Dear Friend of Lourdes,
I am so excited to share about this year’s Gala awardees. Every year, we honor an individual for their educational leadership, another for their example of faith and service, and, lastly, a distinguished alumnus of our school. In their own way, each of this year’s honorees is an outstanding role model for us as parents, educators, and parishioners. This jubilee year, our 60th anniversary invites us to celebrate individuals who have given so much to the legacy of Lourdes.
Just recently, I met Sister Marie Victoriano, IHM. She was the sixth sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to serve as principal at Our Lady of Lourdes. On March 1st it will be a particular honor for me to recognize the educational leadership of Sr. Marie. The foundations of our great school were laid by the IHMs. When we recognize Sr. Marie we will not only highlight her legacy but fruits of all the sisters' labors. When considering Sr. Marie’s legacy it is perhaps seen in her ability to recognize and nurture talented individuals who work wonderfully with our students. Sr. Marie hired our beloved Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. Dabsys, Mr. Gallagher, Mrs. Gasbarro, Mrs. Glaspy, Mrs. Gonyea, Mrs. Orr, and Mrs. Stammer.
Mrs. Marge Terhar, a native of Seattle, joined the Lourdes community is 1971. Four of her seven children attended our parish school. Marge’s decades of selfless service to the Lourdes community and beyond is commendable. She has been a steadfast Women’s Council member and served as the volunteer head of liturgy for many years. Marge founded the altar server training program. Her legacy of faith and service is reflected in her successful grant writing efforts on behalf of the MEND organization.
Our last honoree hails from Furstenfeldbruck, Germany (near Munich). She emigrated to the United States at the age of three in 1954. Her parents were founding parishioners at Lourdes. In 1965 she graduated from our parish school. Through the years, she has served the Lourdes community in so many ways. She has played a role in youth ministry, wedding coordination, and Eucharistic ministering. As a school parent, her daughters Erika and Brittany are both alums and she served as a Festival booth captain for many years. Though her family’s story is woven through the Lourdes community, perhaps her greatest Lourdes legacy will be all the success of so many students to whom she has poured her heart into. This year’s distinguished alumnus is our very own, Mrs. Monika Roberts, 8th grade homeroom teacher extraordinaire.
I hope you will join me and many others at the Warner Center Marriott on March 1st. It will be a night to remember as we celebrate our school’s wonderful legacy and bright future.