The Eastern Regional Conference of the Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart will take place in Rochester June 20-22. This conference is a prelude to the 2009 AASH National Conference in Los Angeles.
The Eastern Regional Conference is unique in that it is being held in a city which no longer has a Sacred Heart School. Rochester’s Academy of the Sacred Heart at 8 Prince St. closed in June 1969 after 114 years of educating young women.
The conference, which has the theme “Missionaries of the Heart, Here to Make a Difference,” will be at The Strathallan Hotel, soon to be the Hyatt Summerfield Suites. It includes a kickoff event Friday at the Strasenburgh Planetarium, including a cocktail reception, a grazing-station dinner and a private astronomical show. Saturday, the keynote speaker will be Sarah Symons, founder of The Emancipation Network, which helps survivors of human slavery and women and girls at high risk for being trafficked into slavery by offering economic alternatives to exploitation. A panel discussion on volunteerism will follow.
Sunday, a special liturgy featuring alumni will be celebrated at the chapel at 8 Prince St. by Jesuit Father Bernard J. McAniff. Preregistration is required. Visit www.princestaash.org or call 888-622-7421 for details.