On May 10, 2013, the 50th anniversary celebrations of Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School came to an end with the blessing of a tribute garden; a Mass for students, staff, and guests, including the school’s founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph, in the cafetorium; a reception in the library and a dinner at the Oshawa Golf Club.
His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins blessed the tribute garden. The garden project, initiated by former Dwyer student and teacher, Maureen Maloney, consisted of a tribute boulder with the following inscription:
Msgr. Paul Dwyer Catholic H.S.
Oshawa Catholic H.S. St. Joseph H.S.
We honour and thank the
Sisters of St. Joseph
For their insight, dedication and sacrifices
to Catholic education in Oshawa
ALUMNI, STAFF, STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Behind flowers fronting the boulder, a row of bricks formed a pathway consisting of engraved bricks. These tribute bricks, at $100.00 each, have become the source of revenue for a new “Alumni Scholarship Award” while honouring the school and its history. Both past principals, Sisters Conrad Lauber and Anne Schenck, were named on tribute bricks while the Holy Family Associate Community contributed a brick to honour the Sisters of St. Joseph.
A procession into the cafetorium followed, where Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Collins with six priests concelebrating. The student body attended the Mass and took part in many aspects of the Eucharist: call to worship, music, readings and prayers of the faithful. Sr. Anne Schenck brought special greetings.
A reception followed in the library after which the celebration moved to a splendid dinner at the Oshawa Golf Course where the Sisters of St. Joseph were the special guests of honour. To cap off this wonderfully-thought-out day, a musical slide presentation of pictures featuring the Sisters in their roles of teachers and principals at Dwyer was then presented. Both Sisters Conrad Lauber and Anne Schenck conveyed to the Paul Dwyer community how much the Sisters appreciated all their efforts.