Thursday, November 10, 2022

Guest speaker Dr. John Mack at November meeting

Imagine you are a nun in 1886 and are called to “civilize” the Yuma Indians. Guest speaker at the November meeting, Dr.John Mack told the fascinating story of a nun who left a comfortable position as a school principal in San Diego. She was sent on a mission to teach the ‘pagan’ Quechuan tribe near Yuma.
League member Katie Tovar said, "Mother Ambrosia of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet became the only female Superintendent of Schools in the 19th century in the USA. Unlike almost all other missionaries, these Sisters learned the Quechuan language and taught the students in their native tongue. The chief, Pascual, became an ally of Mother Ambrosia and was baptized one week before his death. His funeral was attended by the Sisters. Dr. Mack’s paper was entitled Inside and Out: the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Education of Native Children in Yuma.”

President Chris Hackett introduced our informative speaker Dr. John Mack who gave a very educational and insightful talk.

Claire Nullmeyer and Anne Lupica entertained us wearing tiaras as they encouraged us to pre-purchase raffle tickets for Cinderella at Phoenix Theatre Dec. 11.

Norma Jean Coulter chats with Dr. Mack during lunch. Cathy Shumard and Dr. Josephine Pete visit.

Lindy Isacksen and Cathy Shumard

Mary Pat Honey and Dr. John Mack

Pat Christopherson and Pam Betz

Dr. Josephine Pete

Dr. Kristen Rex, AHS Dept of Education

Fall table decoration
Covid 19 Memorial quilt in lobby of AZ Heritage Center