I went to high school at Sacred Heart Academy, in Hamden, Connecticut, which was, and is, a girls' school. I graduated in 1967.
Here I am, in my high school yearbook, in all the loveliness of my loveliness. I was 16, soon to be 17, when this photo was taken.
My sister Linda went there too, graduating in 1957. Linda went on to become a member of the order of sisters who run the school, who were at that time called the Missionary Zelatrices of the Sacred Heart.
Have you ever heard of a zelatrice? I've never heard the word in any other context. My best educated guess is that a zelatrice is a female zealot. The word comes from the Italian: the Zelatrices (who have since changed their name to the Apostles of the Sacred Heart) were founded by an Italian woman, Mother Clelia Merloni:
Under Mother Clelia's leadership, the order was able to construct its foothold in the United States, buying an estate called Cherry Hill, in Hamden, and erecting their Provincial House there:
Yesterday, October 20,2014, I was invited back to Sacred Heart to speak to a mixed media art class about my art.
Here's the art room before the girls showed up: