thrived at educating teenage girls thru the 1960's and even shared instructors with Mallinckrodt HS, who were
in the same building. Unfortunately, during the later part of the 1960's, teaching orders started to have fewer girls
join the communities, which led to not as many nuns teaching and, as a result, put a strain on many parochial school's
finances by having to hire lay teachers.
Sr. Anastasia stated
in conclusion that "...beginning in June, 1968, the aspirancy was “temporarily” suspended. Only two applicants
had been received for the aspirancy for September; the total enrollment would be 16 or 17 students. The original plan was
to suspend the aspirancy for two years; however, after that period, it was not reopened."
you to Sr. Anastasia for her information on this page!)
The building that
housed Maria Immaculata Academy still stands today as a condiminum facility for senior citizens called Mallickrodt in the
ABOUT WILMETTE MARIA IMMACULATA ACADEMY
Year closed: 1968
"The two years
I spent as an aspirant with the Sisters were the most beautiful and happy days of my life. I attended from 1965
through 1967. The peaceful walk through the apple trees down to the cemetery and stations of the cross is incomparable
to any place that I have found to pray in lay life. It was a wonderful life. Thank you to all the sisters who helped
us grow closer to God. I would have loved to have seen the building one more time before the condo conversion."
"The year I attended the aspirancy was probably the most memorable of my life. I
would venture to say it was the most profoundly spiritual year I have ever
experienced. There will never again exist that spirit of community, that
special, extraordinary celebration of holidays. I even remember how we
celebrated the passing of a Sister's life. And yes, the "cemetery and stations of
cross is incomparable to any place that I have found to pray in lay life. It was
a wonderful life" I totally agree. The experience of living at Maria
Immaculata in 1960-61 has been incomparable. Hard to believe, it closed in
1968. Guess I would have just made it out of being a postulant."
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