The Mother McAuley/Saint Xavier Academy Alumnae Association inducted six women into the McAuley Hall of Honor on Sunday, April 30. Alumnae, friends and supporters of the school joined in the festivities which were held on the school’s campus, located at 3737 W. 99th Street in Chicago.
This year’s honorees are alumnae Kathy Wendt Sudeikis ’64 (Kansas City), Marita Carey Sullivan ’65 (Chicago – Little Village), Kathy Napleton Roche ’68 (Hinsdale), Dr. Bernadette Ryan ’76 (Beverly), Renée Popovits ’82 (Tinley Park) and former faculty member Jean Morman Unsworth (Chicago – Lakeview). Full bios on the 2017 McAuley Hall inductees and a video highlighting them can be read here.
Established in 2013, McAuley Hall is a permanent installation at the school, serving to educate and inspire current and future students and all who visit the school. Inductees into the Hall were chosen from more than 100 nominations.
Fr. Mary O’Donovan began the festivities with Mass for the guests, which was followed by the induction ceremony led by school president, Mary Acker Mary Klingenberger ’75. Afterwards, the celebration continued with a champagne brunch in the student lounge.
“The success of this year’s honorees has been far reaching, and truly inspires greatness,” said Klingenberger. “Whether is it furthering the ministry of Catholic education, or producing groundbreaking work in the arts, science, legal, travel or finance fields, they have channeled their gifts, knowledge, experience and compassion into roles and outcomes that have bettered their workplace, community, or the world. They exemplify the lifetime advantage of a Mother McAuley education,” she continued.
During their acceptance remarks, many of the honorees shared how their McAuley education was infused with opportunities to not only develop their knowledge, but confidence and compassion.
“Being at an all-girls school helped us grown into strong and confident women as the world advanced in welcoming women into the halls of business, government and family life,” shared inductee Kathy Wendt Sudeikis ‘64.
“I learned the accounting trade in college, but I became an educated woman, learning to appreciate art, music and literature at McAuley,” said inductee Marita Carey Sullivan ’65.
“The Mercy nuns instilled in us an obligation to aid those in need, to make a difference in someone's life no matter how small the gesture just as Catherine McAuley did,” shared inductee Kathy Roche Napleton ’68.