Cabrini High School celebrated the beginning of the year with their annual Candlelight Ceremony. The Candlelight Ceremony honors the tradition of Sisterhood at Cabrini. Senior sisters welcome their little sisters into the Cabrini family by lighting their candles, passing down of the traditions and memories of the older sister to the next generation of Cabrini students. The candles represent the guiding light that will lead them throughout their years at Cabrini.
Cabrini High School honored the Senior Class of 2016 with hats uniquely crafted by their freshmen and pre-freshmen little sisters.
An annual tradition at Cabrini High School, Hat Day allows freshmen and pre-freshmen to show their gratitude to their Cabrini big sisters. During the celebration, seniors are presented with elaborately decorated handmade hats recognizing the personalities and ambitions of the senior students. Pre-freshmen, freshmen, and newly enrolled sophomores create hats for their senior sisters, which are proudly worn throughout the day. The event is the first honoring seniors as they embark on their last year Cabrini.
Cabrini High School commemorated the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a ceremony depicting the reopening of school after the historic storm.
Cabrini chose to remember Hurricane Katrina by celebrating the reopening of the school, instead of the closure and damage wrought by the storm. As they did on November 8th, 2005, just 73 days after the storm’s landfall in New Orleans, the students, faculty, administration, and staff entered through the front doors of the historic Esplanade building, Mother Cabrini’s home in New Orleans.
The first girls school to reopen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Cabrini High School’s return reflected the determination and resiliency of the school’s founder, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. Miraculously unscathed by the flooding and winds of Hurricane Katrina, Cabrini High School was able to restore the school’s buildings and physical plant quickly, becoming an inspiration to other schools, businesses, and individuals as they struggled to overcome the effects of the storm. The school operated for a month-and-a-half in Baton Rouge prior to returning to the historical campus in New Orleans’ Mid-City region.
Cabrini High School received a $3,750.00 donation from Cargill Corporation to help feed the poor at St. Jude’s Community Center.
Cabrini students, faculty, parents, and alumnae volunteer at St. Jude’s to feed the poor on the third Saturday of each month. The members of the local Cargill committee, based out of Westwego, have partnered with Cabrini on this project since 2011 to provide monetary support for purchasing the food, supplies, and underwrite transportation to for the Cabrini volunteers. Cargill Production Supervisor Peter Langhoff presented a check to Cabrini President Yvonne Hrapmann for their continued support.
Cabrini High School’s alumnae and guests attended a reception honoring former principal Sr. Catherine Garry in the historic Esplanade Building on Cabrini High’s campus.
Former students from five decades traveled from throughout the US to attend the reception honoring Sr. Catherine Garry, who served as a Cabrini faculty member from 1966-1970 and Cabrini principal from 1970-1979. Highly respected and dearly loved by the students, faculty, and staff during her years at Cabrini, she remains close to the school, its alumnae, and students. In addition to serving on the Cabrini High School Board of Trustees and as an advisor to the administration, Sr. Catherine currently resides in New York where she is a member of the Provincial Council of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
A group of nine students and two chaperones from Cabrini High School in New Orleans sacrificed their Mardi Gras opting instead to go on a mission trip to Cabrini College in Radnor, PA and snowy New York City. The trip’s purpose was evangelization, direct service, and future discernment.
During the New York leg of their trip, the Cabrini High School “missioners” spent a day with the Missionary Sisters at Sacred Heart Convent, performing service at Cabrini Immigrant Services, and praying at the St. F. X Cabrini Shrine. The girls spent a second day visiting Fordham, New York University (NYU), and Columbia Universities, and Parson’s College of Design, and managed to visit Times Square to catch the Broadway Show, “On The Town.”
Next on the itinerary was Radnor, Pennsylvania where students toured Cabrini College and nearby Villanova University. At Cabrini, the girls met with several Cabrini New Orleans alumnae currently attending Cabrini College. There, they joined the Cabrini Mission Corps missioners and experienced the Cabriniana Room with many of Mother Cabrini’s most sacred artifacts. Cabrini College President Dr. Donald Taylor greeted all the participants.
A second day in Pennsylvania was spent historic Philadelphia, where the group visited Love Park, the Liberty Bell and the Reading Terminal Market.
Record snowfall – and Southwest Airlines – allowed us to spend a few extra days at Cabrini College, during which the students relaxed and reflected on the experiences of the previous days. The girls also found time to ride the subways and explore the community, ponder college life, perform service, engage in nightly reflection, and to pray. Meeting girls from other Cabrini schools on similar mission trips was a special treat, one that broadened their idea of what it means to be Cabrinian, and to live out Mother Cabrini’s legacy.