With the upcoming closing of the Marian Center at 3195 S. Superior Street, Milwaukee, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi invite alumnae, tenants and neighbors to Sacred Space Unfolding: A Ritual of Gratitude on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. The event will be held outdoors, rain or shine, at the Marian Center Grotto on the west side of Loretto Hall.
“We will come together in gratitude to thank God and celebrate the many ways lives and hearts have been touched on this sacred ground,” states Sr. Diana De Bruin, director of the congregation. “Join us as we express our gratitude for our past, celebrate our present and open our hearts to what will unfold in the future.”
Since the closure is scheduled for this summer, the sisters would like all who have a history with the premises to come together the last Saturday in May to celebrate the life and goodness that took place on the property for more than a century.
The facility began as St. Mary’s Institute, a boarding school for elementary and high school-age girls, in 1904. In 1913, the school became known as St. Mary’s Academy after being incorporated under Wisconsin state laws. The Academy was also the founding location of Clare College, which became Cardinal Stritch University. The Marian Center was formed in 1991 after the high school closed. As such, it offered affordable space to nonprofit organizations with missions in keeping with that of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.
Since then, time has taken its toll on the structure, and it is no longer economically feasible for its continued use in its current condition. The closing was announced late last year. For more information, contact Charlane O'Rourke-Hertig, executive director of the Center, at 414-483-2430.