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Basilica School of St. Mary celebrates 150th anniversary

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The Basilica School of St. Mary in Alexandria celebrated its 150th anniversary with a weekend of events Oct. 18-20. Founded in 1869, the school is the largest and oldest parochial school in the diocese.


“The longevity of our school is a testament to the generations of faithful parishioners and families that believe one of the most important things our parish community can do is to provide a Christ-centered education for our children,” said Father Edward C. Hathaway, rector of the Basilica of St. Mary. “Our mission still remains the same after 150 years, to partner with parents in forming future men and women of faith and virtue.”


Hundreds of parishioners, students and families, and alumni joined the festivities over the weekend, which included an alumni happy hour, spaghetti dinner, and alumni breakfast and Mass.


“Having the opportunity to gather together and celebrate something as momentous as a 150th anniversary is an amazing blessing,” said Daniel Cinalli, school principal. “There has been a lot of spirit, friendship and community displayed during this celebration.”


“It will be awesome to be part of the 150th graduating class,” said eighth grader Elizabeth McMahon. “I have enjoyed my time here. Everyone here is really friendly and the teachers are so kind to you.”


The celebrations will continue next year as the basilica celebrates its 225th anniversary in 2020.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019