Homecoming Weekend 2016, Three Alums Honored
St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s annual Homecoming Weekend kicked off on Friday, April 22 with approximately 100 guests attending a Mass and reception on campus. On Saturday, April 23 an estimated 225 alumnae, representing 42 different classes from 1933-2012, attended the homecoming luncheon at Metairie Country Club where they also saluted three of their fellow alumnae. Georgia Ann Power Horne, a 1956 graduate, received the 2016 St. Catherine of Siena Preaching Award, Katherine McKay Fitzmorris ’62, received the 2016 Sr. Mary Angela Mulhern, O.P. Service Award, and Karen Conrad Eagan, Class of 1974, received the 2016 Alumna of the Year Award.
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2016 St. Catherine of Siena Preaching Award – Mrs. Georgia Ann Power Horne ’56
Georgia Ann (Power) Horne has the distinction of being the second recipient of this prestigious Preaching Award presented by St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Georgia Ann’s Dominican education began at St. Matthias Elementary School and continued through St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Georgia Ann has always “served the community in working for justice.” In high school she was one of the first New Orleans recipients of the Girl Scouts Catholic Ancilla Domina Award, and during those years she was the official pianist at St. Matthias and for the Dominican Glee Club. She has continued to provide piano accompaniment each Thursday morning at Colonial Oaks Nursing Facility for Communion/Prayer Services or for Mass.
Georgia graduated from Loyola University with a B.S. Degree in Medical Technology. She was the laboratory technologist for 28 years and became certified as a nursing home administrator. She served as Administrator of Poydras Home for five years and as Assistant Administrator of Lafon Nursing Facility of the Holy Family for 16 years.
Georgia married George Horne in 1961. During their fifty-five years of marriage, their family has grown from four children – Mark, Beth, Jan and Jennifer – to sixteen, including two great grandchildren.
Georgia Ann preaches the values of the Gospel by her active participation in the life of St. Ann Parish in Metairie. She has been a mentor in the RCIA program, a member of the Parish Pastoral Council, a lector, an extraordinary minister of Communion, a member of the Sewing Seams of Faith Ministry, a member of the Wednesday morning prayer group, and chair of the hospitality committee. With her husband, George, she co-chaired the St. Ann Capital Campaign to raise funds for the post-Katrina renovations to St. Ann Church and National Shrine. Georgia Ann’s devotion was recognized by St. Ann Parish when Archbishop Hughes recognized her with the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion in 2009.
Georgia credits her professional success, her devotion to family, her service to neighbors and her dedication to St. Ann to the spiritual formation she received initially from her parents, followed by her education at St. Matthias, Dominican, and Loyola and to her experiences through service in the ministries in which she has served at St. Ann Parish.
Georgia is an “exemplar extraordinaire” of practicing spiritual and corporal works of mercy. In fact, “Mercy” could be her middle name. Her home has an “open door” for all those in need. She cooks for neighbors and friends who experience losses or are in crisis. In this special “Year of Mercy,” one need only live with Georgia Ann for one day to understand Pope Francis’ Anima.
2016 Sr. Mary Angela Mulhern, O.P. Service Award – Mrs. Katherine McKay Fitzmorris ’62
Serving the community and working for justice. These qualities are evident in our loving Kay who was born into the Dominican Tradition. Her mother Katherine Raphiel was a St. Mary’s Dominican High School graduate from the Class of 1937. Kay attended and graduated from St. Dominic School and continued her Dominican education at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, graduating in 1962. She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Dominican College. Valuing learning and pursuing excellence, Kay spent 45 years teaching in the Catholic School system leading others with dignity and calling forth the best in them. Kay is very active in St. Dominic Parish. She has served as the Director of the Vocation Chalice Program and as a member of the Pastoral Council. Her commitment to prayer, study, community, and service was recognized with the Archdiocesan Order of St. Louis IX Medallion.
At Dominican, Kay has served on the Alumnae Board, the Heritage Club, and volunteers on numerous committees, including the Annual Alumnae Appeal.
Kay is married to John D. Fitzmorris, Jr. They have five children – John, Jim, Patrick, Katey, and Ryan – and eight grandchildren. Her daughter Katey is a St. Mary’s Dominican High School graduate 1991 and is serving as the St. Mary’s Dominican High School Director of Student Activities. Four of her granddaughters – Kate, Annie, Maddie, and Molly – are currently attending Dominican and a fifth, Isabelle, will enroll in the fall of 2016. They are a four generation Dominican family.
2016 Alumna of the Year – Mrs. Karen Conrad Eagan ’74
Karen Conrad Eagan epitomizes the qualities of an outstanding alumna. As a student, Karen learned to think critically and independently and was recognized by both Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society. She was chosen to represent her class in Student Council, was Captain of the Debs, a member of the tennis team, and emcee of the student talent show.
Karen continued her studies at Louisiana State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and was active in her sorority. After graduation, she worked for 17 years in the Special Hematology Unit at Charity Hospital.
Karen and her husband, Quinn, married in 1982 and reared five beautiful daughters, four of whom attended Dominican. When her girls attended Dominican, Karen was involved with the St. Mary’s Dominican High School parents club and served as its President. She also chaired the Gala, both important and time-consuming positions vital to Dominican’s sustainability.
Their fifth daughter, Molly, is the heart of the family. Born with Down Syndrome, she is a source of strength and motivation for all of them. Karen has learned to lead others with dignity and lobbied the Superintendent of Orleans Parish Catholic Schools, encouraging them to adopt an inclusive education policy for children with special needs. Molly now attends St. Michael Special School. Karen is an important part of the school community, supporting all of their projects and working for justice. She served as the St. Michael’s Chef Charity chairperson, serves on the Capital Campaign Committee, and is currently the Secretary of the Parents Club.
Karen understands the importance of prayer in her daily life. As an active member of St. Dominic Parish, she is a Eucharistic Minister and is committed to Adoration in the Adoration Chapel, which she assisted in establishing. Karen has served as President of the Mothers’ Club, is a member of the Pastoral Council, and a board member of the finance committee. She spends countless hours supporting fundraising activities for both the school and the Church.
Karen has been an active member of the St. Mary’s Dominican High School Alumnae Association and served as President of the Alumnae Board from 2012-2014. She has been an instrumental part of many initiatives including STREAM™, Adopt-a-Family, Annual Alumnae Appeal, Alumnae Rally Day, the 2000 Campaign Task Force and the Heritage Club.
When we seek the qualities embodied in the Profile of a Dominican graduate, we can look at our Alumna of the Year, Karen Conrad Eagan.
The Class of 1966 Celebrated their 50 Year Reunion
As our special gift to the Class of 1966, they received handmade rosaries designed and created by Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Bellows Crawford, Class of 1986.