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Harvard Valedictorian Joins Convent

August 26th, 2010, Promulgated by Nate

Remember those Dominican Sisters who were on Oprah?

Well they have some very exciting news to announce, the valedictorian of Harvard University is joining their convent. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan are welcoming Mary Anne Marks, Harvard Valedictorian, to their ranks.

Mary Anne is quite a remarkable woman. She graduated with degrees in Classics and English, and gave her Valedictory address in Latin:

The National Review interviewed her recently, and I would recommend all to read it.


5 Responses to “Harvard Valedictorian Joins Convent”

  1. TD says:

    And it’s beautiful classical Latin, too, not that adulterated, Romanized ecclesiastical Latin.

  2. Gen says:

    I vastly prefer Church Latin. Classical Latin died out for a reason – they sounded like they had a speech impediment. “Wayni, weedi, weecki” may be the correct way, but it’s not pleasing to the ears or the tongue. But that’s just my opinion, so take it or leave it.

  3. Bill Benton says:

    Two schools of thought; both good. I learned English, I like the Mass in my own language. Those who like and understand Latin can find a Mass in Latin. I still remember the ruler and the paddle for not pronunciating it correctly.

  4. Joanne says:

    I noticed in the article that Ms. Marks is a graduate of Dominican Academy in NYC. I, too, am a “DA” graduate. It has always been strong in teaching religion and Latin. The Dominican Sisters are still directly involved in the school’s management with Sisters in the main leadership roles.

  5. Louis E. says:

    She was NOT,to be clear,the “Valedictorian” of her class.The student chosen to deliver the Latin oration is quite distinct from the student ranked first in the entire class (who might well never have taken a single Latin class).I recall thinking as I watched her video that her American accent was more noticeable than her Classical-vs.-Church difference (isn’t it ironic that after getting a degree in getting it historically accurate she’s now going to be required to adopt the official church pronunciation errors?)

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