Sister Louise’s Comments on the 75th Anniversary of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

Franciscan Community Director

Franciscan Sister Louise Hembrecht congratulates Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, on its 75th anniversary.

On behalf of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, the Sponsor of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, I would like to take this opportunity to offer Congratulations to all who have been instrumental in the growth of the College over these past seventy-five years.

We are most grateful for the insight and wisdom of the Foundresses of the College, then Holy Family College, for Mother Generose, her Council, and the Sisters who formed the staff and the first Faculty. We are grateful for those who have served at the College through the years, and we are especially grateful for the students who currently are enrolled at Silver Lake College and for the dedication of those who serve now as staff, faculty, and in administration.

A seventy-fifth anniversary is usually considered a diamond anniversary. Diamonds don’t just appear magically in the natural world. They are formed, purified, by time and the challenges of pressure and fire. In the world of the College, there have been challenges over the past seventy-five years, challenges and opportunities,  that have expanded the College: opening the doors to lay women, building, making the College co-ed, keeping the liberal arts focus but expanding the professional programs, becoming more aware of the Franciscan character of the College.

This celebration of the seventh-fifth anniversary of Silver Lake College is a milestone, not an end point or even a resting place. As we go forward, we have challenges to face today, for example, financial and enrollment challenges and the need to be clear about our Catholic identity.

We, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, are proud to be the Sponsor of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. In some ways, we think of it as our College, but we know that it is a ministry that we hold in trust for the Church. We know that present and future success of the College lies in partnership with our lay colleagues and that together the College can and will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus in union with the Catholic Church. Only then will we truly be able  say that we have learned to “connect mind and spirit the Franciscan way.”

4 thoughts on “Sister Louise’s Comments on the 75th Anniversary of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family”

  1. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    When I went to graduate school at the University of San Francisco, I realized the great education I had received at SLC. I was more than equipped for study, for participation and for integration. I will always be grateful to the Franciscan Sisters for the opportunity to study at SLC and for the faculty and staff who facilitated and enhanced my education. Now I am proud to be an adjunct faculty member!

  2. Sannjoachim says:

    Thank you, Sister Louise. A carefully worded document which expresses the years of service given by many of our Sisters. May it continue to spread the Word of God to all who attend.

  3. Ssharon says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to all those past, present and future who gave of themselves so whole-heartedly to contrubute to those 75 “GROWING” or “sliding” years of challenges and successes. May the Lord & His Blessed Lady be praised! Sr. Louise, I appreciated your comment that Silver Lake College is “not an end point or a resting place” because there are many challenges to overcome that require wisdom and problem-solving, money, sweat & tears. I can remember many faithful, inspiring Sisters and lay people who believed in the college and worked and sacrificed endlessly. We THANK them and wish blessings on those who presently are taking their places to further the mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. You are in our prayers and thoughts! Sr. Sharon Paul, O.S.F.

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