Villa Mourns Sr. Clarita

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Sep 09, 2015

Villa Madonna Academy joins the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery in mourning the loss of Sister Clarita Anneken. Sr. Clarita was a beloved teacher and principal and could be found in a Northern Kentucky classroom from 1941-2005. Sr. Clarita's passion for teaching was recognized by Senator Jim Bunning.

We share Senator Bunning's words here as a tribute to Sr. Clarita.  

"Mr. President, I wish to pay tribute to Sister Clarita Anneken of Villa Hills, KY for her 63 years devoted to educating young men and women who attended Villa Madonna Academy.

Everything that we do in the United States Senate is done with the idea in mind that we are making the world a better place for those who come after us. Indeed the entire government is dedicated to ensuring that America will continue to protect the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness long into the future. However, let me remind the Senate that if the people of America are not educated to appreciate the sanctity of life, the glory of liberty, and the meaningfulness of pursuing happiness, that everything we do here will be wasted. No matter how wise the laws we enact, a people ignorant of these important principles will only resent wise laws, not benefit from them.

It is for this reason that I believe that the work of Sister Clarita is so crucial. Sister Clarita has dedicated her life to the education of America's future. For 63 years Sister Clarita has invested her knowledge, time, effort, patience, and understanding in the young people of Villa Madonna Academy. Her efforts have shaped the understanding of many young people who will be a part of America's future.

I believe that no good deed goes unrewarded. The reward that Sister Clarita will reap, however will be a reward reaped for many years, long after her teaching career is finished. It will be a reward which many Americans will share. It will be the reward of young, educated men and women who will be able to continue the great traditions of this country.

Sister Clarita's dedication to the young is an assurance of the brightness of America's future. And I thank Sister Clarita for this assurance and for the bright future of America."  May 21, 2004 (Congressional Record 108th Congress)

A scholarship is being established at the Academy in memory of Sr. Clarita. Gifts may be sent to the VMA Advancement Office at 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017.

There is a vigil at 7:00 p.m on Monday, September 14. Visitation afterwards until 9:00 p.m.

The mass is on Tuesday, September 15, at 5:00 p.m.