"Don't forget Sister Julian! She had the biology lab, and our homeroom,
and was full of energy. I will always remember cheating on geometry in that room…sorry God, I still got two master's
degrees. Siena and its up and down staircases. How about those leadership retreats in Wisconsin?
Great memories of the Spotlight!"
**From Mark A. Hill:
"My great-aunt was a nun with the Sisters of Mercy, in Chicago Illinois between the years of 1930 - 1969. Her birth name was Clara
Elizabeth Taylor, but her name changed to Sister Mary Theophane Taylor after she became a
nun, in January 1930.
The Sisters of Mercy have been so kind as to inform me that
my great-aunt taught at three schools, in three different cities...Chicago, Des Plaines, and Milwaukee. pecifically, she
taught music and voice at Siena High School in Chicago. She was also affiliated with the Glee Club and Chorus, as
she had been a professional singer, of Operatic talent, in the private sector.
This note is in regards to my great-aunt Clara Taylor (Sr. M. Theophane Taylor). According to the
information I obtained from the Sisters of Mercy
, my aunt became a nun during 1930. With that information,
I managed to locate a Census document for that year, on Ancestry.com
. My aunt's name is third from the top :)
More the point, it also indicated that she was (presumably) teaching at St. Xavier Academy
and College. That does well to establish a timeline for my aunt's life in Chicago
She began life as a nun at St. Xavier, and continued on to Siena High School
, eventually passing
away in February 1969. She was laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth Illinois.
is to discover any bits or pieces about Clara's life. To learn who she was, and possibly even view a photograph of her. My
wildest hope, would be to hear her undoubtedly wonderful singing voice. But, any information at all would be greatly appreciated!"
**From Elizabeth Giangrego:
"I attended Siena 1960-64 and remember Sister Theophane vividly. There was
something magnificently grand about her as if she was some great operatic diva. I was cornered one day while on "convent duty,"
answering the telephones in the convent, by another nun. The other nun showed me a photo of herself before she entered the
convent. Judging by the hat, it was taken sometime in the early teens. Anyway, she showed me this photo and whispered "I was
much prettier than Sister Theophane," and then wafted away. I always wondered what THAT was about!"
**From Kathy Cotton-Barger:
"I attended Siena High School from 1966 to 1969. I have wonderful
memories of my days at Siena. I am in the process of searching for my yearbook. I will send you some photos as soom as I find
it. I'm looking forward to some more input from others."
**From Lillian Lazarro Zambetta:
"I attended Siena from 1958-1961 and attribute my "discipline" to
the one-way stairs and silence in the halls. Even so we had great times and many memories, especially the senior ski
trip and good ole Sister Alberta."
**From Mary Ann Wogan, Class of 1969:
" I was in the graduating class of 1969, have a lot of good memories of Siena. I live in Ireland
**From Jim Catanzaro:
"Hi there. Just getting started in the family genealogy, I recall my mom and her sisters and some good friends that went
to Siena. Names were Lilly
Warner, Mary J Warner and
I believe Bernice Asire, who married Joe Azzarello and if I am not mistaking Bernice is still alive and living in North Riverside,
but I can not locate her phone number or address."
(Coleman) Cox, class of 1975:
am) President of Civitan Luncheon Club, in Westpoint, MS. Married to Major Charlie Cox (Ret.) 40 years at GM plus
Army, (Have) three grown children, eight grandchildren, and one dog. We are blessed. Life is great. We are retried and
lived in south in Westpoint seen we moved in 1997. I have my school jacket. Smile. Yellow/ White! 1975!"
**From Judith Auer:
"Hi. 1957-59, I and a friend drove to a high school to
take voice lessons with a Sister Theophane. (I attended St. Pat's Academy in Des Plaines, and my friend went to a public high
school.) For some reason, I wanted to remember the high school, and with a little research found it was Mercy High School.
"I noticed the post from Mark A Hill (see above)
about his Aunt, who was Sister Theophane. I have a picture of her and can tell a few memories I have of her if he is
interested. There is no timeline on his post or a contact email.
"I have always heard she had been an opera singer before
entering the convent, and was interested in this information on her. I went on to be an opera singer, teacher, and stage director."
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