St. Mary’s Academy was established on May 1, 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (more commonly known as the Grey Nuns) in the Red River Settlement in the vicinity of the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. By 1874, the Grey Nuns informed Archbishop Taché that they wished to return to their mission of health care and work among the poor. The Archbishop, in need of new teachers, reached out to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), a relatively new teaching congregation from Quebec. On August 22, 1874, Sisters Jean de Dieu, Superior, Marie Florentine, Electa‐du‐Sacré‐Coeur and Marie Elie, all between the ages of 21 and 27, arrived in Winnipeg to assume responsibility of St. Mary’s Academy. On September 1, 1874 the SNJM registered their first students – twelve girls and seven boys, increasing to 126 students within weeks. From a rented two-room schoolhouse in 1869 to a 140,000 square foot building situated on 11 acres in 2019, St. Mary’s Academy has navigated many changes. However, one thing has remained the same—its Mission to educate in a faith-based environment. To date, 62,736 students have graduated from St. Mary’s Academy—a spirit, mind and body education has endured since the beginning.
To celebrate 150 years the Academy has several events and activities planned. The celebrations are for everyone who is and has been connected to the Academy—SNJM, Grey Nuns, alumnae, students, parents, faculty, staff, board members and friends. Commemorating 150 years is as much about the celebration of friendships developed during formative years, old friends reuniting, new friends becoming better acquainted and colleagues reminiscing as it is about observing and honouring the learning, faith, service and dedication of the founders, leaders and all those who have walked the halls of St. Mary’s Academy. The listings below outline celebrations taking place from May 1 to December 8, 2019.
YOU are part of this story and we welcome you to join us at one or many of the events listed below!
150th Birthday Celebration Kick-Off
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
School day event for students, staff, SNJM and Grey Nuns
150th Birthday Gala Dinner
Friday, September 27, 2019 (Homecoming Weekend)
Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue
Celebration of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Tickets: $150 each, on sale in March from this webpage
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Commemorative Years Brunch
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For the Classes of 1939, 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2009
Tickets: $30.00 each, on sale in March from this webpage
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tour the school, shop alumnae vendors, enjoy tea, dainties and visiting
Come and See
Mother Marie-Rose Week
October 5 to 11, 2019
During this week SMA will host six SNJM Schools from Albany, NY, Alhambra, CA, Oakland, CA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, and Tampa, FL.
These SNJM Network of Schools will celebrate with us! Schools will arrive on October 5 in teams of four (3 students and 1 staff member) and depart on October 11. SMA will also have one team participating.
Groups will experience classes in the morning, a focus excursion in the afternoon, and varied evening activities.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass and
Steeped in Tradition High Tea
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Mass at 2:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Avenue
High Tea from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 PM