AHN hosts gathering honors Maureen Kearney

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Academy students attended the reception to congratulate Ms. Kearney on her years of service.

Gini Barreda, Section Editor

Students from the present and past, along with teachers and administrators, honored AHN teacher Ms. Maureen Kearney with her own special prayer service and reception on Tuesday afternoon, November 26.    Ms. Kearney retired at the end of last June.

Beginning with a welcoming prayer by Sister Mariellen Blase, SNJM, the service continued with a Retirement Blessing from Nina McGucken Alvarez, an Academy graduate (A’01).  Mrs. Amy Kafantaris, Chair of World Language Department,  read the closing prayer.

Following the prayer service, guests gathered for food and drinks in the main lobby where they conversed and congratulated Ms. Kearney.

After 38 years of service to the Academy of the Holy Names students and community, Ms. Kearney will never forget her wonderful momories of Academy.  Ms. Kearney began teaching at AHN in the year 1974 and has served as a World Religion and World History teacher, as well as a moderator for the service club, Christian Life Community (CLC), in which she made it possible for Academy students to volunteer at Faith Children’s Home.

During her time here, Ms. Kearney enjoyed many traditions at Academy.  “I’ve always liked our Masses and our service- filled Mini Course Week, as well as the Junior Ring Ceremony.”

Although future students will not have the honor of completing her famous “Kearney Projects,” Ms. Kearney promises to stay a part of the Academy community for the rest of her days. She has been moderator for Faith Children’s Home for 29 years and plans to keep in contact through this club.

At Academy tradition is important, and so are teachers who have dedicated their talents and time to preserve those traditions as part of the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names.  In the category of service, one teacher – Ms. Maureen Kearney – will always be remembered for her commitment and dedication to Faith Children’s Home and to the education of her students about the world in which they live.