St. Angela’s Academy Alumnae
Let Your Light Shine!

A belated Happy Thanksgiving and an early Happy St. Ursula wish.

One of our Sisters has passed away.
Sister Magdalen Leibel, Age 94, passed away October 14, after a lengthy illness. She served as a domestic worker in various missions and was at St. Angela’s for many years working in the laundry and various other responsibilities. Prayers are at St. Angela Merici Residence on Friday, October 16 at 7 PM and funeral mass on Saturday at 10 AM. Burial will be at the Prelate cemetery that afternoon...

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Date: Friday, June 3, 2016 -Saturday June 4

Location: Cedar Lodge and Convention Center
(Just east of Dundurn, SK in
Blackstrap Provincial Park)

Contact Edwina Keller. Email
or phone 306-821-5019

Edwina would like the reunion committee to contact her.

Message from Sister Rosetta: Just a reminder that in the last newsletter I had asked for someone or two to take over the newsletter. To date I have not received any calls. I was hoping my emails would be so filled with volunteers but to date (October15) I have received none. Please.

Happy 100th birthday
Sister Dorothy Bertsch
Sister Dorothy will be 100 years on April 17 and the Ursulines and her family guests will be celebrating the occasion on Sunday, April 19.
There will be visiting, a program, Mass, banquet, and more visiting.
She is the first member of the Ursulines of Prelate to reach this milestone.
Congratulations Sister Dorothy.

Our thoughts are with Jesus as he died on the cross, but then
we rejoice at His Resurrection
Jesus is risen, Alleluia.
He is risen indeed.

A happy Easter day and season to all our Alumnae families, our friends, relatives and friends.

From all the Ursulines of Prelate



And they did!
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St. Angela’s Academy Alumnae Reunion   - by Sister Adelaide Fortowsky
The seventh Academy Reunion took place May 30, 31, 2014 at the Travelodge in Saskatoon. Friday night saw the usual excitement: hugs, and screams as girls met each other, some who had not seen each other for years. 
Saturday morning began with the general meeting at 9 A.M. led by President Helen Kalyn. Financial report was given by JoAnn Spence. A discussion ensued whether reunions of this kind and expense should be continued since only 47 girls had registered. There was overwhelming support to continue and the girls unanimously agreed they would take a more active role in promoting them. A reunion committee was struck consisting of Edwina (Keller) Weninger, chairperson, and other members: Yvette (Keller) Gruber Denise (Chouinard) Hallam, Jolene (Hansen) Orthner, Pam (Martin) Van de Mosselaer, Brenda (Martin) Helman. They set the next reunion for 2016.
Lunch was served at 11 AM after which everyone proceeded to the new Saskatoon Diocesan Cathedral for mass. Bishop Don Bolen was the celebrant and Father David Tumbach was co-celebrant and homilist. He particularly spoke of the academy and what it has meant to the lives of so many people. The music directresses were Sharon Hoffart and Brenda Helman.Pianist was Louise Souillet-Hawkins.
There was a prayer ceremony for  the deceased former students from various decades as well as their deceased parents, families members, friends and benefactors of St. Angela's. Seven alumnae each lit a candle as Sister Rosetta announced the various decades.
After the recessional hymn, as has been the tradition for all reunions, the Holy City was sung led by Sharon Hoffart and Rosalyn Martin with Sister Teresita Kambeitz at the piano. It was uplifting as everyone joined, especially in the chorus.
The next stop was at St. Angela Merici Residence for coffee and dainties , to visit the Sisters, to tour the facility and especially to see and hear Sister Hermana explain the "Heritage Room." This room is now a remnant of what was the large museum at Prelate.
People returned to the Travelodge for cocktails and a delicious banquet for some 85 people. Patricia Linfoot chaired the banquet. Susan Hinger and Sally Mitzel gave the toast to the Sisters to which Sister Hermana replied. Sister Louisa Brost presented the toast to the alumnae and Rose Fortier responded. Sister Teresita then reflected on the image of St. Angela's Academy as  a table that offered a feast that nurtured the hearts, minds, and souls of the many thousands for 88 years. She spoke of how the painful decision was made to close and how now, the alumnae need to carry on the spirit and be the "dessert" of faith, hope and love wherever they may be.
The evening ended with a delightful "talented"  but "unrehearsed" entertaining program with Jolene (Hansen) Orthner and Sister Dianne Sehn being the comical and proficient MC's. One of the highlights was the "sharing" or "confessing" some of the various "pranks" they did as students and which they thought the Sisters did not know about. In most cases, the Sisters knew.
It was another memorable occasion to bring St. Angela's alive in our memories and our lives. As one person wrote on her message card at the end, "It was a celebration of the good, beautiful and true and I am very happy for the decision of the Alumnae to continue the effort to gather periodically." Indeed, it was to put "heart prints" into each other's lives.

Reunion 2014: "Our girls" came! Sisters came! Guests came! It was wonderful! Details will follow in newsletter, on website, and Facebook.
Start planning now.
Great things happened! A committee of Alumnae will plan and do all the preparation for the next reunion. God is good.

Some random photos below and in no particular order. Thanks to Christine Skulski, Rose Fortier, Kate Carnell and others for permission to use some of their photos.



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This was the first St. Angela’s Academy Reunion not held at St. Angela’s Academy but in Saskatoon

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Final Closing Celebration for Alumnae, July 22, 2007

“Our echoes roll from soul to soul and grow forever and forever.” (Tennyson)

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And may our light ever shine!

Alumnae Reunion July 7, 8, 9 /2006

Stories, songs, skits and gales of laughter marked the fourth Alumnae Reunion at St. Angela's Academy, Prelate, SK, July 7-9th. Former students came from points as far away as Australia, Mexico and Kentucky, as well as Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Medicine Hat and numerous locations in Saskatchewan.
During the afternoon, the theme "Those Were the Days" was illustrated decade by decade, beginning with the Ihringer sisters, Margaret Gill and Sister Louise, who regaled the audience with their dramatization of Academy events in the 1920's. The Academy's long tradition of choral excellence came alive at Mass as the chapel reverberated with the women's grand and beautiful congregational singing. In his homily, Bishop Albert LeGatt recalled that St. Angela Merici founded the Company of St. Ursula during turbulent times in northern Italy nearly 500 years ago for the education of girls and women. Today, teenaged girls also live in turbulent times as they face enormous pressures to dress, act and think in ways that dehumanize them. He commissioned the alumnae to continue Angela's ministry by working to improve the lives of modern girls in keeping with the gospel of Jesus who, he stated, was a true feminist and a true humanist. "Jesus held a profound belief in the dignity of women, for example the daughter of Jairus and the woman with the hemorrhage in last week's gospel," said Bishop LeGatt. "He sought to improve their lives in every way through healing them, calling them to be disciples, befriending them and educating them toward the fullness of life."
At the evening banquet, Sister Teresita Kambeitz, General Superior of the Ursulines of Prelate, outlined the Ursuline educational vision thus: "By a full and harmonious development of all that constitutes her wealth, her strength and her beauty, each girl under our direction works out the magnificent plan of God" and urged the alumnae to continue to develop their own gifts and those of other girls and women so as to make a significant contribution to the church and to the world. Sister Rosetta Reiniger, Executive Director of St. Angela's Academy, was honored with a standing ovation for her leadership role in the Academy and the Alumnae Association. Then a lively and sparkling "Variety Night" showcased the many talents of the alumnae in vocal, instrumental and comedy numbers, closing with the traditional singing of "The Holy City" led by Elaine Brilz-Barth of Calgary in an emotion-packed finale.
At the Saturday business meeting, Sharon Martin-Hoffart was elected president of the Alumnae Executive, succeeding Betty-Ann Hartman-Lefebvre of Medicine Hat. The next Alumnae Reunion is scheduled for July of 2010.

The night before the reunion, the Sisters prepare the program and the "goody bags."


The sharing soon began.

The singing at the Eucharist was uplifting and will long be remembered. Bishop LaGatt, Bishop of Saskatoon honoured us with his presence.


The Program: Who has laughed more than during the concert program when the "Richmound Bunch" presented their version of Cinderella!
And the sharing of "the decades" revealed some secrets! Sister Louise Ihringer, along with her sister , Margaret (Ihringer) Gill, told of happenings in the 1920's and 30's.

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Alumnae executive: Betty-Ann Lefebvre, Past- President; Sharon Hoffart, President; Brenda Martin, Secretary; Dolores Meuchel, Treasurer, Vice-president, Elaine Barth Ursuline liason, Sister Rosetta

The Academy kitchen staff (Eurest Foods) outdid themselves in providing all the snacks, luncheon, banquet, and pancake breakfast. All was delicious

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Prelate Centennial Celebration

On August 2,3,4, 2013, Prelate celebrated its centennial. Close to 600 people were present for all or some of the activities. God blessed us with beautiful weather since most of the activities were outside. There was a parade with over 60 floats. There were tours to the Sandhills and Blumenfeld church. In the evening there was a street dance with music by “The Chevelles” followed and outstanding fireworks. Sunday morning was an interdenominational prayer service. That afternoon was entertainment featuring local talent. Most importantly, there was the visiting and renewing acquaintances. The committee, volunteers, and all the people of Prelate are to be commended for a wonderful weekend. Eight of us Ursulines went for the entire weekend and four more came for Saturday. Our Ursuline / Academy float was fairly simple with information placed onto our six passenger van.

An area north of the hall has been designated as an historical dedication to the pioneers. People could purchase paving stones with their family or individual names. img_2433 This section includes the cairn which used to be in front of the gym. img_2428 Thank you Prelate and congratulations.

Honorary President: Sister Anne Lewans, General Superior, 306-653-2134
President: Helen (Sperling) Kalyn
Vice-President: Elaine (Brilz) Barth 403-278-4347
Past President: Sharon (Martin) Hoffart 403-548-1093403-548-1093
Secretary: Allison Hunter
Treasurer: JoAnn (Rajchyba) Spence 306-682-3879
Ursuline Liaison: Sister Rosetta Reiniger 306-242-5576 or cell 306-361-8034
Web Page:
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St. Angela’s Academy Alumnae
Attention: Sister Rosetta
125 Cree Crescent
Saskatoon, SK. Canada S7K 7J1
Fax: 306- 242-0427
Change of Address

Let us all continue to "LET OUR LIGHT SHINE."