It was standing room only at St. Vincent Church as Sisters, Associates and Alum came together in thanksgiving Saturday afternoon. SCN President Mary Elizabeth Miller welcomed those gathered. Her homily was especially touching as she recalled the words to one of the school songs. “Nazareth, our Nazareth, the joyous words prolong, Let hill and vale and flowering field re-echo with our song…” Sister Mary Elizabeth went on to share, “I hope these days have been a time to enjoy renewing friendships and to share stories with classmates whom we haven’t seen in years. I hope you have had time to take a long, loving look at the beauty of the buildings, the campus and this Church, and to experience the presence of God in all. No doubt this has been a time to relive in your own heart the joys and sorrows that were part of your life here at Nazareth…”
There were several tears as she ended her homily, ” Dear Naz Girls, may God surprise you with generosity and unconditional love! May you always remember Nazareth, your home away from home! Your time here, the lessons learned, the friendships made were part of God’s plan for your life. The stories of how we came to Nazareth vary; our experiences were different – yet familiar words of our schools songs remind us that we are all – “sisters of our Alma Mater” whose “friendship deep in Christ rooted, hold us ever true.”
Sister Mary Elizabeth is a graduate of Nazareth Junior College Class of 1959 and Nazareth College Class of 1964. At the end of Mass, she recognized Sister Ruthie, the oldest living graduate of the Academy. Sister Ruthie is 101. As the afternoon came to a close, those gathered joined in singing the school song mixed with cheers and applause.