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