Mrs. Alexis Hernandez, Sister Carla Hernandez, Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski,
Sister Carla Hernandez, OSBM, was honored Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, for thirty years of service as principal and teacher at St. Basil Academy, Fox Chase Manor, PA.
Sisters, Academy alumnae and Parents Club members, family and friends gathered in Holy Trinity Chapel for the special 11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy during which convent chaplain, Rev. Daniel Troyan, spoke of Sister Carla’s commitment, like the Women of the Resurrection, to spread the Good News of the Living Gospel among those entrusted to her care. For twenty-six years Sister Carla, an administrator known for her mild, but firm, manner and her ability to recognize a student’s or teacher’s academic potential, lived that message that would help confirm St.Basil Academy’s reputation for providing quality education in a safe, happy and spiritual environment.
At the reception that followed, Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, Provincial
Superior and herself a former SBA principal, spoke of Sr. Carla’s
own Academy days as a young student from Honduras who applied herself
to her studies and excelled in basketball and who eventually entered
the community of the Sisters who taught her. Sister Carla went on
to teach Spanish and business courses, becoming principal in 1986,
for a total of thirty years spent at SBA. "Sister Carla is St. Basil
said Sister Dorothy Ann, describing the gentle and caring Sister
who once served as her assistant principal.
Good wishes were then extended to Sister Carla by Sister Lydia Anna Sawka, the present principal of St. Basil Academy, who expressed her initial hesitation in following in the footsteps of her able predecessor, but who then found it her good fortune to assume an office left in order by one so competent. Sister Lydia Anna encouraged all present to continue their support for SBA to ensure its growth and prosperity.
In her response to her well-wishers, Sister Carla spoke of her gratitude
to all who had loyally supported her and St. Basil Academy enabling her,
the Sisters, the faculty and staff to accomplish so many worthy goals.
that the oft-repeated remark of the students that makes her most happy
is that "St. Basil Academy feels like home."
An added highlight of the day’s festivities was the presence of Sister Carla’s mother, Mrs. Alexis Hernandez, who will shortly celebrate her one hundredth birthday.
The special tribute to Sister Carla was jointly arranged by the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, the Administration of St. Basil Academy and the SBA Alumnae Office, Susan Bilotta, Director.
Sister Carla Hernandez surrounded by former classmates and St. Basil Academy Principal
L-R Marianne Fay Vardaman, Sister Emellia Prokopik, OSBM, Sister Carla Hernandez,
Frances De Vincent, Marie Hanusey
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