Catholic Sisters Week was celebrated in a special way on March 10th by the Bishop Walsh Western Maryland Catholic School Alumni Association at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament. At halftime during the Bishop Walsh Catholic High game, they paid tribute to the three School Sisters of Notre Dame: Sister Kathleen Jancuk, Sister Francita Hobbs, and Sister Phyllis McNally, who have collectively taught young people for over 181 years.
Jennifer Flinn, current principal, presented the sisters with a basketball autographed by the school’s national team; the Alumni Association presented them with gift bags, and members of the Bishop Walsh cheerleading squad, and the Burgundy Team presented them with red, pink, and yellow roses. Each rose represented the hundreds of students’ lives the sisters influenced. As the tribute finished, the sisters received a standing ovation from all those who attended the game. See WCBC Article Here
After the celebration the following tribute was published on the Bishop Walsh Facebook page.
“CATHOLIC SISTERS WEEK…
Thank you Jeannie Seifarth, President of the Western Maryland Catholic Alumni Association, Ann Marie Sangiovanni, Treasurer, and Ed Mullaney for honoring the three remaining School Sisters of Notre Dame still living in Cumberland with a special celebration during half time of the Spartan game at the ACIT. We are grateful for Sister Kathleen, Sr. Francita, Sr. Phyllis, and all the Sisters of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Ursuline Sisters who have served our area.
During this Catholic Sisters Week, we pray for those served by women religious, whose lives are more hopeful, more peaceful, and more loving because of their work. May their lives of prayer and ministry continue to touch those who are supported by them, especially the students and families of Catholic schools. May they continue to be a source of hope to all of God’s creation. #CatholicSistersWeek #CelebratingTraditions #AOBCatholicSchools #GoWalsh Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools.”