From February 2, 2020 to February 2, 2021, we will be celebrating and giving thanks on the occasion of our 125th anniversary.
Each day of this coming year we will tell our story. Daily, we will feature a short description of one of our sisters near or on the day of her death if deceased, or if living on her birthday. When not featuring a Sister, we will share glimpses of our history or features of our lives that are important to us.
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Day 268: October 26, 2020
St. Vitus Becomes a New Generation of Immigrants
The enrollment at St. Vitus School decreased rapidly in the 1960’s, and the school was to close soon. A new culture was being welcomed, namely a Hispanic community of Mexican and Puerto Rican origin. In 1969, the Benedictine Sisters left after a seventy-four year history of service there with much gratitude from the parish. However, St. Vitus Parish would continue its immigrant status which started with the Czechs and now Hispanics, who were grateful to the Czechs for leaving them their church. At its 75th Anniversary celebration, the children’s choir sang the Mass in four languages (Latin, Czech, English, and Spanish), paying tribute to the dignity of the traditions of these cultures. The Hispanics too had a strong commitment to the Catholic faith, inspired to work for community building based on justice, peace, and love. They brought with them their intimate devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose motherly glance reminded them of her special care for them as they adjusted to a new and different environment.