NEW ORLEANS – Cabrini High School celebrated its 60th anniversary on September 9, 2019 with an anniversary mass and reception celebration, 60 years to the day since the school opened its doors. The buildings of Mother Cabrini’s Sacred Heart Orphan Asylum on historic Esplanade Avenue were restructured and welcomed the first students of Cabrini High School, an all-girls’ Catholic high school in New Orleans, on September 8, 1959.
The celebration began with Mass in the morning at Holy Rosary Church, said by Fr. Colm Cahill. Cabrini students, faculty, staff, alumnae, including members of the first graduating class of Cabrini High School, and other special guests were in attendance.During his Homily, Fr. Cahill stated, “Anniversaries aren’t just a nostalgic history event. It gives you the opportunity to go back to the roots of who you are and why you do what you do. That’s all because of Mother Cabrini. Be a beacon of hope like Mother Cabrini was to so many.”
Following Mass, all students of Cabrini High School received a special Cabrini logo pin to add to their blazers as a memento of the 60th anniversary. There was a breakfast reception in the courtyard of the Esplanade building for alumnae and special guests where they could explore the original orphanage and now school building. There was a separate reception in the cafeteria for all students and faculty.
Cabrini’s President Jack Truxillo stated, “It is an honor to look around and see this Cabrini community – students, faculty, staff, alumnae, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, special guests – celebrating 60 years of Cabrini High School, as well as the legacy of Mother Cabrini. We are all a part of Mother Cabrini’s legacy, and it is our duty to continue her legacy.”