Friday, November 21, 2014


. . . that the legacy of
St. Casimir Academy, Maria High School, and the Sisters of St. Casimir
lives on through the efforts of the Maria Kaupas Center


. . . and that Maria High School alumnae are a

huge part
of our success!!

Thanks to gifts of

time, talentand treasure

from many MHS alums, the Maria Kaupas Center is able to
make a difference in the lives of hundreds of local children.

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Alumnae have taken an active role in helping the
MKC get off the ground.

They are serving on the Board of Directors. . .
Board Member Sr. Immacula Wendt, SSC (’54) takes a look at the MKC bike shop.

teaching classes. . .

Suzy Lempa Etsch (’75) has been an MKC volunteer since the Center opened. She has taught healthy cooking and art classes. Her cooking class was featured in a PNC Bank video that received national exposure.031.jpg
Sr. Elizabeth Ann Yocius, SSC (’71) has also been with the Center since Day 1. She teaches Sacred Sewing, a service-learning program. This year, she is also teaching a beginning sewing class to women in the community.

Faith Walls (’01), former MHS Dean (shown here in a “selfie” with MKC Program Director and former MHS theology instructor Amy Eckhouse) has taught a “Teens Talk” class about young adult issues and helped facilitate Kairos-like retreats

Maria Sandoval (’13) volunteers her time to teach children basic guitar techniques and chords. Donors have gifted us with close to a dozen guitars! Maria’s talented students played and sang an enthusiastic rendition of This Land is Your Land; This Land is My Land.

Anna Belle O’Shea (’74, has brought her passion for music to the MKC. She has donated several instruments and teaches recorder, music, and intro to piano to excited students.

The Bacani sisters, Eliza (’10); Ellen (’06), and Eleanore (’12) are stalwart supporters of the MKC – teaching classes in art, photography, and Vacation Bible School, and assisting at Center events.
. . . and lending their support to get the word about the MKC out.
Anita Alvarez (’78); Anne McGlone Burke (’62); and Connie Jesukaitis (’75); all showed support by attending the MKC Open House in September. Simone Shimaitis McNeil (’70), staffer to Governor Pat Quinn, presented the MKC with a gubernatorial proclamation recognizing September 25, 2014 as Maria Kaupas Center Day in the State of Illinois.
 Many more have donated materials and supplies and
contributed prayerfully and financially to the cause.

The Maria Kaupas Center is deeply grateful to all of you.
We pledge to honor your legacy and to strive to live up to the words of Mother Maria:

Always more, always better, always with love.

Please visit our website,, to learn more about the Center. 

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