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Dec 12

Misc photos of Marygrove -- old 069.jpgThe Monroe Advocate featured a small ad on Christmas Day, 1845 soliciting students to enroll in a new academy for educating girls in the Catholic faith. The former Frenchtown settlement named for President James Monroe in southeast Michigan was in the throes of a terribly harsh winter, rendering villagers house-bound. It was all they could do to keep their yule logs burning while preparing the traditional goose or turkey for their Christmas feasts.

The headline that appeared on the second page read: “Young Ladies’ Academy. Under the Direction of the Sisters of Providence” followed by a prospectus of the new school, founded for the purpose of educating the daughters of French-speaking families. It was the beginning of a new model from the soon-to-be renamed Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), a congregation of women who devised a standard of Catholic education which, over the course of the next 80 years, would evolve and grow to include Marygrove College in Detroit.

Read more: A Lesson in Stewardship. Staying True to the Mission of our Founders.

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Dec 12

Marygrove College receives NEA grant to support

2013 Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series 

Detroit, MI, Dec. 10, 2012—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Marygrove College is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant.  Marygrove is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the 2013 Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series.  Since its inception 24 years ago, the series has emphasized the importance of African American literature and fulfilled the community’s desire to hear nationally recognized African-American writers discuss their work before a diverse audience. Marygrove celebrates the 25th anniversary of the series in 2013 by featuring National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, author of four collections of poetry (Muscular Music, Hip Logic, Wind in a Box, and Lighthead).  Each installment of this distinctive series has four components: a  class session conducted by the author for students from Marygrove College and Detroit area high schools, a VIP reception and dinner honoring the author, two writing contests, and the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture—a reading open to the public. Hundreds of people—community leaders, students, and lovers of literature—from the metro area participate in each year’s event.  New this year is a fifth component: an art exhibit which expands awareness of the selected series authors and their influence on social and cultural environments.

Read more: Marygrove College receives NEA grant

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Nov 12

dr fike 2012Listen to Dr. David Fike’s Nov. 28, 2012 interview on First Shift with Tony Trupiano, a talk show that airs on 1310 AM, WDTW.

 

 

 

 

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Nov 12

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“Salute her towers, 
Her gleaming towers,
Ever aspiring to the sky…

It was a beautiful day in early June, 1929 at the newly renovated St. Mary’s Academy in Monroe. A thin ribbon of black smoke was discovered against the crisp blue sky, wafting from the east attic windows. The cast-iron gong was promptly sounded as the fire quickly grew out of control.

The Detroit News reported “300 girl students were at recess when the fire was discovered” and ran extras of the story as crowds gathered to watch the blaze. In the classic account, No Greater Service by Sister Rosalita Kelly (1892-1964), she details how Mother Domitilla Donohue (1863-1930) reminded the shaken congregation that “Buildings… could be restored, but the precious life of a child, never.” Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) and their devoted community were devastated by the fire that gutted their beloved academy,  “…mercilessly destroying the work of years.” 

Read more: Paving the way through brick and mortar and love: In thanksgiving of Marygrove women.