Marian hosted its annual Class Reunions Weekend from September 29 to October 1, bringing together alumnae celebrating an impressive 12 different reunion classes. All alumnae who had graduated anywhere from five to 60 years ago received invitations to return to the campus, setting the stage for a weekend filled with cherished memories and enduring friendships. Alumnae, hailing from diverse corners of the country including Delaware, Alabama, California, and Florida, journeyed back to Marian with one common goal - to rekindle the special bonds they had forged during their time at the school.
The weekend commenced with a spirited start as our Marian community gathered for Friday's Field Day, where they were joined by this year’s judges Karrie Dallou Rabban ’77, Lydia Sawchuk ’83, Stephanie Storen Jett ’93, Leigh Gruley Dobbs ’98, and Catherine Audette ’13, all of whom were celebrating their respective milestone reunions.
Homecoming Cocktail Party
Friday evening provided a perfect backdrop for reconnecting with old friends and forming new connections at the annual Homecoming Cocktail Party. Catering was provided by Sweetest Gourmet, owned by alumnae parent Cathy Weatherford. Pat O’Leary Knipper ’77, Alumnae Engagement Coordinator, extended a warm welcome to all attendees, emphasizing the importance of alumnae involvement in the school and future alumnae activities.
Sarah Agius Davis ’97, Alumnae Board President, shared the many volunteer opportunities available to alumnae and upcoming events hosted by the alumnae board. Heather Greig Sofran ’96, reflected on her vision for Marian as she embarks on her tenure as president.
Following the program, alumnae toured the building to see the changes since their last visit. Lively conversations centered on uniforms, schoolwork, teachers, after-school activities, and the amazing menu for lunches during the school day!
19th Annual Alumnae Family Mass
Alumnae and their families returned to the Marian auditorium for the 19th annual Alumnae Family Mass on October 1, celebrated by Fr. Patrick Dorsy, SJ, Director of Development for University Special Projects at University of Detroit Mercy.
Melissa Penrice Stewart ’99, her mother Susan Hakim Potoczak ’74, and her daughter, Freshman Emily Stewart ’27, presented the offertory gifts. Marian’s Liturgical Choir, conducted by Vocal Arts Teacher Mrs. Amy Blevins led the congregation in song. Members of the Marian Pastoral team participated in the liturgy with readings and petitions. The Mass was followed by a continental breakfast in the Student Dining Area.
Reunion weekend serves as a reminder of the life-long bonds and sisterhood that Marian fosters. While time may pass, the bond of the sisterhood lasts.