Queen of Peace friends bid farewell to school
August 4, 2017

Participants in the Queen of Peace farewell released doves of peace at the end of the event.

Alumnae, Dominican sisters, families, and friends of Queen of Peace High School gathered on June 11 to celebrate the school’s 55-year legacy.   

An alumnae choir and interpretive liturgical dancers led the procession as an alumna from each of the 55 years carried a yearbook into the gym.

The Rev. Tom Hurley, pastor of Old St. Patrick’s Church, served as celebrant for the Mass. Father Hurley’s three sisters attended Queen of Peace High School, and he talked about how he feels a close connection to Queen of Peace and how the Dominican influence was instrumental in his early life and played a role in his decision to join the priesthood.

Following Mass all were welcome to enjoy light refreshments and tour the school. Bulletin boards featured historic pictures, and a DVD that captured the essence of Queen of Peace through the years played in the hallways. The school had Pride Wear items, yearbooks, and class rings available for purchase.

“We were delighted to give all those who have made Peace a part of their lives the chance to walk down memory lane,” said Anne O’Malley, president of Queen of Peace and a graduate from the Class of 1975. “We are especially grateful to the 45 Sinsinawa Dominican sisters who joined us in celebration. Queen of Peace would not be here without them. It was amazing to see how many alumnae, students, faculty members, and friends of Peace came to share this special day.

“As difficult as today may be, we know that we will all keep the Dominican values and all that we learned at Queen of Peace in our hearts forever,” O’Malley added. “As Fr. Hurley stated, we should move forward, celebrating the 15,000 women who graduated from Queen of Peace High School.”

The celebration ended as guests joined together outside the school for a symbolic dove release, representing peace.

The school is at 7659 Linder Ave. in Burbank, IL. Call (708) 458-7600.