Joan Magnetti, RSCJ, was recently honored for her fifty years of service in education. Nearly 300 guests attended the Annual Ladies Luncheon to benefit the Catholic Academies of Bridgeport, where Sister Magnetti has served as executive director for the past four years. The Catholic Academies serves 1,025 inner-city children in three Bridgeport Catholic schools. More than 65 percent of students receive some sort of tuition assistance, and the Catholic Academies grants more than $2 million in scholarships annually. The luncheon benefited the scholarship fund, raising more than $220,000.
Sister Magnetti served for many years in Sacred Heart Schools, since the noviceship in 1968. First as teacher in several schools, as headmistress at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, New Jersey for 13 years and then nineteen years as headmistress of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Religious of the Sacred Heart from Albany, St. Louis, Boston and Fairchester, New York attended the luncheon in support of Sister Magnetti.
Barbara Rogers, RSCJ, headmistress of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Newton, Massachusetts, introduced Sister Magnetti and told stories about working with her at Stuart when Sister Rogers was a young RSCJ. Sister Magnetti spoke on her years in education and the changes in the Society over the years, as well as what she had learned from the children she served. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano praised Sister Magnetti for her leadership both in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Images are used by permission of the Bridgeport Diocese. Additional photos from the event are available on the Diocese of Bridgeport's Flickr page.