Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long-ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Ann Love ~

Friday, September 25, 2020

Mercy Day

I was very fortunate to have been taught by the Sisters of Mercy at Saint Francis Xavier Academy in Vicksburg, MS for 12 years, graduating in the Class of 1959.

Ever since Catherine McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1827, women and girls have been cared for, educated, and empowered by Sisters of Mercy all across the globe.


Friday, September 18, 2020

An Update On Chuck Kitowski

I received a call from Theresa about her husband Chuck, and she told me that the Doctors are amazed that he came through two strokes, seizures, blood clots, and blockage.  While in the hospital he was on a walker but when he got to their friend's house (where they are staying for the time being) he ditched it and started walking.  He can walk over two miles now but has problems with his speech and of course can't drive yet.  Theresa said to thank everyone for all your prayers and get well cards sent to him.  Please continue to keep him in your thoughts as prayers because he has a long recovery road ahead of him and of course Theresa has her health issues as well.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Rosalye Wilkerson Baldwin's Son, Troy

 Troy Beckett Baldwin

Today I’m reminded of the joy that Troy brought to our lives and the faithfulness of our God over the past 30 years! There were many hard times for sure, but the sweet memories will be there always. Oh, what joy there will be when we meet again!!
“Though today we may find ourselves experiencing seasons of long goodbyes, our trust in Christ’s death and resurrection promises an eternity of hellos.” - Bill Crowder

God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:3-4 
— with William Fred Baldwin and Trent Baldwin

Friday, September 11, 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020

Learning Center Named For Sisters Of Mercy

Nearly 160 years ago, six ordained Sisters of Mercy arrived in Vickburg with a singular goal in mind - - to educate the children of the town and open the area's very first school.  Now, that legacy is being continued, and those women are being honored through the naming of the Vicksburg Catholic School Sisters of Mercy Early Learning Center.

The new facility, which is under construction at the corner of Clay and Howard streets, will serve as a childcare center for infants through three-year-olds.  The building itself will be named the Sherry J. Scott Building, honoring a graduate of St. Francis Xavier and a generous donor to the school, who learned the importance of giving back at a young age from the Sisters o Mercy.  "Without the support, Sherry and her husband, Sam Scott, fundraising for this project would have been daunting, especially in our current environment," said Kristi Smith, development director at VCS.  "Their generosity and commitment to the school is just another great testament to the incredible impression the Sisters of Mercy left on their students."

But education wasn't the only call the Sisters of Mercy answered during their time in Vicksburg.  In addition to being remembered as great teachers in the area, the Sisters also became nurses when they encountered numerous sick and injured soldiers during the Civil War.  That work led them to take over City Hospital in 1878, and the Vicksburg Street Hospital in 1943, which later became known as Mercy Hospital until it was bought by a corporation in 1991.  

"When you talk about the history of Vicksburg, you have to talk about the Sisters of Mercy," said Mary Margaret Edney, a member of the VCS advisory council. "I can't think of a more appropriate way for us to honor their legacy and to remember the many sacrifices they made to better our community all those years ago.  There are a lot of people who will tell you that they wouldn't be where they are today if it weren't for those women.

Since the news of Scott's donation, VCS has moved into Phase 2 of its capital campaign to raise $2.2 million for the center.  this phase will fund construction completion and furnishings, a total of about $400,000.

The Sisters of Mercy Early Learning Center is scheduled to open in 2021.  For more information about enrollment, please contact the school at 601-636-4824

Click here to view the Sisters of Mercy Early Learning Center video.

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