- A Night at the Races
- Regional Connector Event
- Mums of Alums Spirituality Series
- Reunion Weekend
- Spring Wine Social Sponsored by the Mums of Alums
- Mums of Alums Doors of Villa Tour
- Villa Yogi Hour
- Class of 2019 Halloween Treat Gathering
- Alum Day of Service
- Fruit & Flower Sale
- Gingerbread Houses with Santa
- Mums Christmas Basket Coffee
- Young Alumni Holiday Happy Hour
- Class of 2019 Valentine Treat Gathering
- Mums of Alums Military Outreach
Friday, February 21, 2020
Gates open at 6:30 pm
First race post time at 7:00 pm
A Night At The Races allows you to experience the fun, the excitement, the feel of being at a horse race in person! Using "funny-money", each person "bets" on a winning horse of the six races that will be run. The evening is designed so that whether you are a novice or a veteran gambler, you can play, win, and have fun. Register below and we will see you at the starting gate!
- Bring your own food and beverages.
- There will be drink tickets available to purchase for the bar, offering bottled beer (Schlafly and AB Products), wine, water, and soda.
- A signature drink will be available, so come ready to partake in the decades-old tradition of having a Mint Julep as you watch the horses cross the finish line.
- Enter the Best Hat Contest.
- Purchase raffle tickets to win fantastic items.
Proceeds from this event support the Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae Association and the Sr. Mary Gray McNally Scholarship. The event is for guests aged 21 or older. In the event of inclement weather, purchases are non-refundable and the event will be rescheduled.
Mark your calendars to learn more about the life of our St. Philippine Duchesne at the Spirituality Speaker Series.
November 1, 2019 - Kathleen Hughes, rscj
February 7, 2020 - Donna Collins, rscj
March 6, 2020 - Fran Gimber, rscj
Please join us for On to New Frontiers: the Mission Spreads, presented by Frances Gimber, RSCJ, on First Friday, March 6, 2020, 9:30 a.m. in the Lenke Global Education Center (GEC) at Villa Duchesne.
Sister Gimber will discuss how the Society moved beyond Europe and the Americas after the dramatic event of 1818, Philippine Duchesne's voyage to America and her mission endeavors in the New World, and thus, the beginnings of the internationality of the Society.
Since returning to Saint Louis in 2012, Sister Gimber has worked on the translation of a major history of the Society of the Sacred Heart and on the English version of Philippine’s writings, as well as various editorial projects. Prior to coming here to take charge of the archives, she spent seven years in the secretariat of our motherhouse in Rome. Before that, she was a teacher, surveillante, headmistress, and director of studies in several Sacred Heart schools in this country (Kenwood, Stone Ridge, Greenwich, 91st Street, and Woodlands) and one in Japan. Her novitiate training was at Kenwood in Albany, and she was professed in Rome in 1964. In summary, Sister Gimber says, "I have always been vitally interested in our Society’s history and our mothers, and this interest has deepened in the last years as a result of my work both at the motherhouse and in the archives."
The Mission Continues: the 2019-2020 Sacred Heart Spirituality Series
From the beginnings and still, in the journey of the Heart, the mission is to discover and to reveal God's love in the world. Our founder Madeleine Sophie Barat urged "Let love be your life." Today, serving in 41 countries, in the spirit of Philippine Duchesne, the Religious of the Sacred Heart prepare the young for today and tomorrow and seek out the poor and the voiceless in society. "Every frontier calls out for pioneers to follow God's call and the wisdom to pray always." (rscj.org) The Sacred Heart Spirituality Series this year will explore how we carry forward that mission, launched and lived by our two founder-saints, how the mission spread to frontiers beyond the first foundations, and how we are invited to be Christ's Heart in the world, as we pray always. Indeed, our mission continues.
NOTE: Books, gift items, and cards from the Gift Shop at the Shrine of Saint Philippine will be available for purchase in the adjacent Parlor Dining Room before and after the presentation.
The Sacred Heart Spirituality Speakers Series is sponsored three times annually by the Mums of Alums at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School for the benefit of the entire Sacred Heart family. It represents the Alum Mothers’ effort to participate in the stewardship of the vision of Saint Madeleine Sophie and endeavors of Saint Philippine Duchesne – a second sowing of the Sacred Heart mission by parents who gave to their children the gift of Sacred Heart education and who continue to cherish Life at the Sacred Heart.
All are most welcome!
- Friday Mass and Luncheon
- Saturday Honoree Day | Classes Years ending in 4 and 9
- Hotel Reservations
- Reunion Registration
- Très Bien Award
Friday, April 17, 2020
Sponsored and organized by the Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae AssociationAll alumnae of Villa Duchesne and City House are invited to attend. 10 am
Alumnae Mass in the Villa Duchesne Chapel with Très Bien Awards and the induction of the Class of 2020. Très Bien Award Winners Nominations are due by December 15, 2019. Please visit the Très Bien for more information about how to nominate an alumna. 11:30 am Luncheon and class photos in the Kenefick Gymnasium
- Reunion classes will be called up to get class photos during the luncheon (any class ending in a 5 or 0)
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Sponsored by Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School Alumnae/i Office
For all Honor, Reunion Classes, and families.
Honor Classes: 1970, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015
Reunion Classes: 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990
11 am - 2 pm on the Front Lawn of the Towers
- Buffet Lunch
- Open Bar - Wine, Beer, Signature Drink, Pellegrino, Soda, and Water
- Dessert Trucks
- Games - Wine Toss, Corn Hole, Giant Jenga, Washers, Pick-Up Sticks, Yardtzee, and more
- Activities - Photo Booth, Caricature, Balloon Art, Henna Tattoos, and more
- 1929 Main Building will be open to explore
- Bring your spouses, friends, children, and families!
Hotel Block for Out-of-Town Alumnae
A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. Please make your reservation now!
- Dates available Thursday, April 16, through Sunday, April 20, 2020
- $144 Room Rate: 2 Queen Bed Executive Level rooms available
- Call 314-824-6028, to place your reservation
- Please reference Villa Duchesne or use the group confirmation number: 3150987629
- Reservations should be made by Wednesday, April 15, 2020 to receive the discount
Make your plans with your classmates and save your spot. We look forward to seeing you in April. Please plan your class parties at times that will allow everyone the opportunity to come to the school events if they wish. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Drone Gehm '88, Manager of Alumnae/i Relations, at email@example.com or 314.810.3420.
Presented to recipients on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 10 am Mass. All nominations are due by December 14, 2018.
What is the Très Bien Award?
Each year, a small group of esteemed alumnae receive the Très Bien Award for their service to the school and community. The Très Bien Award is given to Villa Duchesne-City House alumnae who demonstrate in their lives the traditions and values of their Sacred Heart education. The award recognizes exemplary service or achievement in the community or to one’s family, church, or profession.
If you would like to nominate an alumna for this award, please contact the Villa Duchesne-City House Alumnae Association Très Bien Committee Chair, Mimi McEnery Fonseca '80 at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also mail in your nomination to:
Mimi McEnery Fonseca
7 Woods Hill Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Please include the following:
- Nominee's first, maiden (if applicable), and last name
- Nominee's class year and school
- Specific examples that describe how the alumna lives the traditions and values of their Sacred Heart education
- Your first, maiden (if applicable), and last name
- Your class year and school
- Your contact information
Mums of the Villa Duchesne Class of 2019, come and help package Halloween Treat Bags for our recent graduates! We will be stuffing the packages and writing notes on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 9 am in the Log Cabin behind the 1929 Main Building.
Please supply your child's college address by filling out the form below before October 23rd. If a school address is not received, then the package will be mailed to the parent's address.
Join us for our Alumni Day of Service as we live out our Sacred Heart Goal 3 - social awareness which impels to action. The Feast of St. Philippine Duchesne will be celebrated with Mass on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8:15 am in chapel.
After Mass, volunteers will leave for The Little Bit Foundation, working hand-in-hand to give, serve, and advocate for impoverished children in St. Louis. We will work at the distribution center from approximately 10 am until approximately 1 pm. There we will work together to pull items for individual student orders; count, sort and prep items for delivery; and assemble kits. There is also an opportunity to volunteer as a school representative and make a visit to a Little Bit school to deliver needed items for individual students.
Space is limited to 40 distribution center volunteers and 6 school visit volunteers, so submit your registration by filling out the form below
Get ready for our annual holiday gathering for young alums. Calling all Villa and Oak Hill alumni who graduated high school between 2007-2017! Join us for some holiday cheer at Par Lounge on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm. Bring your classmates and toast to friendships and your alma mater, first drink is on us! Must be 21 years old to attend.
If you graduated prior to 2007, mark your calendar for May 19, 2020 for our spring alum social back on campus.
Celebrating in 2018!
Mums of the Villa Duchesne Class of 2019, come and help package Valentine Treat Bags for our recent graduates! We will be stuffing the packages and writing notes on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 5:30 pm in the Log Cabin behind the 1929 Main Building (our original date of February 5th was canceled because campus was closed due to inclement weather)
The address supplied back in October for the Halloween mailing will be used unless the address has changed. If there is a new address, please supply your child's college address by filling out the form below before February 9th. If a school address is not received, then the package will be mailed to the parent's address.
MUMS, WE NEED YOU!
Mums of Alums will be filling care packages to deliver to the USO Lambert Airport Facility. This facility serves young men and women traveling on their way overseas and is also a meeting point for up to 1,000 new recruits each week on their way to Ft. Leonard Wood for basic training. The services this USO facility offers include areas for relaxing and sleeping, canteen area, complimentary beverages and snacks, toiletries and personal care items, first aid supplies, and much more. Together, we can fill care packages of necessary items for the USO to give to our military personnel! To make your shopping just a little easier, click here to visit the Military Outreach Amazon Shopping List.
- Starkist Tuna Packs
- Slim Jims/Beef Jerky
- Pringles/Stax chips (canisters)
- Snack Cakes
- Maruchan Instant Lunches
- Granola Bars
- Trail Mix
- Fruit Snacks
- Hard Candy/Suckers
- Vienna Sausages
- Rice Krispie Treats (store bought)
- Shaving Cream
- Wet Ones Wipes
- Dental Floss
Please bring needed items between February 6th and 11th and drop them in the bins located on the porch of the Log Cabin behind the 1929 Main Building. You can also bring them with you on February 12, 2020 at 9 am as we count on your help assembling and filling packages in the Log Cabin behind the 1929 Main Building.
Our Oak Hill students will be writing cards and letters to include in the care packages, while our Villa Duchesne students will participate in an out-of-uniform day to raise money for the St. Louis VA Medical Center Fisher House at Jefferson Barracks. Together, as a Sacred Heart community, we are helping our current military, our veterans, and their families. Goals 3 and 4 in action!
For questions, please contact Rachel Gehm '88, Manager of Alumni Relations at email@example.com or 314-810-3420