the challenging work of finding a new principal, this connection should not be overlooked. The School Sisters of Notre Dame have directed the School of the Cathedral continuously for its entire history in this archdiocese – 141 years! I pray and strongly urge the search committee not to forget this extraordinarily fruitful collaboration.
Sister Mary Ann Hartnett, S.S.N.D.
Sister Mary Ann is director of Food For Thought, Inc., a Learning Center for Children and Adults.