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Bishop Fitzgerald Blesses the New Welcome Center at Hallahan

Welcome Center photoOn Friday, March 21, 2014, the John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School community was honored to have Most Rev. Michael J. Fitzgerald, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, bless the new Welcome Center. Bishop Fitzgerald first presided over Mass with the entire Hallahan student body and then convened a smaller group in the Welcome Center. Mary Mackey Cain ’41, the alumna donor who made this project possible and for whom the Welcome Center is named, attended with her family. The architect and designer Philip Ryan, who has also been involved with Barnes Foundation and University of Pennsylvania, spoke of the joy in designing and creating the space. The blessing was also attended by Hallahan alumnae, members of the President’s Advisory Board, Alumnae Association President Jane Dougherty ’56, and Casey Carter, CEO of Faith in the Future. A highlight of the morning was when student musicians Justine Czop ’14 on harp and Gayeon Lee ’14 on clarinet played the Hallahan Alma Mater song and the alumnae, staff, and students immediately began to sing. The unison in song matched the beauty of the occasion.

Upon walking into the beautiful Welcome Center, one is immediately struck by the oversized white compass traced on the blue walls. The compass envisions the school’s motto “Center City is Our Campus, Jesus Christ is Our Compass.” Next to the compass is a large wooden cross. The cross is made from 200 year old reclaimed hickory, which was in a hickory beam at the former farm and convent of the Contemplative Sisters of the Good Shepherd in North Philadelphia. As Philip Ryan stated, “One of the key goals of the new renovation of the John W. Hallahan offices was to present a modern, welcoming face without losing sight of the religious institution’s values and rich history”. The Welcome Center is a beautiful space with updated technology to best meet the needs of the school. Hallahan President Sandra Young remarks, “We are delighted with the Mary Mackey Cain ’41 Welcome Center and invite students, parents, alumnae and friends to visit. Now that Phase 1 is complete, we eagerly look forward to the Phase 2 of the renovations, our Chapel revitalization.”

For more information about the Mary Mackey Cain ’41 Welcome Center, and the Chapel Revitalization Campaign, please contact Reenie Ednie, Director of Advancement, at rednie@jwhallahan.com or 215-563-8930 x250.

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