The Grandeur of the Presentation of Mary Chapel Honors 42 Graduates

June 15, 2018


by Len Lathrop

The site of many important events since it opened in 1927, the Presentation of Mary Academy chapel was filled with 42 students and their families as they marked a milestone together, the completion of their elementary education and a step forward into high school with the encouragement of the PMA family and a blessing from the Lord.

Celebrating the liturgy with the students and their families was Father Joseph M. Cooper, pastor of Saint Kathryn Parish, with graduate Antoinette Jacques serving as the welcomer. The music during the service provided by the PMA Senior Choir under Music Director Maria Leticia Gonzalez rivaled that of any professional choir.

Graduates Victoria Scarbro and Keagan Bowen offered the reading, which Father Cooper mentioned during his homily that the students had chosen the Isaiah scripture.

Fr. Cooper spoke to the graduates using a metaphor of crops growing in a field and continued about how crops that had better soil through the support of the farmer grew ten-fold. He advised that the students should see themselves as the crops that were supported by their parents, the school family, and their faith. He went on to the lesson of sacrifice that they have witnessed and how they should shine because of the lessons they have learned.

Graduates led the Prayer of the Faithful. The choir performed “Dona Nobis Pacem” (Traditional), “Angus Dei” (Traditional), “Panis Angelicus” (C. Frank), and “I’m Going Up a Yonder” (Walter Hawkins) as communion songs.

After the blessing by Fr. Cooper the choir performed an original song composed by Music Director Maria Leticia Gonzalez, the “Anne Marie Rivier Song” for the closing.

Once mass was over, those assembled began the graduation ceremony with remarks to the class by Principal Sister Maria Rosa. Sister spoke to the class and their parents about how they are a special class with unique talents and gifts and how they grew as a class with respect for each other regardless of differences. She advised them to be true to themselves.

Presentation of Mary Academy graduates are Sydney Afonso, Abigail Beauchemin, Keagan Bowen, Bailey Carroll, Sofia Cebrero, Brynne Cooley, Emma Corea, Maria Crivac, Alima Deen, Kody Deng, Joseph DeWane, Eile Doyle, Margaret Fitzgerald, Brooke Flanagan, Jackson Flanders, Dillan Foley, Nathanael Fondakowski, Olivia Fraser, Gabriella Gilbert, Alexander Girata, Shreya Gouda, Trevor Guarente, MacKenzie Husson, Antoinette Jacques, Michelle Kapala, Matthew King, Megan Lavallee, Jason Mack, Madeleine Moynihan, Lea Naughton, Michaella Niceforo, Erin Nigohosian, Ishani Rana, Madeline Roma, Grace Rotering, Nicholas Root, Victoria Scarbro, Jack Simmons, Serra Sullivan, Colin Toohey, Elizabeth White, and Chloe Wong.

The academy presents two special awards each year:

The Zachary Tompkins Christian Award is given to a student who through the years has demonstrated a commitment to his/her faith and has not been afraid to live that faith through word, action, and attitude. This award went to Megan Lavalee.

The Mother Rivier Award is given in honor of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, the foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary to Antoinette Jacques. This honor is bestowed upon a student who has demonstrated academic effort, generous service, simplicity, and a sense of humor.