In March, as part of Emmanuel’s Centennial Celebration more than two hundred alumni, faculty and friends of Emmanuel College gathered for a special celebration. This event included an alumni panel discussion called, “Ever Changing, Ever Emmanuel: 100 Years of Adaptation,” focused on the College’s ability to adapt and thrive during key moments of change. It was followed by the unveiling of a museum quality decade by decade history of the College on the second floor of the administration building.
On May 30th, more than four hundred guests gathered at Emmanuel for a Gala Celebration honoring Sister Janet on her fortieth anniversary. Guests were welcomed at the event by Gala Co-Chairs Margaret L. McKenna ‘83 and Leslie McCafferty ‘76.
Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap delivered the blessing and invocation. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, spoke to the audience saying, “that even amid the challenges of the current higher education landscape, Emmanuel is thriving and adapting to meet the needs of students in a rapidly changing world.” In recognition of her leadership, Mayor Walsh proclaimed May 30, 2019, Sister Janet Eisner Day in the City of Boston.
Sister Anne Mary Donovan, SNDdeN, the College’s treasurer and chief financial officer announced on behalf of the Board of Trustees that Emmanuel’s historic Administration Building would be dedicated as the Sister Janet Eisner Administration Building.
Sister Janet, who was called Emmanuel’s “Second Founder” in a recent article in The Boston Globe, spoke to the gathering at the Gala and reflected on her years at the College. “As we move into our second century, we know well that we must continue to anticipate key trends in technology, the economy, and the workplace. Our founders gave us the name Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us.’
And I believe that to the core of my being. It is very real to us as we experience God’s amazing action in our work, in our lives and in the journeys of our students and graduates. For me this is a source of great joy.”
On the afternoon of June 1st, during Emmanuel Centennial Alumni Weekend, nearly seven hundred came together for a joyful Liturgy in honor of Sister Janet’s fortieth anniversary. During the evening, alumni celebrated their reunions under the lights in a glass house on the College’s quad.
Congratulations, Sister Janet on celebrating your 40th anniversary as President of Emmanuel College. All best wishes as you lead Emmanuel into its second century.