As part of the celebration, current and former faculty processed in academic regalia, along with members of the senior class – who in May will be the first graduates of Emmanuel’s second century. The event was held in the gymnasium of the Jean Yawkey Center to accommodate the large crowd, a space which was transformed with replicas of the iconic Chapel’s stained-glass windows.
“We come together just across campus from our beautiful Chapel – symbols of which are reproduced here in the windows of Our Lady and St. Anne,” said Emmanuel College President Sister Janet Eisner, SNDdeN.
As part of the musical celebration, the Emmanuel College choir reprised a piece composed in honor of Sister Janet’s 40th anniversary and first performed at a special Liturgy during Alumni Weekend in June of 2019. Titled “Ah qu’il est bon!,” the composition by Sister Janet’s nephew Joe Taff is based on the words of Saint Julie Billiart.
“Now we begin our second century and it is right that we do so in prayerful gratitude and worship, said Sr. Janet. “The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who established this college acted out of a confident belief in the goodness of God. They believed – as we just exclaimed – ‘Ah qu’il est bon, le bon dieu!’. Their conviction and courage empowered generations of graduates to make superb contributions in a host of professions while building a more just, peaceful and inclusive society.”