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 ~







Thursday, November 08, 2018

Pix After Classics In The Courtyard

Last Friday, November 2nd I went to our former Alma Mater S.F.X.A., now Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, and enjoyed Classic Pop and County performed by Ralph Miller.  Lunch was offered by The Anthony and was able to sit with Shirley Farrish who graduated a couple of years ahead of us.  This is usually performed the last two Fridays in October and the first two Fridays of November.  It offers a variety of entertainment through different genres of classical music.  Local entertainers and local restaurants provide the music and lunch on Fridays from noon-1:00 p.m. The musical entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $10 per person. Tomorrow will be the last day of the Classics in the Courtyard.  It is amazing to see trees growing on the top court with grass where it is held.  

When it was over with I walked around and took a few pictures and thought you would like to see what it looks like now.  


I'm sure I have drunk water from this fountain many times while I played on the front playground in elementary grades.  If it could only talk.  

I remember going up and down these steps and sitting on them.   

To the playground on the left and top ground to the right to the elementary front door.  A tall fence has been torn down that was around the playground.  

Going under the tunnel.

The other side of the tunnel.

Opposite stairs going to elementary grades to the right and to the left stairs to high school.  Also, stairs to the top court.  

I wrote my name on the wall by my classmate, Myrtle Loviza Curro Alvarado.

Tunnel heading out.  To the right is the entrance to the auditorium and steps to the left to the top court where the Classics In The Courtyard was held.  

Getting ready to leave and have walked this many times in my 12 years at our school going to church or heading home from high school.

I took a picture of the front playground as it looks today.  We graduated almost 60 years ago!  So sad to know that all the Sister of Mercy and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart that taught us are no longer with us as well as some of our classmates who have gone to their heavenly reward from S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S.  I'm looking forward to our 60th Class Reunion in April 2019!  Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

11th Annual "Classics in the Courtyard"



11th Annual “Classics in the Courtyard,” offering a variety of entertainment through different genres of classical music. Local entertainers and local restaurants will provide the music and lunch on Fridays from noon-1:00 p.m.The musical entertainment is sponsored by a generous grant from Entergy Mississippi. The entertainment is provided for free and lunch can be purchased for $10 per person. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the event.
Friday, October 19 – Classics Blues, Rock, Pop and Originals performed by Patrick Smith; Lunch provided by Billy’s Italian Restaurant. Facebook event page.
Friday, October 26 – Classic Rock and Pop performed by Ben Shaw; Lunch provided by 10 South. Facebook event page.
Friday, November 2 – Classic Pop and Country performed by Ralph Miller; Lunch provided by The Anthony. Facebook event page.
Friday, November 9 – Classic Blues, Rock and Originals performed by Lee H. Abraham & the Boone Brothers; Lunch provided by Goldie’s Express. Facebook event page.
This wonderful program is also supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the generous support of Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg, and various appropriations.
For more information or to make reservations for lunch, please call the SCHF office at 601-631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

Spooky Sprint Run/Walk

4th Annual Spooky Sprint 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Congratulations St. Aloysius Lady Flashes!



State Champions:  St. Aloysius soccer players celebrate with the trophy and championship banner after beating Bayou Academy 1-0 on Saturday for the MAIS Division III title.  It is St. Al's second state championship in four seasons.  

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sisters of Mercy Convent - MS Paranormal Society

Mississippi Paranormal Society to A Haunting at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center
September 25, 2018

Sisters of Mercy
Yesterday, I gave the background of the Cobb House. Today, I am going to tell you about the Sisters of Mercy in Vicksburg, MS. I do want to make a quick note: the convent wasn't built until 1868.

In 1863, the school was shuttered as Sisters and families fled into the hills to avoid the cannon fire of the Civil War. After about a month, the Sisters returned to find their former school filled with sick and injured soldiers. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln even called the nuns “Angels of Mercy.” The 3rd floor and the front porch of the Cobb House had been blown off by canon fire. The nuns immediately began providing nursing care which took them out of Vicksburg for several months. During the heaviest battles, the injured were removed to areas of safety and the Sisters accompanied them to continue their care.


A few years later, Vicksburg was in need of a Catholic School because of the large number of Catholics living there. Bishop William H. Elder wrote to Mother Catherine Wynne (who was the 3rd appointed Sister of Mercy after the group was brought from Ireland to the United States). He had known of the work she and her nuns had done, and was impressed enough to ask them to send some of the Sisters of Mercy nuns to Vicksburg, MS and open a school. She agreed, and in 1860, six Sisters of Mercy, led by Sister Mary DeSales Browne, traveled half-way across the country from Baltimore to Vicksburg. The Sisters opened the first school in Vicksburg a few days later. The sisters lived and taught children in the Cobb House and in a stick framed building that sat on the land. 


In 1863, the school was shuttered as Sisters and families fled into the hills to avoid the cannon fire of the Civil War. After about a month, the Sisters returned to find their former school filled with sick and injured soldiers. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln even called the nuns “Angels of Mercy.” The 3rd floor and the front porch of the Cobb House had been blown off by canon fire. The nuns immediately began providing nursing care which took them out of Vicksburg for several months. During the heaviest battles, the injured were removed to areas of safety and the Sisters accompanied them to continue their care.


In 1864, Mother Mary DeSales Browne returned to Vicksburg and reopened the school with 200 students and only four Sisters. What they saw and dealt with then was astonishing and sickening. The city was now under charge of United States General Henry Warner Slocum. He refused to let the sisters back into the Cobb House which housed United States Occupation Soldiers. The sisters begged and pleaded with Slocum to let them take charge of their home, but he refused. They were able to smuggle word out about this, and through contacts and channels, Lincoln's Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, released the home back to the Sisters of Mercy despite Slocum.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

2018 Alumni Fall Fest & Charitable Trust

Charitable Trust
(Click and register above)

Our first-ever Alumni Fall Fest will be an exciting event to celebrate Homecoming Week at Vicksburg Catholic School! On Saturday, October 13, join us for a fish fry, friends, and football on the grounds of St. Aloysius High School. We'll have campus tours at 11:00 a.m. At noon, we'll eat, drink, and catch up with our classmates!
Register for the Alumni Fall Fest and/or order an Alumni Fall Fest Logo T-Shirt (color Ivory by Comfort Colors) by October 1. You may also consider contributing to the Charitable Trust! The Charitable Trust was established in 1983 by the St. Aloysius/St. Francis Alumni Association to benefit the operations of Vicksburg Catholic School. As always, thank you for your generosity. We'll see you soon!

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