Academy of the Immaculate Conception - Pax Yearbook (Ferdinand, IN)
- Class of 1939
Page 1 of 104
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The beautiful A. I. C. High
We've met here to tell you goodbye
Not one day has post
But gladness you've cast
And now we must give a great sigh
The beautiful A. I. C. High
I t's hard now to bid you goodbye
Her stripes white and blue
Are now meant for you
The years seem to pass along too.
How can we ever forget them?
They still hold a place in our hearts
And we will never regret them
Although we know we must part.
And now dear old A. I. C. High
Into the world we will fly
A lifetime was spent
In our four short years
With our beautiful A. I. C. High.
We refer to the Academy as "Our Castle"
because it has often been compared to a castle
of olden days built high upon a hill as was
then customary. It is here, moreover, that
we spent several years of the best part of
our lives, living in the very presence of the
Tabernacle, princesses, indeed, children of
the King. A distinguished visitor to the
Academy several years ago expressed the idea
that viewing the building from a distance it
reminded him of a castle and that as he
drew nearer he became very eager to meet
the princesses who dwelt therein. We have
tried to live up to this ideal during our stay
here and have tried to impress this idea of
living as princesses in the Court of the King
upon the seventy-five underclassmen who
have shared our privileges during the past
We are grateful to our directress, Sister M.
Clarissa, for her guidance and the efforts
she has put forth to keep this ideal ever be-
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We, the Seniors of the Academy of the Im-
maculate Conception, being of sound mind
and memory, and realizing the needs of our
underclassmen, do hereby reluctantly sur-
render the possessions dear to us and do
through this our last will and testament be-
queath to the beneficiaries as follows:
Article I. To the Juniors, our Recreation
Room and our places in the Dining Room pro-
vided they promise to publish the school
paper faithfully each month.
Article II. To the Sophomores, our love for
long assignments and our ability to have
them in on time.
Article III. To the Freshmen, our march-
ing abilities in gym, our dignity, and our
loyalty, love, and gratitude to the Alma
Article IV. We also give and bequeath to
the underclassmen individually the following
I, Billy Ruth Alvey, bequeath to Marjorie
Hayden my domestic abilities, to Barbara
Ann McFall, my privilege of reprimanding
the girls through my "special Corner" in the
I, Frances Bacon, bequeath to Jean Kamer
my dancing feet, to Mercedes Seng, my
many boy friends.
I, Josephine Bickwermert, bequeath to Mary
Vittitow my ability in shorthand, to Eliza-
beth Lasher, my typing ability, to my sister,
Edna, my daily walks up the hill.
I, Kathleen Born, bequeath to Gertrude Gof-
finet my double joints, to Alberta Uebelhor,
my wonderful penmanship, to Nadine
Stumpf, my neat hairdress.
I, Rachel Cushing, bequeath to Rita Manske
my changeable tresses, to Dorothy Herbst,
my week-end visits.
I, Wilma Davis, bequeath to Justine Holmes
my debating abilities, to Lorraine Kistner,
my ability to keep a secret, to Cecelia Ann
Farmer, my dignified gait.
I, Marcia Feder, bequeath to Betty Ann
Smith my adherence to health rules, to
Elizabeth Lasher, my dimples, to Mildred
Jean Arvin, my demureness.
I, Mary Catherine Finis, bequeath to Mary
Wermeister my grocery supplies, to Mary
Vittitow, my privilege of lending assistance
in the gym and music departments.
I, Marian Forster, bequeath to Hazel Powers
my skill on the basketball team, to Barbara
Wellinger, my exemplary conduct.
I, Doris Gallagher, bequeath to Leona Wal-
dhier my weekly bundle of newspaper clip-
pings, to Roberta Beyersdorfer my position
as editor of the school paper, to Betty Blan-
kenberger, my talkativeness.
I, Martha Hentz, bequeath to Leola Rietman
my artistic inclinations, to Dorothy Thorn-
berry, my loyalty to the Alma Mater.
I, Betty Lou Miles, bequeath to Rita Craig
my fan mail, to Leonarda Weyer, my tele-
I, Mary Agnes Mitchell, bequeath to Frances
Market my saxophoneg to Mary Ann Buech-
ler, my studiousness.
I, Mary McCormick, bequeath to Betty Myers
my awkwardnessg to Bernadine Humbert,
I, Mary Louise Pirnat, bequeath to Angeline
Arvin the duty of making the Mass slips each
weekg to Edna Madlon, my athletic ability.
I, Dorothy Sare, bequeath to Esther Gaunt,
my abilities at mimicryg to Cecelia Hall, my
love for study.
I, Edith Schneider, bequeath to Ruth Schnur
my ability to get into mischiefg to Geneva
Spayd, my giggles.
I, Marie Sprug, bequeath to Margaret Zeyen
my frequent visits homey to Mary Margaret
Devault my task of cutting stencils.
I, Lillian Stippler, bequeath to Anna Mae
Rees my wit and clevernessg to Betty Ann
Alvey, my private room.
I, Ruth Mary Blank, bequeath to Bernice
Horney my stature 3 to Wilma Walls, my
speed in shorthand.
I, Mary Catherine Cleaver, bequeath to Mar-
garet Howe my baby faceg to Betty Wagner,
my scholarly attainments.
I, Alma Bolte, bequeath to Lorraine Mitchell
my sparkling eyesg to Anne Wissel, my place
in the bookkeeping class.
I, Marcella Schipp, bequeath to Anna Lucille
Lattner my ability to get along well with
othersg to Wilma Bezy, my typewriter.
The remainder of our personal estate we give
and bequeath to all our friends here at the
Academy to be equally shared and enjoyed.
Lastly: We hereby nominate and appoint
Sister M. Clarissa to be the executor, without
bond, of this our last will and testament, and
we hereby revoke all former wills and testa-
In witness whereof we have subscribed our
names and affixed our seal this fourth day
of June in the year of our Lord, One Thou-
sand Nine Hundred Thirty-nine.
THE SENIORS, 1939
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Sunday, September 11, 1938, was set for the registra-
tion of students at the A. I. C.
Cars loaded with happy girls wended their way up
the A. I. C. lane to the Castle on the Hill.
Girls of preceding years, eager to renew their past
friendships, and the new girls, happy in their first
great adventure in boarding school life, were bustling
around here, there, and everywhere. One hundred
ten pupils were enrolled in the various classes. As
the new girls were assigned to their rooms, old girls
were on hand to direct them to their new quarters
and help them to "unpack and arrange lockers and
rooms" while on the grounds and through the build-
ing wandered groups of girls meeting old friends,
making new acquaintances, or meeting their new
All the girls fell in line when the supper bell sound-
ed and after a little social session after supper they
finally settled to rest.
The morning, September 12, found them all at Mass
in honor of the Holy Ghost, preparing for the new
school year in just the right way.
The Big Treat
Once again there were heard pep songs, popular
swing songs, old reminiscences of songs of by-gone
days, as the Faculty and the Student Body rolled
along in trucks to Monte Cassino where the annual
fall outing was held, October 11. The Student Body
sang the High Mass at which Reverend Father Wil-
liam ofiiciated. All the girls received Holy Com-
munion in the little chapel on the hill. After break-
fast the girls made the pilgrimage to the chapel.
The rest of the morning was spent in romping
through the woods, playing baseball and other games.
Dinner was served at 11:30. A hike to the mon-
astery and an inspection tour through the buildings
completed the afternoon. The Seniors also attended
a lecture given by Thomas B. Morgan on Hitler and
Mussolini. Once more sandwiches and ice cream
were served before we returned to Our Castle on the
Hill, very tired, but happy one and all.
Surprise! What was the surprise? On Saturday,
October 15, a mysterious meeting was called for
2:00 P. M. in the Recreation Room. Low and behold!
it turned out to be the initiation of the Freshies.
Imagine their surprise as well as the surprise of all
the rest of the student body who were not in on the
secret. Sister Clarissa had entrusted the initiation
pranks to the members of the Student Spiritual
Council and they had kept their secret well. All hats
are off to the Freshies for being such good sports.
We know they will always be loyal to their Alma
Mater after becoming full-fledged members.
Senior Surprises Her Classmates
The Seniors gave up another of their class on Octo-
ber 13 when Rita Kress of Dayton, Ohio who had
been here four years entered the Novitiate of St.
Benedict. Her entering was a surprise to all of us
and we were sorry to see her leave, but it is to a
"far better life that she goes." Rita makes the eighth
one of the present Senior class to enter the Novitiate.
The Seniors are proud to have so many represent
their class and wish success and happiness to all of
them. In the Sodality, Rita was Chairman of the
Literary Committee. She was a great sport enthu-
siast and a member of the Glee Club. All in all Rita
was a commendable student and our good wishes
accompany her in her chosen state.
On September 25 the Seniors attended the National
Rural Life Conference held at Vincennes, Indiana.
It looks as though the Seniors might all settle down
to a nice, quiet life of a farmer's wife. At all events
they can at least say they attended the original Farm
and Home Hour with Everett Mitchell personally
officiating at the program.
On November 5, Martha Hentz attended the State
Catholic Art Exhibit held at Marian College,
Indianapolis, Indiana. Several pictures were entered
by the art students here.
Again Indianapolis was the destination of Doris Gal-
lagher, Lillian Stippler, and Mary Louise Pirnat
who attended the National Scholastic Press Associa-
A. I .C. ACTIVITIES
A. I. C. ACTIVITIES
tion Convention which was held there November
10-12. This convention was for those interested in
Journalism, Newspaper Writing and Yearbook Writ-
Christmas holidays at the A. I. C. were anticipated
with a real Christmas party. Of cour e, Santa Claus
was the guest of honor. And oh! what a nice fat
and jolly Santa Claus he was. No soot, no sir-ee-e,
for you see, he did not have to come down the chim-
ney. He just walked into the Recreation Room
and brought his sled right in with him. The
reindeer? He left them outside. His sled was
chucked full of boxes. The old Recreation Room
must have dazed old Santa for he paused as he
entered. He didn't know, of course, that the old
"Rec" could look so nice. The tables were attractive
with yule logs and candles and pine decorations.
The favors were red and green sleds, with a stick of
candy tied securely to each one. Then came pop
corn balls and ice cream and cake to complete the
Mr. Chase, the photographer, took pictures of the
whole group. He wanted to help Santa Claus too,
so he treated the whole party to oranges.
Why does Christmas come but once a year?
Before the refreshments were served the following
program was given:
Orchestra .......... .... w ith Christmas Chorus
Holly Greeting .... .......... R ita Manske
A Big Wish ....... .... M artha Hentz
Mrs. Santa Claus . . . .......... Cecelia Hall
A Little Girl ....... . . . ......... Nadine Stumpf
Harp Solo ................ Mary Louise Carnahan
Merry Christmas Wish ........... Doris Gallagher
Harp Solo ............. ............. A nn Wissel
Christus Natus Est. .Faculty, Harp Accompaniment
Santa's Secretary . ...................... Playlet
Santa Claus really came in person to recheck on the
A. I. C. girls. How he knew the many naughty
things they did proves that Santa Claus does snoop
The Beloved Crusader
On Sunday, December 11, the girls enjoyed a visit to
St. Meinrad to see the dramatization of the life of
Saint Anthony. The play was called "The Beloved
Crusader" and depicted the life of Saint Anthony
from his entrance into the Franciscan Order until
his death. It was very instructive and inspiring.
Seniors Pictures Taken
Combing hair, making the adjustments in various
ways were really necessary before the Seniors could
have their pictures taken on Saturday, January 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Chase, the photographers of Hunting-
burg, invited the class for the day and this made
it a real gala day. So along with the nervous task
of sitting just so, chin up, shoulders back, arm back,
came entertainment and a sumptuous dinner and
supper. As a climax the girls attended an intensely
interesting basketball game at the Huntingburg
High School gymnasium between Evansville and
Huntingburg. The graduates are unanimous in their
appreciation and thanks to their host and hostess,
Mr. and Mrs. Irving Chase, for their hospitality and
Forty Hours' Devotion
Three great days have just gone down in the history
of the A. I. C. They were the Forty Hours' Devo-
tion. The Seniors looked very scholarly in their caps
and gowns as they marched in the procession of the
Blessed Sacrament. Sunday and Monday night from
9:00 to 10:00 the girls kept vigil before the
Blessed Sacrament. For some of the girls it was
the first watch and for the Seniors it was the last,
so let the memories of these hours be cherished for-
ever in your hearts.
Faculty Day is a day to be remembered by all. The
various classes prepared a program for the Faculty
which was presented on May 10 in the Recreation
Room. The Recreation Room was decorated in pink
and blue and the tables for the Sisters were arranged
around an imaginary stage. Each class program
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met with great applause, and the afternoon was
brought to a close with ice cream and cake.
In the evening Ernie Berger from Jasper gave a
program in the Assembly. Several accordion solos,
tap dancing, singing, two piano solos completed the
On May 16 on Tuesday, Sisters Clarissa and Mary
James took the Seniors who had spent four years
at the A. I. C. on a special outing. Putting up with
the A. I. C. for four years should merit a reward,
says Si ter Clarissa. So they got it. The party went
to Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, Indiana.
Fun! They had it, and eats, too.
Sure we'll tell you who the lucky ones were: Wilma
Davis, Marian Forster, Josephine Bickwermert,
Kathleen Born, Marcia Feder, Mary Catherine Finis,
Martha Hentz, Mary Agnes Mitchell, Mary Louise
Pirnat, Lillian Stippler, and Frances Bacon.
The feast of the Ascension, May 18, was the best
day for the Senior banquet. At 6:00 the Seniors
lined up and drew names of the Faculty whom they
were to escort to the banquet. That's exciting, you
know. The Wissel girls and Betty Braun played the
entrance march on violin, cello, and piano.
The meal was served in courses. The menu: chili
soup, fried chicken, creamed potatoes, mixed vege-
tables, pineapple-peach salad, carmel nut ice cream,
angel food cake, and coffee.
The decorations were beautiful-mostly in pink.
The musical trio entertained throughout the meal.
Friday, May 26, the Seniors had their last social
affair together. For a week Sister Mary Albert
and the girls worked to get the Recreation Room in
spic and span order and that's just the way the
room looked. This time there was no crepe paper,
but instead beautiful ferns, large vases of peonies
and other natural flowers made the "old rec" look
like a work of art in nature.
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A. I. C. ACTIVITIES
Ernie Berger and his orchestra played for the dance.
No one was permitted on the floor except the Seniors.
Five cents admission was charged underclassmen to
view the dance and to hear the orchestra.
Pentecost Monday is always a free day as you well
know, so the Seniors and Faculty used the day for
Spring Mill Park was a spot too tempting to over-
look, so plans were made for just that spot and no
A whole day of running along trails, daring caves
and visiting the quaint village. There's no need to
recount the food. Fun and more fun.
Tuesday morning, the day after the outing! But
there was no time to humor stiff limbs and sore
muscles. Cars waited to take the Seniors to St.
Meinrad to the Ordination. The Seniors remained
there until evening at which time they had to hurry
home for the class night program.
At eight o'clock the organ pealed forth into a beauti-
ful march played by Peggy Wissel and very slowly
the Seniors marched into the Assembly attired in
their white caps and gowns. Upon reaching their
places on the stage they sang the beautiful song,
"The Angelus," the song they had chosen for their
class song. The class prophecy was then read by Bet-
ty Braun. Wilma Davis recited the class poem, "Gar-
den of Love," which was written by Rita Craig.
Martha Hentz read the Class Will and the curtain
closed upon the first part of the Class Night
The trio played several beautiful numbers while the
Seniors prepared for their play. Finally the curtain
rose and the Seniors presented a hilarious comedy
entitled "The Land of Tomorrow." Characters rang-
ing from a Turkish wife to the President of the
United States were depicted by the various members
of the class. The program closed by singing a song
written especially for the occasion. And so we came
to "the end of a perfect day."
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On Wednesday night the Music, Commercial, and
Athletic awards were given to the various students.
Too much applause makes hands sore and that's what
Refreshments topped off the evening.
One one-year scholarship to Marian College,
Indianapolis, Indiana was awarded to Miss Martha
Hentz of Madison, Indiana. A two-year scholarship
to Mt. St. Joseph Junior College of Maple Mount,
Kentucky to Miss Josephine Bickwermert of Ferdi-
nand, Indiana and another two-year scholarship to
Mt. St. Joseph Junior College to Miss Lillian Stipp-
ler of Evansville, Indiana.
The following Commercial awards were distributed:
The 140-word Transcription pin to Mary Louise
Pirnat, Lillian Stippler, Ruth Mary Blank, and
The 120-word Transcription pin to Frances Bacon,
Josephine Bickwermert, Ruth Mary Blank, Kathleen
Casper, Marcia Feder, Marian Forster, Doris Gal-
lagher, Mary Louise Pirnat, Kathleen Born, and Lil-
The 100-word Certificate for Transcription to Fran-
ces Bacon, Josephine Bickwermert, Ruth Mary Blank,
Alma Bolte, Kathleen Born, Mary Louise Carnahan,
Kathleen Casper, Mary Catherine Cleaver, Rachel
Cushing, Marcia Feder, Marian Forster, Doris Gal-
lagher, Betty Lou Miles, Mary Louise Pirnat, Mar-
cella Schipp, and Lillian Stippler.
The eighty-word certificate for Transcription to
The sixty-word certificate for Transcription to An-
geline Arvin in Shorthand I.
The 70-word certificate for typewriting to Angeline
Arvin, Josephine Bickwermert, and Mary Louise Pir-
The 60-word certificate for typewriting to Betty
Wagner, Angeline Arvin, Josephine Bickwermert,
Ruth Mary Blank, Alma Bolte, Kathleen Born, Mar-
cia Feder, Marian Forster, Doris Gallagher, Mary
Louise Pirnat, Marie Sprug, Lillian Stippler.
The 50-word gold pin for typewriting to Wilma
Davis, Edna Madlon, Betty Myers, Betty Wagner,
Wilma Walls, Leonarda Weyer, Frances Bacon,
Josephine Bickwermert, Ruth Mary Blank, Alma
Bolte, Kathleen Born, Mary Louise Carnahan, Kath-
leen Casper, Mary Catherine Cleaver, Rachel Cush-
ing, Marcia Feder, Marian Forster, Doris Gallagher,
Betty Lou Miles, Mary Louise Pirnat, Marcella
Schipp, Marie Sprug, and Lillian Stippler.
The 40-word certificate for typewriting to Angeline
Arvin, Betty Blankenberger, Wilma Walls, Justine
Holmes, Cecelia Mae Kress, Edna Madlon, Betty
Myers, Alberta Uebelhor, Betty Wagner, Mary Wer-
meister, Leonarda Weyer, Frances Bacon, Josephine
Bickwermert, Ruth Mary Blank, Alma Bolte, Kath-
leen Born, Mary Louise Carnahan, Kathleen Casper,
Mary Catherine Cleaver, Rachel Cushing, Marcia
Feder, Marian Forster, Doris Gallagher, Betty Lou
Miles, Mary Agnes Mitchell. Mary Louise Pirnat,
Marcella Schipp, Marie Sprug, and Lillian Stippler.
The 30-Word certificate for typewriting to Betty Ann
Alvey, Angeline Arvin, Wilma Bezy, Betty Blanken-
berger, Rita Craig, Wilma Davis, Justine Holmes,
Cecelia Mae Kress, Edna Madlon, Mary McCormick,
Betty Myers, Leola Rietman, Mercedes Seng, Alberta
Uebelhor, Betty Wagner, Wilma Walls, Mary Wer-
meister, Leonarda Weyer, Frances Bacon, Josephine
Bickwermert, Ruth Mary Blank, Alma Bolte, Kath-
leen Born, Mary Louise Carnahan, Kathleen Casper,
Mary Catherine Cleaver, Rachel Cushing, Mary Mar-
garet Devault, Marcia Feder, Marian Forster, Doris
Gallagher, Betty Lou Miles, Mary Agnes Mitchell,
Mary Louise Pirnat, Marcella Schipp, Marie Sprug,
Lillian Stippler, and Dorothy Sare.
The Junior O. A. T. Certificate for artistic typing to
Betty Ann Alvey, Angeline Arvin, Wilma Bezy,
Betty Blankenberger, Rita Craig, Wilma Davis,
Justine Holmes, Cecelia Mae Kress, Edna Madlon,
Mary McCormick, Betty Myers, Leola Rietman, Mer-
cedes Seng, Alberta Uebelhor, Betty Wagner, Wilma
Walls, Mary Wermeister, Leonarda Weyer, Frances
Bacon, Josephine Bickwermert, Ruth Mary Blank,
Alma Bolte, Kathleen Born, Mary Louise Carnahan,
Kathleen Casper, Mary Catherine Cleaver, Rachel
Cushing, Marcia Feder, Marian Forster, Doris Gal-
lagher, Betty Lou Miles, Mary Louise Pirnat, Mar-
cella Schipp, Marie Sprug, Lillian Stippler, and
The Senior O. A. T. Certificate for superior skill in
artistic typing to Angeline Arvin, Betty Blanken-
berger, Wilma Davis, Justine Holmes, Edna Madlon,
Betty Myers, Alberta Uebelhor, Betty Wagner,
Wilma Walls, Mary Wermeister, Leonarda Weyer,
Frances Bacon, Josephine Bickwermert, Ruth Mary
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Carnahan, Kathleen Casper, Mary Catherine Clea-
ver, Rachel Cushing, Marcia Feder, Marian Forster,
Doris Gallagher, Betty Lou Miles, Mary Louise Pir-
nat, Marcella Schipp, Marie Sprug, Lillian Stippler,
and Dorothy Sare.
The Junior O. G. A. Pin for shorthand penmanship
to Angeline Arvin, Betty Blankenberger, Rita Craig,
Justine Holmes, Cecelia Mae Kress, Mary McCor-
mick, Betty Myers, Leola Rietman, Mercedes Seng,
Alberta Uebelhor, Betty Wagner, Mary Wermeister,
Leonarda Weyer, Ruth Mary Blank, and Mary Louise
The Senior 0. G. A. pin for superior skill in short-
hand penmanship to Angeline Arvin, Betty Blanken-
berger, Justine Holmes, Betty Myers, Mercedes Seng,
Alberta Uebelhor, Betty Wagner, Wilma Walls,
Mary Wermeister, Josephine Bickwermert, Ruth
Mary Blank, Alma Bolte, Mary Catherine Cleaver,
Rachel Cushing, Marcia Feder, Marian Forster,
Mary Louise Pirnat, Marcella Schipp, and Lillian
The Complete Theory Certificate for Shorthand to
Frances Bacon, Josephine Bickwermert, Ruth Mary
Blank, Alma Boite, Kathleen Born, Kathleen Casper,
Mary Catherine Cleaver, Rachel Cushing, Marcia
Feder, Marian Forster, Doris Gallagher, Betty Lou
Miles, Mary Louise Pirnat, Marcella Schipp, and
A contest was conducted in both first and second
shorthand and typewriting and prizes offered to the
three highest in each event. The winners were the
following: Shorthand I-Leonarda Weyer, Angeline
Arvin, and Betty Wagner. Shorthand II--Kathleen
Casper, Doris Gallagher, and Frances Bacon. Type-
writing I-Angeline Arvin, Wilma Davis, and Betty
Wagner. Typewriting II-Mary Louise Pirnat,
Marie Sprug, and Ruth Mary Blank.
The following awards in Music were given:
The gold pin for Theory to Margaret Rose Walsh,
Cyrilla Senninger, Mary Alice Ringeman, Betty
Braun, Margaret Wissel, Ann Wissel, Mary Cather-
ine Finis, Betty Rose Egloff, Ruth Mary Blank,
Mary Helen Crawford, Edna Bickwermert, Marjorie
A. I. C. ACTIVITIES
A. I. C. ACTIVITIES
Rietman, Juanita Helfrich, Dorothy Sare, Betty Ann
Alvey, and Mary Wermeister.
The winners in the Scale Contest are Margaret
Wissel, and Mary Alice Ringeman.
Memory Contest winners were Margaret Wissel-
120 pages, Anne Wissel-101 pages, Betty Braun-
Awards were given for gym work as follows:
An award to Wilma Davis and Marian Forster,
winners of the doubles in Tennis, and to Mary Louise
Pirnat, winner of the singles.
To Mary Louise Pirnat, the winner of the Track
In Volley ball an award to Mary Catherine Finis,
Mary Louise Pirnat, Marian Forster, Frances Bacon,
Edith Schneider, and Wilma Davis.
In the Ladder tournament in volley ball, the award
for first place to Mary Catherine Finis, Mary Louise
Pirnat, Marian Forster, Frances Bacon, Edith
Schneider, and Wilma Davis. The award for second
place to Angeline Arvin, Justine Holmes, Betty
Wagner, Roberta Beyersdorfer, Mary Schnur,
Geneva Spayd, Betty Braun, and Mary Wermeister.
Baseball awards were given to Angeline Arvin,
Justine Holmes, Betty Wagner, Roberta Beyersdor-
fer, Mary Schnur, Geneva Spayd, Betty Braun,
Wilma Walls, and Mary Wermeister.
The award for the highest number of points-1'!26-
was given to Mildred Jean Arvin, Freshman.
Gym Class was called to order with Sister Mary
Robert back on the job. This year there are 37
Freshmen and a combined class of 26 Sophomores,
Juniors, and Seniors. The latter have class on
Monday and Wednesday while the Freshmen have
class on Tuesday and Friday.
At the beginning of the semester the gym is crowd-
ed every evening with girls eager to achieve the
volley ball technique.
Hike to the Stone Quarry
On September 29, the underclassmen with Sister
Mary Robert as chaperone, hiked to the stone quarry
where the Freshies had their first experience in ex-
ploring caves. Fatigued from this their first long
hike they fairly tumbled into their beds which never
before looked so inviting.
A. I. C. ACTIVITIES
Second Hike of the Semester
Although they declared they never wanted to take
another long hike, the Freshies were eager to accom-
pany the other classes when a hike was planned to
the highway, a distance of about three miles. After
stopping for refreshments, the group was picked up
by the Convent truck and taken for a truck ride
through the country. No doubt, the Freshies have
changed their ideas about hiking by this time.
Seniors Win Tournament
To the strains of a pep song, the Seniors went
parading around the house announcing their victory
in the volley ball tournament. The last game of the
tournament was played against the Junior team,
making the Juniors second and the Seniors
There were six teams participating in the tourna-
ment, namely Freshman A, Freshman B, Junior,
Sophomore, Town Girl, and the Senior teams. Each
team played the other team two games out of three
to determine the winner. By the process of elimina-
tion all teams were eliminated by the Juniors and
Seniors. The Juniors had already been defeated by
the Seniors, so this game would tell the tale of
victory for the Seniors or another chance for the
Juniors. The teams were evenly matched and con-
sequently a very exciting game was witnessed by
the students. After a hard iight the Seniors won out
by a score of 35-15. Throughout the tournament
the Seniors had not been defeated, so they now hold
a record that has not often been attained in the
A. I. C. before.
All teams were to be congratulated on their excellent
sportmanship throughout the tournament.
Once again the gym was a scene of action. Some
interesting games of volley ball were played during
the time of this tournament. "Sister Mary Robert,
we challenge the Juniors." "Sister, please when do
we play the Town Girls?" "Sister are we going to
play tonight?" These are just a few of the questions
our gym teacher had to answer many times during
The winner of this tournament is the team that
accomplishes the difficult feat of remaining at the
top of the ladder for five successive games. Again
the Seniors were the victors.
Second Ladder Tournament
In order to give the underclassmen a chance to win,
another ladder tournament was scheduled for the
week before the Easter holidays. As the teams now
were more evenly matched the games were intensely
interesting and each game a hard ight. However,
after a week of hard work the Juniors won this
At last the anxiously awaited baseball season has
arrived. At any time after 3:15 in the afternoon
and between 6:00 and 7:00 in the evening enthu-
siastic cheering could be heard on the courts
where some of the teams were battling for victory.
From the beginning of the tourney it seemed as
though either the Freshies or the Juniors would be
the victors, and so it finally came about that the
Freshies and Juniors were left to battle out the ilnal
score. And a battle it was to the end which brought
victory to the Juniors.
In the track meet various events took place-the
running and standing broad jumps, the running and
standing high jumps, the distance throw, and balanc-
ing. Although many girls took part in these events,
Mary Louise Pirnat, was the winner having earned
Although the girls had been practicing tennis
throughout the spring, and many good players were
developed, the tournament which took place toward
the end of May was won by Marian Forster and
Wilma Davis in the doubles, and by Mary Louise Pir-
nat in the singles.
Progress of Our Library
The library was opened on November 13, 1936, with
little over 700 books. Today, October 28, 1938, the
number of books has passed the 3,000 markg all of
them are classified, cuttered and more than two-
thirds of them catalogued. The Dewey Decimal clas-
sification is used and also Akers method of catalogue-
ing. Twenty-six periodicals are subscribed to by the
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school, of which twenty-four are bound and kept in
the library. Among the biggest collections of books
are those on Literature, General References, Music,
Church History, and Fiction.
All the furniture is of the color school brown. The
shelves are 6 feet 10 inches in height and the tables
and chairs are from the Jasper Chair and The Jasper
Desk Company. On the walls hang three of Sister
Gregory's masterpieces. One represents Our Lord
as presented to the people by Pilate when he said,
"Ecce Homo." Another represents St. Joseph with
the Christ Child about the age of eight years. This
picture hangs in the library as a continued act of
thanksgiving to St. Joseph for the help he rendered
in equipping the library with books and furniture.
The third is a picture of St. Benedict holding his
On the counterheight shelving that holds the General
Reference books, stands the statue of Our Lady of
Lourdes with Bernadette, who is represented as a
real peasant girl.
It has been estimated by our librarian, Sister
Therese, that an average number of 80 books leave
the room in one day and as many as 40 to 60 refer-
ence books are used. 0ne of the most popular books
this year among the elders is "Brother Petroc's Re-
turn." This is so constantly in demand that it hasn't
been on the shelf since June 13, 1938. Among the fic-
tion, "The Rosary," by Florence Barclay. Mary
Roberts Rheinhart's books are excellent, especially
"The Circular Staircase." Myrtle Reed and Harold
Bell Wright are other popular authors.
The Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Paul's School in
Tell City are starting a library and have 500 to
600 books. Toward the collection the A. I. C. library
has contributed four sets of reference books and in
all about 38 volumes.
The library is making a collection of scrapbooks
based on literature and religion, but others have
been worked on. Elizabeth Lasher has been work-
ing on those of "The Tale of Two Cities," "Romeo
and Juliet," "Jane Eyre" and "Lorna Doone."
The worn-out books are rebound by Sister Georgina.
About 500 volumes of these books, therefore, are in
A. I. C. ACTIVITIES
A. I. C. ACTIVITIES
No idle hands canvbe tolerated in the busy workshop
of the Music Department at the A. I. C. Sisters
Cyrilla, Mary Robert, and Mary Anthony were busi-
ly occupied with the twenty-five pianists, six organ-
ists, two harpists, and thirty-five other students who
struggled with various other orchestral instruments.
Then there were Harmony classes, Theory classes,
and Music History classes.
The A. I. C. Orchestra
The A. I. C. Orchestra, composed of twenty-four
members, worked hard and faithfully this year un-
der the able direction of Sister M. Cyrilla. The
group participated in the Sectional Contest held at
Huntingburg, Indiana, April 16 and won second
place. Throughout the year they have lent willing
assistance at the various entertainments. In Novem-
ber they played at Dale, Indiana and at Ferdinand
for the Christmas program. The Sodality is espe-
cially grateful for the music furnished throughout
Directress-Sister M. Cyrilla, O.S.B.
Mary Catherine Finis
Margaret Rose Walsh
Mary Louise Carnahan
Mary Louise Pirnat
B Flat Clarinet
Ruth Mary Blank
Mary Alice Ringeman
Betty Ann Smith
Betty Jane Braun
C Melody Saxophone
Mary Helen Crawford
Betty Rose Egloff
E Flat Alto Saxophone
Mary Agnes Mitchell
Mildred Jean Arvin
Honors to Alma Mater
Margaret and Ann Wissel of Indianapolis, and Betty
Jane Braun of Evansville competed in the State
Music Contest held at Bloomington, Indiana on
A. I. C. ACTIVITIES
March 30. Margaret Wissel at the violin, Ann Wis-
sel at the cello, and Betty Braun at the piano won
for themselves hrst place in the trio ensemble play-
ing C Minor Trio by Beethoven. They were each
awarded a gold medal.
Margaret Wissel in a piano solo selection, playing
Verdi-Liszt's Riggoletto, also won first place and was
awarded a gold medal.
Ann Wissel, in a cello solo, playing Allegro-Apasio-
nata by Saint Saens won second place and was
awarded a silver medal.
The Alma Mater was truly proud of the achieve-
ments of the three contestants for after all is said
and done to have three students bring home tive
medals in one contest is no small thing.
National Music Contest
The winners of the State Music Contest were eligible
to compete in the National Music Contest held at
Indianapolis May 18-20. The trio was awarded
second place and earned for itself a silver medal.
Margaret Wissel again won first place in the honor
rating and carried away the gold medal. Ann Wis-
sel won second place and was awarded a silver
medal. Again the Alma Mater extends to the three
music students her sincerest and best congratulations
for the honors bestowed upon the school through
the good showing made at the Regional National
School Music Competition Festival, 1939.
A Robe for the King
On Sunday, March 19, Sister Cyrilla staged a Len-
ten play, A Robe for the King. It was also called
Veronica's Veil, which gives one an idea of the cen-
tral theme. The girls taking part in the play were:
Angeline Arvin, Betty Braun, Betty Wagner, Mar-
garet Rose Walsh, Mary Louise Pirnat, and Frances
Market. The orchestra played, too. The harp was
used to accompany the singing in the play. There
seemed one thing wrong-it did not last long enough.
The students in the Art Department accorded a vote
of thanks to Sister Claudia for her patient, careful,
and cheerful guidance throughout the year. The
display of placques, charcoal drawings, and oil paint-
ings is certain proof of the honest and earnest en-
deavors of the Art Class.
To Martha Hentz, Mary Schnur, Billy Ruth Alvey,
Mary Vittitow, and Roberta Beyersdorfer thank
are due for the collection of poster made throughout
the year. The Sodality is especially grateful for the
interesting, artistic and meaningful posters made
for Vocation Week.
Restless girls, watching the clock,
Banging drawers, giving books a sock.
Whispering and giggling, ohl what is it all?
It's nearly 8:15 in the Study Hall.
Some of them studying, cramming for exams
Some of them just trying to keep out of jams.
There's passing of notes behind Sister's back.
There are idle thoughts of Jim and of Jack.
The hands of the clock move slowly on
While many a girl stifles a yawn.
They bend o'er their books, pretending to work
When really their duties, they're trying to shirk.
The hand hits the quarter-mark, the stampede begins.
The chairs are pushed back, up come those chins.
And to the "lavs" all the girls start to run
To iight for a tub, which shouldn't be done.
The baths are all taken. It's time for bed
And by now surely all prayers have been said.
Has a miracle happened? No, not at all
But finally it's quiet in the STUDY HALL!!
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A. I. C. Unit Mission Activities
"THE SACRED HEART FOR THE WORLD-
THE WORLD FOR THE SACRED HEART!"
ATTENTION! HARK! the CRUSADE HERALD announces the
Reverend Stephen A. Levin, Catholic Street Preacher of Oklahoma!
To Father Levin fell the honor of inaugurating this year's Crusade program. And a
happy concurrence it was, for the fire and enthusiasm engendered by this zealous young
priest-Crusader has borne fruit throughout the year. His charming and unassuming
manner carried the Crusaders to a high pitch of zeal for souls.
The first official meeting was held, October 7. The following officers were installed:
President-Zelma Wethington, Vice President--Angeline Arving Treasurer-Margaret
Wisselg Secretary-Betty Rose Egloff. For the benefit of the new girls, Sister Freder-
ica, C.S.M.C. Moderator, explained the regulations, requirements, aims, and purposes
of the Catholic Students' Mission Crusade. The new girls were accepted as proba-
tioners for reception into the C.S.M.C. on Mission Sunday. Keen interest and earnest-
ness presages a great Mission year at the A.I.C.
MISSION SUNDAY, the annual festal day of the C.S.M.C., was initiated by the
Reverend Chaplain, Father William, O.S.B. In the tone of the true missionary, Father
William expounded the three-fold mission program of PRAYER-WORK-SACRIFICE.
"Live as Christ lived! Pray as He prayed! Work and Sacrifice as He worked and
sacrificed and your life will be crowned with success!" was his prophetic message.
Immediately after Vespers thirty-nine members were admitted into the Crusade
organization. An inspiring part of the program was the processional march of the
Ladies of the Crusade led by the officers in uniform. The Crusade banner and the
American Hag iioated high as they were borne by the Crusade officers, and formed
beautifully the points of the shield formation when the march was halted. During the
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Crusade pledge was taken by all the Crusaders.
"The Sacred Heart for the World! The World for the Sacred Heart!" rang with vigor
and enthusiasm as the Ladies of the Crusade saluted their King of the Crusade.
Memories of this, their first Mission Sunday as Crusaders will live in the hearts of the
Ladies of A.I.C. Castle.
At 3 P.M. the Reverend John N. Dudine, pastor of Saint Elizabeth's Church, Louisville,
Kentucky, showed his mission films. Last year's class were gratified and thrilled to
see again the pictures of their Initiation and Rally, May fourth.
Regular roll call and mission meeting was held at 7 P.M. Just a short meeting Q?J and
then our Sister Moderator gave an inspiring talk on "God Always Gives us Real
Heroes." Thus ended a perfect day.
THE CHRISTMAS PARTY AT SAINT RITA'S SCHOOL HALL-was the biggest
Crusade event of the first semester. One hundred eighty Catholic Colored children of
Indianapolis took part in this Christmas fiesta. Weeks of planning, work and sacrifice
preceded the eventg and thus 180 gifts and 180 stockings filled with goodies were ready
for the party. Last year's Christmas dream had been realized. Many of the A.I.C.
girls who had planned to be at Saint Rita's on the afternoon of December 28, were
prevented by the austere cold which came on so suddenly. Those present were: Mary
Catherine Finis, Margaret Wissel, Ann Wissel, and Roberta Beyersdorfer-Indianapolis5
Wilma Davis-Columbusg Betty Rose Eglofl'-Vincennes.
Christmas carols were sung by the children, a Christmas movie was shown by Father
Mootzg and Santa was there, of course, to help our Moderator and Crusaders distribute
the treat. The Reverend Bernard Gerdon was a most welcome guest. The C.S.M.C.
Unit of Saint Meinrad Seminary was represented by: the President-Mr. Eugene
Weidman, and Messrs. Paul English, James Moriarty, and John Reidy of Indianapolisg
the Reverend Ambrose Schneider-Jasper, Mr. Adolph Egloff-Vincennesg and Mr.
A. J. Schwabington of Louisville, Kentucky. The A.I.C. Crusaders acknowledge a
double debt of gratitude to Mr. Weidman and his Unit for their cooperation.
The most gratifying part of the project was the assurance given our C.S.M.C. Unit by
the Reverend Leonard Wernsing, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools. After a short
informal harangue, most friendly and spirited, with the Colored Children, Father
Wernsing spoke on the true spirit of Christmas-which draws no color lines. Father
Wernsing told the little folks to remember always that before God all persons are equal
and that the Christ Child inspires the hearts of others to help those in need and to
bring cheer and gladness to the neglected and forgotten ones. He said that today's
festive event was a fine example of Catholic Actiong and he praised very highly the
Ferdinand C.S.M.C. Unit for engendering such true Catholicity among its members.
Father Strange, pastor of Saint Rita's. assured the Ferdinand Crusaders that their
efforts were truly commendable and most successful, and that in the name of Saint
Rita's School, he wanted them to know that Saint Rita's would always owe a debt of
gratitude for the splendid afternoon as well as the fine spirit of the Crusaders of
the A.I.C. '
Mission Speakers appear at the A. I. C. Castle every month
The first and second mission speakers have already been heralded They were the
Reverend Stephen A. Levin of Oklahoma and the Reverend John N Dudine of Louis
November brought us the Reverend Felix N. Pitt, Diocesan Superintendent of Schools
of the Archdiocese of Louisville. Father Pitt had spent several months in Spam hence
he could give authentic and first-hand information of that country Of peculiar interest
were his experiences in the trenches. These, he said, might seem entertaining now but
they were anything but that when he lived through them.
December 18, A.I.C. Castle had as guest speakers the Reverend August Fussenegger
and the Reverend Charles Schoettelkotte from the Catholic Charities Bureau, Indian
apolis. They told us of the vast opportunity for good in the field of social service
aiding the needy, advising the wayfaring, patching up home difficulties reuniting broken
homes-a genuine application of the principles of Christ's teaching and of the corporal
A works of mercy.
The first bugle notes of 1939 announced a member of the home Convent, now a mission
ary in North Dakota--Sister M. Felicitas, one of the pioneer band to enter the Turtle
Mountain Mission. Sister Felicitas was spending a vacation at the Mother house, and
upon the request of our Moderator, she accepted the invitation to speak to the Crusaders
at the January mission meeting. Sister related a number of mission experiences, and
then told briefiy the daily routine of Saint Ann Indian Mission.
February was to bring us a message from a Louisville missionary, Father Dudine
champion of the Cause of the Negro. Father Dudine with two of his assistants, Fathers
Bancroft and Maloney, came and brought with them fifteen knights and ladies of the
Grail, boys and girls of their own parish, Saint Elisabeth's These knights and
ladies had won a Grail selling contest and with it a trip to Saint Meinrad, Ferdinand
and Santa Claus. The Ferdinand stop had to be curtailed, however, because of time
shortage, so we did not get to hear Father Dudine, but we, Jiuuors especially feel
highly honored because it was our privilege to entertain the kmghts and ladies of the
Grail, and to serve lunch to the party.
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On Mission night of Vocation Week, Father William gave us a sketch of the missionary
Father's life in Dakota. Father William spent three months in Dakota, so he really
knows the missions there.
C. S. M. C. Social Events
The first social event was a mission bingo held on the eve of Mission Sunday. Useful
prizes were drawn by winners. Juanita Helfrich won the door prize, a beautiful napkin
Tuesday of the following week, the Sophomore Round Tablers got a break. Instead of
the routine of study club, Sister Frederica took the class out nutting. Not exactly a
social event, the Sophomores considered it a real treat.
A Halloween house party and dance was held under the auspices of Mary Helen Craw-
ford and her social committee-the Sophomore class. A clever floor show prepared by
the committee helped to make this a most delightful evening.
On the afternoon of December 3, the Junior Paladin Group sponsored a "White Ele-
phant" sale, and at night the Indian Round Tablers held a bingo. Both events were
well patronized-adding several dollars to the mission fund. These aifairs plus a quilt
raffle footed the bills for the biggest social event of the first semester: the CHRIST-
MAS PARTY FOR THE NEGRO CHILDREN OF SAINT RITA'S MISSION.
Washington Tea and Dance
Did you ever attend a George Washington tea party? Well, the A.I.C. girls did, and
how! the entire afternoon one big thrill. Recreation Hall was artistically festooned in
patriotic colors, the color scheme being carried through refreshments, programs, etc.
The Brosmer trio from Jasper entertained with a number of delightful selections. Then
the radio was "tuned" just right for dancing. After that the Juniors all in colonial
gowns gave a most clever floor show. ,
The Minuet opened the program, and the Bicentennial Hymn followed. A series of
George Washington readings were next in order. Ensemble numbers by seven Juniors
were exceptionally well executed. A skit by five other Juniors practically "took down the
house." The Virginia Reel was the grand finale. Tea, cocoa, cookies, and cherry suck-
ers were served.
Special guests were: Father William, all faculty members, the Misses Bachert from
Terre Hauteg Mrs. Will Brosmer and Miss Rita Mae Schneider-Jasperg and the girls
of the eighth grade from Saint Ferdinand School.
Acquisitions of the A. I. C.-C. S. M. C.
This year the A.I.C. Unit has a Mission room-office, den or workshop, call it what you
will. It's the finest acquisition yet made by the unit. How could we ever get along
without it? There's where we work, work, work for the missions: sew, embroider, re-
make Christmas cardsg fabricate scrap-picturesg sort, mend, and pack old clothingg
and the biggest one-job accomplished was the clerical handling of all combination books
for the May Mission festival.
Not only the Crusaders of the A.I.C. resort to this room, almost all day long one can
hear the hum of the sewing machine as Sister Mechtild, an excellent seamstress, is busy
helping us with preparations for the social. Mrs. Halbig, too, is seen there often
consulting our Moderator or bringing in completed articles of her hand or machine
work .... We have a 1938 Crossly radio, too-the jubilee gift of our Sister Moderator
from her Reverend Brothers.
Acquisition number two is a large bulletin board and pamphlet rack. When the girls
returned from their Christmas vacation, the long-wished-for mission bulletin board and
pamphlet rack greeted them. The upper A.I.C. hall is a favorite rendezvous now, that's
where the new additions are.
The year 1938-1939 will go down in Mission annals as a banner year at the A.I.C. Five
Paladin Study groups were organized. Three Freshmen Round Tablers with three Seniors
as Chiefs-Martha Hentz, Wilma Davis, and Marcia Feder-did excellent work in the
Indian and Negro Mission fields and in Communism Studies. Meetings were held every
Thursday evening during free period.
The Sophomores chose as their mission investigation, the missions of China and India.
Betty Rose Eglofl' was permanent chairman and leader, and meetings were held every
Tuesday afternoon free period. Sister Moderator led the Junior class in Communism
studies. Four meetings were held during English class hour, and the remaining six
during free time.
" 'Hail to the Chief who in triumph advances'
Honor for victory valiantly won,
Paladin Leaders may now sheathe their lances,
Theirs is the conquest, their work is well done!"
The Sophomore group were the first to present their achievement program. The entire
Paladin group of sixty-two were presented in the opening chorus, "The World for the
Sacred Heart," and in two original parodies composed by our Sister Moderator. These
mission parodies were written to the music of the Notre Dame Victory March and to
Jingle Bells. The program was dedicated to Pope Pius XI and to Pope Pius XII.
Discussions covered the Religious Cults of India, the Caste System, the Untouchables,
the Bengali Boy, Living Conditions and Social Customs of China, the Life of Blessed
Theophane Venard, Patron of Chine e Missions, and a personal letter from the Rev-
erend Robert Greene, M.M., a former J asperite now stationed in China.
The Indian and Negro groups decided to make their pleas for their chosen mission
fields direct and in the costume and color native to their adoption. So we find Martha
Hentz all dolled up as Sister Tekawitha of Saint Ann's Indian Mission presenting a
day in the mission school. Her pupils were very intelligent and the school visitors,
Father Ambrose QRuth Grafj, and the good old Indian, Tom Smith, fJean Kamerl
gave excellent characterizations. By a peculiar coincidence, Martha was out on an ad-
collecting trip when the program was given for the Sisters, and much praise is due
Doris Gallagher for carrying through Sister Tekawitha's class. Doris must have man-
aged well, for the consensus of opinion was that the Sisters hadn't noticed any dif-
ficulty in the act, and were quite surprised to learn that there had been a substitute.
Nerve, grit, readiness to help out, and humility-that's what it takes to be a Crusader.
One of the biggest problems facing the Catholic Church today is the Negro problem.
Why doesn't the Negro enjoy the same privileges as do the other races? Why are there
so many persons prejudiced against US Colored Folks?. . . These were some of the
questions discussed by the Negro Group in their public achievement. With the words of
Archbishop Floersch of Louisville as a beacon light: "The purpose of the Catholic
church is to bring souls to Christ, and the soul has no color," the Negro Paladin group
blackened their faces and held a Mission meeting with Sister Mary Claver 1Wilma
Davisj, a very distinguished Colored nun as Moderator. Some illuminating statistics
were given, problems, discussed, direct challenges made in the first person: "We the
members of the down-trodden race .... " Zelma Wethington, President, gave a scholarly
talk on the life of Blessed Martin de Porres, South American Negro lay-Brother, for
whose canonization we are praying.
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Conferring of Paladin Awards
Impressive ceremonies were conducted by the Reverend John N. Dudine, assisted by the
Reverend Charles Dudine, O.S.B., the Reverend Matthew Preske, O.S.B., and the Rev-
erend William Walker, 0.S.B., when fifty-two Round Tablers received certificates, and
ten Third Degree Tablers received the Paladin Jewel. The standard bearers for the
occasion were the Misses Angeline Arvin and Justine Holmes for the Crusade banner
and the Misses Nadine Stumpf and Bernadine Humbert for the national flag.
Father Dudine was the guest speaker. Father Dudine has been active in C.S.M.C. work,
since its very beginning, he held the pastorate of Saint Augustine Church for the
Colored in Louisville, Kentucky, eleven and one-half years, and he is one of the out-
standing few who have been deemed worthy of the highest award given by the C.S.M.C.
national ofiice-the Paladin Cross. The A.I.C. Unit considers it a very special privilege
to have had Father Dudine delegated by the National Secretary, the Right Reverend
Edward Freking, to bestow the honors on the Paladin Studies' Class.
In his sermon, the Reverend Speaker stressed the necessity of personal sacriiice for the
cause of the missions. Once again Study-Sacrifice-Prayer was the theme-if souls are
to be won for the Sacred Heart. After the Crusade Pledge to Mary, Queen of May,
Benediction with the Most Blessed Sacrament and Holy God closed the exercises.
The Crusaders felt especially gratified to see Father Dudine present the Paladin Jewel
to his own brother, Father Charles, and to his sister, Sister M. Frederica, Moderator.
The A.l.C. Unit procured these two Jewels and presented them as tokens of their esteem
Freshman Round Tablers-First Degree Award:
Mildred Jean Arvin
Wanda June Bezy
Cecelia Ann Farmer
Cecelia Mae Kress
Lorraine Kistner l
Anna Lucille Lattn
Betty Ann Smith N
Nadine Stumpf 'N
Mary Evelyn Tur
CHIEFS: Martha Hentz, Wilma Davis, Ma cia eder
Mary Helen Crawford
Betty Rose Egloff
Second Degree Award:
Mary Margaret DeVault
Betty Rose Egloff
Anna Mae Rees
Margaret Rose Walsh
Mary Louise Schnur
Third Degree-Paladin Leadership With Honors:
The Reverend Charles Dudine, O.S.B.
Sister Mary Frederica Dudine, O.S.B.
Diocesan Mission Event
On May Sixth, Sister M. Frederica, Moderator, with Miss Zelma Wethington, President,
and Miss Betty Rose Egloif, Secretary, and Miss Wilma Bezy, went to Saint Mary of
the Woods to help organize or form the Local Conference of the Indianapolis Diocese.
The A.I.C. Mission Unit had been working toward this event for two years, and all
feel gratified at the fruition of their prayers and endeavors.
Louisville Arch-Diocesan Rally
The members of the Paladin Jewel class were singularly honored by the privilege of
attending the Arch-diocesan C.S.M.C. Rally in Louisville. A Field Mass on the campus
of Christ the King Church opened the day's program. All other sessions were held
in the hippodrome of the State Fair Grounds. The principal speaker of the day was
the Right Reverend Edward A. Freking, National Secretary-Treasurer of the Catholic
Students' Mission Crusade.
Last year the Crusaders were busy making quilt and comfortsg this year fancywork
and sewing was the program. Every Friday evening was "sewing circle" time for
nearly 100 Crusaders of the A.I.C. Much was accomplished.
Many of the articles were disposed of at the mission social May 21. Others are being
sent to needy Missions to help out on their socials and bazaars. The Mission social here
was a singular success, for which every A.I.C. Crusader thanks every other Crusader as
well as all others who helped the work along.
Two More Mission Speakers
One evening about the middle of May the Crusaders were summoned to the Assembly
Hall to hear the Reverend Father Spaulding. No second invitation was needed as the
A students had been waiting all year for our Street Preachers. Last September we
thought there couldn't be any other Street Preacher like Father Levin of Oklahoma
but now we know that we have the genuine type of Street Preacher right here at home
May 28, brought a very interesting talk by the Reverend Charles Dudxne O S B and
by Sister M. Vita, O.S.B., of Dakota. The following day Sister Vita met the students
informally. Crusaders and Sister Missionary and Sister Moderator had a big Round
Table Conference resulting in a major decision on the part of Crusaders Next Christ
mas we're going to give a party for the Belcourt Indian Mission
The Sodalists of 1938 and 1939
The spirit of the Sodality has again permeated the
life and the activities of the students at the A.I.C.
This goodly spirit has increased year by year since
its introduction in 1928. Its fruits are far-reaching.
The saying that "where the Sodality of the Blessed
Virgin is established and Hourishing, there vocations
increase" can truly be said of the A.I.C. The follow-
ing is the record of Religious Vocations since 1928:
Esther Walsh . . . . .......... Sister M. Virginia
Rosalia Brenner ............ . . Sister M. Evangela
Edna Mae Walbaum ...........
Gertrude Schiff ....... . .
Dorothy Schultheis .... . .
Stella Payne ..................
. . Sister M. Urban
. . Sister M. Henry
. Sister M. Miriam
Sister M. Carolyn
Nellie Highbaugh .............. Sister M. Assunta
Coletta Hasenour ............
Mary Lucille Walsh ........ . .
Norma Jane Huber ............
Mary J oceal Ofer ............
Irene Folz ....................
Margaret Rose Mitchell .....
Juanita Gettelfinger . . . . .
Florence Wildeman .... . . .
Josephine Kavanaugh . ...... . .
Mary Seib . . ............... . .
Sister M. Dolorosa
. . Sister M. Herbert
. Sister M. Clarice
.. . Sister M. Jane
. Sister M. Colette
. . . . Sister M. Inez
. Sister M. Gemma
Sister Mary Ellen
Sister M. Charlotte
Sister Mary Phillip
Catherine Gardner .......... Sister Mary Clarence
Alma Scheessele .... . . .
Mary Louise Haake ..........
Mary Magdalene Finis .......
Mary Sue Lents . .. .... . . . .
Mary Krampe . . .
. . . Sister M. Jovita
Sister Mary Oscar
Sister M. Kathleen
Sister M. Barbara
Anna Mane F1'1SZ . . ......... ..
. . . . Sister M. Alma
Sister M. Susanne
. . Sister M. Pierre
Florence Jaent . . . ...... . . . .
Helen Maurer .... . .
. . .. Sister M. Regis
Class of 1939
The class of 1939 claims for itself the honor of giv-
ing to the cause of Religion the greatest number of
applicants. In May, 1938, Mary Ruth Gramelspacher
entered the Novitiateg in June, Jeanne Davis and
Annette Ackerman 3 in September, Dorothy Kohn,
Julia Busam, and Helen Priceg in October, Rita
Kress. Margaret McCarthy of the class of 1938
entered in September 1938 and Imelda Schenk of
the same class entered December 8, 1938. Mary
Kissel, a sophomore, entered in September 1938.
Therefore, of the thirteen postulants who were in-
vested J une 12, 1939, the A.I.C. can justly claim ten.
On Monday, June 12, 1939, at 8:30 o'clock, the In-
vesting ceremonies took place in the Convent Chapel.
The ten A.I.C. girls together with their names in
Religion are listed below:
Mary Ruth Gramelspacher ....... Sister M. Anna
Annette Ackerman ....... . . . Sister M. Francine
Jeanne Davis .. ..... ..... S ister M. Wilma
Dorothy Kohn ..... .. . Sister M. Generose
Julia Busam . .. ..... Sister M. Ethel
Helen Price ...... ..... S ister M. Eileen
Rita Kress ......... .... S ister M. Juanita
Margaret McCarthy . . . . . . Sister M. Maureen
Imelda Schenk ...... .... S ister M. Theresita
Mary Kissel ................. Sister Mary George
In May, 1938, the student body unanimously elected
Annette Ackerman as Prefect of the Sodality for
the following year. However, upon her announcing
that within two weeks after the close of school she
would be in the Novitiate, it became necessary to
cast votes again.
Miss Wilma Davis then received the majority vote
and accepted the honorable position as prefect.
Wilma has truly lived up to the ideals of her posi-
tion and has kept the Sodality spirit above par. By
her good example she has led the student body to
an active love for the interests of Mary. Wilma's
good example has gone farther still. She not only
told others how to serve God and His Blessed
Mother, but she went ahead and showed how best it
can be done.
The Student Spiritual Council
The Student Body then elected Mary Schnur, as-
sistant prefectg Frances Bacon, secretary, Lillian
Stippler, treasurerg Betty Jane Braun, Chairman of
Our Lady Committee, Geneva Spayd, chairman of
the Eucharistic Committee 5 Mary Schnur, chair-
man of the Poster Committeeg Mary Louise Pirnat,
chairman of the Literary and Publicity Committee,
and Edith Schneider, chairman of the Social Com-
Prefect Enters Novitiate
On the day of her graduation, June 4, Wilma ex-
changed her white graduation cap and gown for the
cap and cape of a postulant. Wilma will now pre-
pare herself for the life of a Religious and will re-
ceive the Benedictine habit next June.
A week after Wilma's entrance into the Novitiate
a Junior of the A.I.C., Margaret Rose Walsh, also
donned the black cap and cape. The Alma Mater
wishes them both God's blessing and much happiness.
Our Lady of Grace
To remind us that we are always Children of Mary,
we have a beautiful statue of the Blessed Virgin,
enshrined in a canopy of gold with flowers and vigil
lights decorating her throne. The girls have found
it a haven of rest from the turmoil of the day.
First Sodality Meeting
The first oflicial Sodality meeting was held Satur-
day evening, October 15. Our Reverend Chaplain,
Father William Walker, 0.S.B., blessed the statue of
Mary, Our Mother, and thus opened the program.
The officers were installed and a prayer was said
for the candidates who were to become Sodalists on
December 8. Then Father William spoke a few
words on how much Mary really means to us. Im-
mediately after Rosary and Benediction, the opening
meeting was held in the Assembly. It was based
upon the Semester Outline. The C. B. C. for the
month of October: "Virgin, Mary, Mother of Jesus,
make us saints," was stressed. The officers and
student body seemed very earnest and sincere.
Curlers were taken down, dresses donned and soon
everybody was ready for the first Sodality dance of
the semester. The dance was held in the Recreation
Room, artistically decorated and arranged for the
The girls danced to the music of the student
orchestra, composed of Peggy Wissel and Mary
Catherine Finis, violinistsg Anne Wissel, pianistg
Marian Forster, saxophonist, and Mary Louise Pir-
nat, drummer. Betty Lou Miles took the respon-
sibility of maestro and led the orchestra through
their capers. Betty Alvey and Betty Lou Miles
gave their vocal numbers generously.
At intermission a floor show was staged in which
Betty Ann Smith contributed a novelty tap. Mar-
jorie Rietman made a hit with her sweet soprano
Ice cream and cake were served after which dancing
was resumed until the curfew sent them all scurrying
The dance was opened and ended most appropriate-
ly with "Mother Beloved." To complete the per-
fect picture, before retiring the girls knelt before
the statue of our Blessed Mother and recited "Night
The Feast of Christ the King
To celebrate the beautiful feast of Christ, the King,
a program was given the evening preceding the feast.
The statue of the King of Kings was embanked in a
bower of flowers. To blend the colors more per-
fectly a spotlight was focused on the scene. The
Eucharistic Committee, with Geneva Spayd as chair-
man, gave an interesting program. Geneva was
assisted by Martha Hentz, Emma Jane Parkinson,
Mary Schnur, and Betty Braun. After the talks
were given the Freshmen and Sophomores took the
Pledge of the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament
and received their pins. The Seniors, too, received
the Sodality pins, an annual affair looked forward
to with great eagerness by them.
The Shrine Of Our Blessed Mother
JULIA BUSAM MARY RUTH GRAMEI.SPACHI'lR .IEANNE DAVIS
A. I. C.
HELEN PRICE DOROTHY KOHN
ANNETTE ACKICRMAN RITA KRESS
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On November 13 a classical meeting was held in the
Assembly sponsored by the Literary Committee with
Mary Louise Pirnat in charge. Sister Therese, the
guest speaker, gave a most delightful talk on Catho-
lic literature. Entertainment was provided by Anne
Wissel who played the Italian dance, Tarrantello, on
the cello. Then followed a trio by Sister Mary
Robert, Margaret and Ann Wissel, playing Beetho-
ven's composition, "Trio in C minor," and "In a
Rose Garden." Pep songs completed the program.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
This year the 8th of December, feast of the Immacu-
late Conception claims for itself the biggest and
best celebration ever held at the A.I.C.
First and Solemn Communion
Two girls, Betty Ann and Billy Ruth Alvey, of
Evansville, Indiana who were converts to our holy
Religion since last Easter made their Solemn Com-
munion. Two other girls, Betty Borum of
Indianapolis, Indiana and Betty Myers of Evans-
ville, Indiana were baptized Sunday afternoon,
December 4, in St. Ferdinand Church and received
their First Holy Communion on December 8. Betty
Borum having been professed in another religion had
to make a public profession of faith in the Catholic
Religion. This she did on Saturday afternoon in
the presence of the Sisters and her friends.
Immaculate Conception Feast
At 6 o'clock Mass all the girls went to Holy Com-
munion. They had a short retreat from Wednesday
noon to Thursday at breakfast. Then at 8 o'clock
there was Solemn High Mass with Father Hugh
Schuck, O.S.B., celebrantg Father Bernardine
Shine, O.S.B., deacong and Father William Walker,
O.S.B., subdeacon. Father Bernardine gave the ser-
mon which, it is needless to say, was eloquent, im-
pressive, and inspiring.
At Communion time the four communicants were
escorted to the altar by Wilma Davis, prefect of the
Sodality and Lillian Stippler, treasurer. The two
oftlcers wore their white caps and gowns.
The ceremony was beautiful and touching. The com-
municants wore white dresses and long white veils
and had wreaths of baby breath flowers. After
Mass, breakfast was served to them in the guest
dining room where also their dinners were taken.
There were several relatives and friends present to
enjoy the dinner with them. Sisters Victoria and
Leandra had the table and refectory decorated
Large Class Enters Sodality
After the singing of Vespers Father Hugh Schuck
gave the Sodalists to be a very interesting lecture
on the dignity and obligation of being true Sodalists.
Thereupon forty-four girls requested admittance into
the Sodality. Father William Walker, chaplain,
blessed the medals and admitted them into the
Sodality. This, as you know, is always an impressive
Close of the Day
In order to have the eventful day close in a fitting
way, the Seniors prepared a program under the
direction of Sister Cyrilla. The Glee Club sang the
Ave Maria. A playlet-"The Spirit of the Sodality"
was presented. The orchestra provided the pep for
the occasion. After all was said and done, it ended
as beautifully as it began. Truly the 8th of Decem-
ber at the A.I.C. is a memorable day.
Three Days With God
The annual three-day retreat at the A.I.C. was con-
ducted this year by Reverend Benedict Moellers,
O.F.M. The retreat opened on Thursday evening,
January 26 at 7:15 after semester exams. In his
first meditation Father Moellers stressed the three-
fold purpose of the retreat: to teach us to think, to
teach us to love God, and to practice these through
Catholic Action. It is a time set aside to talk to
God. Father Moellers expressed the idea in these
words: "Lord, God, it is good for us to be here."
He then continued, "We, the students of the A.I.C.
were chosen from all eternity to make this retreat
whereas there are millions of other boys and girls in
the world who will never have this great opportunity.
It is 'good for us to be here' and we should carry
this good to those who have never experienced it."
Sunday in Vocation Week
On Sunday evening, March 12, the grand opening
of vocation week was held in the Assembly. Father
William opened the program with a brief talk on
vocations and immediately after that the Seniors
presented a short play entitled, "In Life's Glad
Morn," a play based on the Religious Life.
Monday in Vocation Week
On Monday night we had the pleasure of hearing
Miss Helen Heinrich, class of 1930, speak on
Nurses' Training. She stressed the qualifications
for becoming a good Catholic nurse and referred to
Florence Nightingale, the ideal of all nurses. She
particularly emphasized the fact that a nurse must
be sympathetic, yet firm, and above all, willing to
make sacrifices. Most outstanding in her talk was
the religious aspect of a good Catholic nurse. The
good accomplished by a conscientious nurse is far-
reaching for time and for eternity. It was evident
that all the girls enjoyed this lecture, and we hope
that the girls now aspiring to the nurse's life, will
live up to the example that Miss Heinrich has put
Tuesday in Vocation Week
Tuesday evening opened with a number of tableaux
depicting the story of "Mother Love," beginning
when love began " 'neath the bridal veil" and reached
its climax when the mother met our Blessed Mother.
First Episode-The Bride
"This love began 'neath a bridal veil.
So like a calla lily
She seemed on her bridal day
That even the touch of an angel's wing
Might waft her quite away."
Second Episode-Mother and Child
Fifth Episode-Child's First Holy Communion
"No greater joy has ever been known, as when
Christ first enters a soul, to make His home."
Sixth Episode-Child's First Prom
"What is lovelier to the eye, than a glowing, danc-
Seventh Episode-Graduation from High School
"Your joy is my joy
And every beating of your heart
Is the echo of my love for you.
Today you stand on the threshold
Of new adventures, new loves, new desires, too,
And always from a distance I shall watch
Your happiness come like the morning dew."
Eighth Episode-Child Going Away to College
"You seem much older now
That deeper thoughts are in your mind
And college halls are the paths you tread-
But you are not old to me, for in the deepness
of your eyes
I still see the light of a child's surprise."
Ninth Episode-College Graduation
"Don't forget that when college days are through,
then life really begins for you."
UNO greater gift has ever left heaven, than when Tenth Episode-One Child's Spiritual Marriageg
to a mother a child is given."
Third Episode-Mother Teaching Child to Pray
"When a child begins to pray, even the angels
stop to listen to what it has to say."
Fourth Episode-Mother Sending Child to School
"Oh little hands so eager to catch
Life's unknown mysteries,
Oh eyes of wonder that till now have known
But beauty and truth-
I send you forth, child of my heart,
To school, into the world to learn your part."
Another Child's Earthly Marriage
"ls it hard for me to understand?" you ask, dear,
No, not hard since you have made me plainly see
That you are Christ's bride to be-
His, because He bent your will
To follow Him up Calvary's Hill g
He made your heart to take its rest
Against His tender, loving breast.
He made your soul to be with Him
And shut out every worldly whim.
Hard to understand? No, not hard, child of my
For He seems to say to me, "She has chosen the
But there is one thing which only you can under-
And that is the wondrous depths of your bliss
When your Bridegroom gives to you His kiss."
"A bride is like a iiower that has just bloomed."
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"Because of children the world is a better place in
which to live."
Twelfth Episode-Meeting of the Earthly Mother
with the Blessed Mother
"Mary standing on purity's knoll, is reflected in
every mother's soul."
After this series of tableaux, Father Cornelius
Waldo, O.S.B., gave a most appropriate talk on the
Blessed Virginf He described her beautifully, com-
paring her hair to the gold of the sun, the stars in
the Heavens to her eyes, and all the love of the
Cherubim and Seraphim to the love in Mary's heart.
As a fitting climax to such a splendid talk he ended
with the following tribute to youth:
How beautiful is youth, how bright it gleams
With its illusions, aspirations and dreams.
Book of beginning, story without end-
Each maid a heroine, each man a friend.
Why, all power is in its hands,
No danger daunts it, no fear withstands.
In its sublime audacity of faith
'Be thou removed' it to the mountains saith.
And with ambitious feet secure and proud
Ascends the ladder to its God, mounted on a cloud."
Wednesday in Vocation Week
On Wednesday evening of Vocation Week we were
honored by the presence of the Very Reverend An-
selm Schaaf, O.S.B., rector of the Major Seminary
at St. Meinrad, Indiana. Father Anselm gave some
excellent advice on the life of a Religious. He point-
ed out the joys that are to come. He also explained
the type of girl who is fitted for the convent, and the
sacrifices she would have to make. In his close Fa-
ther Anselm said, "Don't all enter the convent to-
morrow, but think, pray, and then if you are con-
vinced that you have the call, answer it, but by all
means don't iight a vocation."
Thursday in Vocation Week
Thursday evening a short playlet entitled "Life's
Gift Shop" preceded the interesting talk given by
the Right Reverend Abbot Ignatius Esser, O.S.B.,
of St. Meinrad, Indiana. After his talk on marriage
Father Abbot gave a brief synopsis of his visit in
Europe and his talks with Theresa Neumann with
whom he had occasion to visit.
Friday in Vocation Week
Friday evening of Vocation Week was devoted to
the achievements of the Indian and Negro Study
Clubs of the C.S.M.C. directed by Martha Hentz and
Wilma Davis. An account of the evenings project
is given in the C.S.M.C. news.
Saturday in Vocation Week
Saturday evening a most glorious week was brought
to a close with various tableaux of the vocations. The
nurse, teacher, bride, nun, and mother all lent an
atmosphere of finis to such a wonderful week here
at the A.I.C. which will not soon be forgotten by
those who are in earnest about their vocation. It is
a deep, heartfelt gratitude that each and everyone
of us has for those who helped to make this past
week such a grand success. The following is a sketch
of the above mentioned series of tableaux entitled
"The Highways of Life."
The Highways of Life
Tableau I-The Nurse
"The world grows better year by year
Because some nurse, in her little sphere,
Puts on her apron and smiles and sings,
And keeps on doing the same old things."
Tableau II-The Teacher
"Just give me a nook, a board, and a book,
And thirty young healthy boys,
Who are eager to learn, yet to fun sometimes
And I'll never mention the noise.
Or girls, if you choose, with untainted views,
Of their place in the heavenly plan.
For the surest gauge of the tone of an age
Is the homage they claim from man.
For grace and wit, and life and grit,
And all the joys that be,
Where wisdom's wealth, and work is health,
The old school-room for me."
Tableau III-The Bride
"Let me, I pray thee, meet the little misunder-
standings and cares of my new life bravely. Be
with me as I start on my mission of womanhood,
and stay Thou my path from failure all the way.
Walk Thou with us even to the end of our
Tableau IV-The Nun
You ask me why I gave
My heart to Christ
I can reply
Listen, while I tell you why.
My heart was drawn at length
To seek His Face.
I was alone
I had no resting place,
I heard of how He loved me
With a love of depth so great,
Of height so far above all human ken
I longed such love to share
And sought it there
Upon my knees in prayer."
Tableau V-The Mother
"Carve me an angel, sculptor,
Carve us a woman, old and grave,
Wrinkles that tell of sorrow, lines that the laughs
Give her the knotted fingers no longer quick and
Bend her with the stress of toiling, bow her with
weight of years,
Show us the golden beauty wrought of her smiles
hall. The Crowning of the May Queen took place
out on the lawn outside the chapel. Wilma Davis of
Columbus, Indiana, Prefect of the Sodality was the
May Queen. Wilma wore a blue taffeta silk formal
with hoop effect skirt and a three-yard length veil.
As soon as the Queen, her attendants, and maid
reached the throne, the Juniors did the May-pole
dance. The streamers were blue and white. Then
the Queen was crowned and hailed "Queen of the
May." After the Alma Mater Song was sung, the
Queen thanked the students for the consideration
shown her, but Wilma added that there was one far
more worthy to be Queen. The group then marched
into the chapel singing "Ave Maris Stella." The
graduates entered the sanctuary and encircled the
Statue of Mary. They recited a special Act of Con-
secration for May. Reverend Father William then
spoke impressively of devotion to Mary. After Fa-
ther's talk the students sang the crowning hymn
and tears, during which time Wilma removed her crown and
Tell in the stone and Story, how she is wan 5. d placed it upon the brow of our Blessed Mother.
worn Then the Seniors filed past the statue and each placed
Through all her self-denial for the ones that s - 9' red rose at Marys feet' The other attendants
has borne lso put their bouquets of snapdragons into a large
This is an angel' sculptor. Carve it, and carve sket at the feet of the shrine. Benediction and
it so, X - ary followed.
And all the world will see it-see it, and bow,
and know' X ' lr Day of Recollection
The Epilogue: - X 1 ing for Seniors to pause for one day to
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May Cmwnin 1 - .- - -. to stop, look, and listen, and to pre-
g pare for the X- -Q er vacation.
On Mary's Day, May 13, we had the crowning of the
May Queen and of the Blessed Virgin. At 6:30 the
Seniors in their formals, all pastel shades, with
colored veils, shoulder length, lined up in the cloister
After the Mass on Saturday morning and again the
Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin the retreat
closed. A special breakfast was served in the girls
Each student was then presented with a beautiful
picture of our Blessed Mother as a farewell token
from the Faculty.
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Convent Chapel for the last of its ceremonies.
A very beautiful and inspiring address was
given which will linger long in the thoughts
of these graduates.
After the Act of Consecration, the Seniors
received their diplomas. Benediction with
the Most Blessed Sacrament followed and the
Hymn, Holy God, closed the Senior cere-
monies for the class of 1939.
Address by Father Cornelius Waldo, 0.S.B.
If there is anything striking about Trinity
Sunday, it is the emphasis placed on the
teaching phase of Holy Mother Church's
activities-an emphasis easily detected in the
Gospel of today's Holy Mass. The question
may well be asked on this your graduation
day, "What is the precise definition of
Christian education?" Verily, the proper
function of any system of education, worthy
of the name, is to bring about a change for
the better in human kind. In short, it is
simply a process of conversion, whereby
rudeness yields to culture, the immature is
replaced by the mature, and the individual
is progressively freed from the domination
of this lower nature and gains the mastery
over himself, by reason of the fact, that his
will becomes accustomed to deciding, not at
the mere behest of immediate selfishness, but
rather in strict accord with the dictation of
a reason enlightened by Christian thought.
The tiny babe, standing bewildered at the
very threshold of life, is certainly not capable
of caring for himself in human society, in
spite of the fact that he is definitely a social
being, the infant and the growing child
learn to adjust themselves to the standards of
the modern and complicated civilization in
which they are forced to live. This implies
that a complete revolution, deep and vital
changes, must needs be wrought in the mind
and heart of youth. You ask, what is educa-
tion? The answer is simple, for the sum
total of these drastic changes can be styled
education in the strict sense of the word.
Sooner or later in the life of every mortal
there comes a perplexing question. "Why
does man exist? What is his nature, just
what sort of a being is he?" These are the
questions upon which the very universe
hinges, they are the first and last questions of
life. Out of his own consciousness man must
ask these questions. What is more, he must
find an adequate answer, otherwise his life
becomes sterile and fruitless. There is no
answer sufficiently adequate, Catholicism
maintains, except it be in the doctrine taught,
revealed, and actually lived by that Man
among men Who was in very truth a God
Hinislelf, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the
Even to the layman the implications of this
particular view of life are indeed incalculably
manifold. They do positively extend back-
ward and forward through all time even to
the gates of Eternityg in more or less detail
they touch upon every aspect of life. What
does it matter what a man believes, one hears
day in and day out in this age of alleged
pragmatic sanctions. There must needs be
but one answer. It is the only thing does
matter, unless essential lunacy is the very
part and parcel of man's intellectual process.
The stream of belief flows into the sea of
action, determines and directs action, only
by an act that abdicates reason can it be set
aside. Man's entire scale of values is placed
For the moment consider the answer to the
first question under discussion as founded
upon Catholic belief. Why does man exist?
Man exists simply because God made him to
know Him, to love Him, to serve Him on
earth and to be happy with Him for all
eternity in heaven. Every Catholic child
learns this truth very early in life, and as life
goes on, this thought takes on a much deeper
and fuller meaning. It is only in the mind
of the Creator that the secret of human
destiny can be ascertained. Man exists pre-
cisely because his Creator wants him to do
so, and God wants man to exist for purposes
that, even without aid, reason can faintly
grasp, as did the great mind of Plato and
Aristotle, but which the Almighty conde-
scended to show us more completely through
Divine Revelation, and in due time through
His own Divine Son. Our Saviour established
the Church to be as it were the living witness
to the truths so graciously presented by His
Heavenly Father to man-yes, the Church
was to be an infallible interpreter. Tender
Mother that she is, the Bride of Christ on
earth brings to the Catholic mind a deep
knowledge of the Godhead. Not only does she
present to man the dogmatic truths of her
holy Faith, but, in the sphere of morals, she
leads him on through the ways of virtue that
a life of service born of heavenly love may
inerit for him the happiness of an eternity of
The second question under consideration is,
"What is man, what is his nature?" Once
again, for the Catholic mind, the answer is
not so difficult. Man is not a mere accident
in the universe, the product of blind forces
stirring the slime. He is far superior to any-
thing in the animal kingdom, he is a little
less than the angels. In short, he possesses a
body, but the life principle in him is a spirit-
ual immortal soul. Nor is it a mere fanciful
thought that man has been made to the
image and likeness of his God.
Very likely, it is not altogether surprising to
you that there are numerous men and women,
totally different from you, living in the world
you are to face on the morrow-men and
women whose philosophy of life can not be
defined as otherwise than wholly secular.
They have long since arrived at the conclu-
sion that man has no destiny beyond the tomb
and that the reason for existence must be
sought somewhere in the interim between the
cradle and the grave. They admit readily
enough that Christ lived centuries ago. How-
ever they regard Him merely as an historical
religious champion. In spite of the influence
Christianity is bound to exert upon them,
they refuse to solve the great questions of life
by the tenets of the followers of Christ.
Asceticism, they hold in disdain, and they
look for happiness not in self-denial, but
rather in its antithesis, self-indulgence. What
a strict line of demarcation there is between
the Catholic whose philosophy of life and
philosophy of education are based upon self-
conquest and the philosophies of those world-
lings whose ideals are purely secular! The
very idea of there being anything in common
between these two camps is positively ridicu-
lous. The two systems of education differ in
content, method and aim. The one is purely
of this world, the other cooperates with the
grace of God to transform a child of the flesh
into a child of the spirit.
You may well be proud of the school you have
been privileged to attend, the Academy which
is your Alma Mater. A brief survey of the
history of our glorious country reveals the
fact, startling to many, that the private
school and the Catholic school preceded the
public school system, so prevalent in this our
day. Sad to say, because of its attitude of
neutrality in things religious, the public
school has produced a generation educated, it
is true, but not well rounded. Thorough edu-
cation demands that religion be woven into
the very warp and woof of the child's life.
Christianity cannot be reduced to a mere
rallying point for Sunday sentiment. Religion
must needs be the very heart and soul of the
discipline, curriculum, and atmosphere. If the
growing child is to be thoroughly educated
for time and eternity. Even such a mundane
thing as the study of mathematics demands a
religious touch. Between the covers of a
modern textbook of mathematics, there is
contained plenty of social and economic doc-
trine which must be studied in the light of
the teaching of Christ. A numerical figure
is, after all, a social institution that really
plays an important part in the thought and
action of daily life. Hence, the contention
that absolutely nothing in the educational
field can be neglected, where the religious
side is concerned, is not bizarre and pietistic.
In all things the truth of Christ must be
As the body must have food or it will perish,
so, too, the mind must be sustained: its food
is knowledge, its very life is truth. "What
is truth ?" His pagan judge asked of Christ
Himself, and there was no answer. Indeed,
no answer was necessary, a few hours be-
fore, while at supper with His followers, our
Divine Saviour had said: "My word is
truth." He had also said to the multitude
surrounding him, "I am the Way, the Truth,
and the Life." Obviously, we are not dealing
here with truth in the scientific sense, of
truth departmentalized. We are concerned
with ultimate truth, and elemental reality.
The working value and the practical success
of the Christian principle in education have
been amply demonstrated in each and every
age of the glorious history of the Church,
from the very time when the first followers
of the saintly Benedict left the world yet
dried up the swamps of a frontier Europe on
their way to heaven, and either invented or
preserved whatever they found to be worth
while in a decaying civilization torn asunder
by selfish men who cared not to concern
themselves about anything beyond the mar-
GRAIJUATION .IUNIC 4, 1939
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ACADEMY IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
gent of this world, down to this, our own
twentieth century, when some of the names
which have become part and parcel of the
very terminology of the scientific world, espe-
cially the electrical and chemical world, are
listed originally on the Baptismal records
of the village churches of Europe. The world
of science boasts of no greater name than
that of Pasteur, yet it was the boast of
Pasteur that the more he advanced in scien-
tific knowledge, the deeper his faith became.
Truly, there is no conflict between science and
religion. The late Holy Father in his ency-
clical on Catholic Education of youth presents
the following beautiful thought. "The true
Christian, the product of Christian education,
is a supernatural man who thinks, judges
and acts constantly and consistently in ac-
cordance with right reason, illumined by the
supernatural light of the example and teach-
ing of Christ, in other words, to use the cur-
rent term, the true and finished man of char-
Dear Graduates, in a way this day marks the
close of your carefree girlhood hours. All
that is best in our holy religion has been
showered upon you in the course of your edu-
cation. In your tender years, kind parents
guided youg later on you were privileged to
be under the care of saintly women vowed to
God, living in the very shadow of the sanctu-
ary. I would I could be more optimistic as
you assume life's responsibilities. But, that
were treasong I dare not. You are entering
upon a world that is fairly seething in tur-
moil, In God's name hold fast to the only
stable treasure you can hope to rescue from
prevalent chaotic conditions. I refer, of
course, to your holy religion. Once you are
established in your own home, make it a veri-
table sanctuary for the Christianity in whic
you have been so well instructed
As you step out into the world of v or-
row, it will not be necessary for y . fi be a
keen observer to discover the e if of the
titanic catastrophe which has .- llen man
deliberately turned away fr is G
their happiest moments of ' -: ism ur oets
may sing of things as t y houl be' our
artists may cover their c vasses with
some Madonnas, not as hey really are bu
as they mighthhave b 3 idealists pQagiing
take poem and picture, dream fancy, and sup-
plant them with the sordid prose that is life's
Hark back, if you will, on the wings of fancy
to that time years, aye centuries ago, in the
agelessness of eternity when the day of crea-
tion did at last arrive. It was just such a
beautiful day as this, your Graduation day.
The sky was mantled with a robe of peerless
blue, the earth fairly laughed in song and
gladnessg indeed, the first gentle spring had
come, heralded by the melodious harmony of
feather songsters. Looking down the vista
of time, the Mind of God beheld each and
everyone of you, from all eternity He had
planned you as you stand before Him today
in the beauty of your young womanhood.
Graces, he has showered upon you in
abundance. There is only one sentiment for
your heart to hold as you come forward for
your diplomas, that is the sentiment of
In the past you have never been left alone.
There have been gentle parents, gentle nuns,
the flickering sanctuary lamp to denote His
ever abiding presence to console you, and last
but not least, you have always been able to
turn to her whose client you have always
been. Nor will you be alone in the fu-
ture, because our dear Saviour and His
Blessed Mother will never desert you. Hence,
do not be overwhelmed when you behold in
horror the dirty river of wrong mingling its
filthy waters with the sweet stream of right.
Keep your vision aloft where a bright star
is forever scintillating in the heavenly vault.
She is our tainted nature's solitary boast, and
she is the mother of each and everyone of
you. How beautifully the poet has portrayed
t 2 elationship between the maid, stepping
nto the world, and e Heavenly Mother,
s p yer for the Cir A raduat '
other of Truthffu ,
ok on this c
Radiant with us f. e
Fresh from heraeach r.
Forward she must now fare
Into the world of careg
Should her step falter there,
Oh, who can reach her?
Thou art so powerful!
She is so tender!
Be thou a tower, full
Strong to defend her!
Linder some lsms ay thrill us with e1r
Utopias free from ars and misery and pov
erty 3 but once you are in the actual swim of
life your eyes will be opened and you will
Teach her the Christian art,
Show her the nobler part,
Keep her unstained of heartg
Mother, befriend her!
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The H untingburg Signal
Two Good Newspapers
in a Good Town
Atz' s Famous Chix
Guaranteed Day Old
Pullets and Cockerels
For Quality Merchandise
Groceries and Meats
Fresh Meat and Groceries
Schuler's Meat Market
Congratulations Huntlngburg Furnlture Co
C. W. Moenkhaus and
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MobzlgascQMobLloLl er man n lam
Alvin Werne, Mgr.
Mobilgas QQ Oil
General Garage Work
Fancy Groceries QQ Meats
Fresh Fruits 8 Vegetables
Bolte Lumber Co
Dr. H. G. Backer
Monuments of Quality
, Office 43
I hone-Residence 32
Ferdinand Machine Co.
Traction Engines Threshing Machinery
Threshing and Saw Mill Machinery
Dealers in Belting
Pipe Fittings, etc.
Garden City Feeder and
Frank Heidet 8: Son
Blacksmiths - Hardware
Harness - Fertilizer
Class of 1939
Do1ores's Beauty Shop
The Star Theatre
The Best in Motion Pictures
Every Saturday and Sunday
Congratulatio s an Sinc est Greetings
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Municipal Light and
Phone I6 bert J. Bartley
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Chevrolet ' A s a d Service
Standard Service Station
N. J. Knust, Proprietor
Courteous Service is our Motto at all Times
Albert B. Knust
Diamonds, Fine Watches
Crosses, Lockets, Rosaries
Guaranteed Watch, Clock,
and Jewelry Repairing
Dial 7522 Telephone 2-4164
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Funeral Directors Furniture, Rugs and Linoleum
311-313-315 N. W. Fifth St. Sycamore at First
Evansville, Indiana Evansville, Indiana
A. L. KINGSBURY Emaved
Business and Social Stationery
Groceries, Notions and Meats Annnnnwnentn' Guns
We Take Orders For Coal
Nussmeier Engraving Co
1126 First Ave.
Evansville, Indiana Evansville, Indiana
Evansville Supply Company
Mill, Mine and Factory
Electrical and Refrigerating Equipment
Boetticher and Kellogg Co.
FOR A REFRESHING
A FAVORITE FOR
F. W. COOK COMPANY
Adler Mayonnaise Co.
Invest in Rest,
C""'P'f"'e"'s of Buy Home Products
Crystal Pearl Products Co. T"""'f"'
Manufacturers Your Local Dealer
Pure Apple Cider Vinegar Evansville Mattress and Couch Co.
Com Sugar Vinegar- Mattresses, Pillows, Batting
Distilled Vinegar Studio Couches, Gym Pads,
Evansville, Indiana Repairing
Same former 10? value NOW
Complim en ts
Mr. A. I Becker
Ziliczk and Schafer Milling Co.
The Olshine Co.
605 Main Street
Good Clothes on Credit
For the Entire Family
Buy the Olshine 20-Pay Way
Ziemer Funeral Home
First Avenue and Delaware Street
Coast to xCoast Printers
We have endeavored to please you, SENIORS, in the
rnake-up and printing of YOUR annual. Thanks. We
now join with the many other well wishers and extend
to Xou our heartiest best wishes for your success in
wh fever field you choose.
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St. eylieintacl, Lgrwliana
Indiana Desk Company Congratulations
Desks, Tables, and Academy
3011001 F ufnifufe Immaculate Conception
Jasper, Indiana Ferdinand, Indiana
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St. Louis. Mo., Licensee No. 5
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