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Centennial Moment | On this day (March 19, 1920) 100 Years Ago

A Novena, a Chapel, and a Vice-President's Daughter

By Dr. Stephen J. Ochs, Lawler Chair of History

A novena of "Litanies and Holy Communion" began on the feast day of St. Joseph for the cause of a new chapel. The existing school chapel was located on the second floor of the Main Building above the front portico. (Today, that space is occupied by the office of Residential Dean Joseph I. Harkins and an adjacent student room. When Fr. David A. Sauter was a scholastic at Prep in 1966-1967, he taught a class in the former chapel space.)

The novena was initiated after a meeting "on important business" the previous day between Fr. John B. Morning (Headmaster) and Fr. Cornelius Shyne (Spiritual Director of the school) and Mrs. Helen S. Morton. Mrs. Morton was the daughter of former Vice-President of the United States, Levi P. Morton. The House diarist noted that the meeting had been very successful "as events may show."

Obituary appeared in the New York Daily News on September 9, 1952.