After several months of planning, the combined classes of Saint John’s College and Saint Catherine Academy alumni ’78 held its 40th reunion at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Over 100 alumni, friends and teachers came from all over the United States and Belize to fill the beautifully decorated Caracol Room and enjoy an evening of entertainment and fellowship.
Present at the event were both former SJC and SCA headmaster and principal. Father Timothy Thompson, SJC Headmaster ‘78, opened the event with a prayer and during a time of sharing Sister Mercy, SCA principal ’78, recalled the special times she had with her “girls”. Several other former teachers in attendance including SCA teachers Mrs. Alice Castillo and Ms. Eloisa Reyes and current SCA principal Mrs. Salome Tillett and her spouse; and former SJC teachers Mr. Jorge Pelayo, Mr. Eric Neal, and Mr. Manuel Esquivel and spouse. Also in attendance was current President Mrs. Mirtha Peralta and her spouse. The alumni committee recognized each teacher with a gift basket.
Perhaps the most notable impact of the evening was the simple opportunity for everyone to see and interact with each other after so many years. It was a festival of greeting and meeting and saying “Wow, you look so good after so many years!” Many alumni realized once again that having spent four years in the same classrooms for four years as adolescents and young teenagers created a life-long bond like no other.
And to celebrate and perpetuate that bond, alumni were determined to give back to their alma maters. Mrs. Peralta, President of SJC, announced that SJC was looking to fund their new music department and over 12 alumni pledged $12,000 toward the project!
The organizing committee would like to thank the Radisson Fort George staff and all who helped make this event possible and we look forward to our 45th reunion!