“Great-Souled Women” Honored at Vespers

At the President’s Council Vespers Service on December 12, four exceptional members of the Visitation community were honored for their loyalty, support, and leadership in service to the school and its students. Two received the St. Jane de Chantal Service Award from the school, while two received the Cross of Affiliation from the Sisters.

Honorees Raynetta Jackson-Clay and Olivia Wills Kane ‘85 are inextricably linked. In fact, it was Olivia’s call - as she prepared to vacate her role as Visitation’s Director of Student Activities to become Director of Admissions - that brought Raynetta to campus to interview for the role 26 years ago. In addition to her leadership of student activities, Raynetta has built Visitation’s equity and inclusion programming. She began Diversity Day, started the school’s Kaleidoscope Multicultural Club, and has mentored and coached thousands of students who still return to ask for her advice. Dan spoke at Vespers of her “gentle strength” in her work “to make Visitation a place of equity and inclusion for all.”

Olivia is an alumna, the former Director of Student Activities and Director of Admissions, a past parent, a current parent, and now serves as the founding Director of the St. Jane de Chantal Salesian Center. Working closely with the Monastery to ensure Salesian spirituality is understood, studied, and practiced, Olivia has also transformed the Visitation experience for our community. In bestowing the Cross of Affiliation upon her, Sister Mary Berchmans said the Monastery appreciates "her faith-filled embrace of the richness of our Salesian heritage and her prayerful striving to integrate its values in the daily life of our school community."

Longtime board member Caroline Maury Devine is a believer in the transformative power of a Catholic education. She saw its effect on her goddaughter, Christine Weeks Scofield ’95,  an extraordinary alum who died after a valiant fight with cancer. It was in the wake of her passing that Dan Kerns and Sister Berchmans met Maury, and she has been a champion of Visitation since, focused on making the Visitation education accessible to all deserving students through financial aid.

The Sisters also celebrated Alicia O’Brien Quick ‘66, who serves on staff at the Monastery. Alicia makes sure that a priest is always scheduled for daily Mass in the Chapel and often serves as liaison between the infirmed Sisters and their families, providing updates and communicating with them. Sister Berchmans called Alicia “a women of great service.”

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