Carrollton Celebrates New Convocation Center

Isabel Singletary
Carrollton celebrated the completion of the Maria Dolores and Maurice R. Ferré Convocation Center, the last building of the Master Plan, with a blessing by the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami.
Carrollton celebrated the completion of the Maria Dolores and Maurice R. Ferré Convocation Center, the last building of the Master Plan, with a blessing by the Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami.
Performances by the school’s choral ensemble, Les Choristes, the Carrolltones Vocal Ensemble, and the Instrumental Ensemble showcased the beautiful audiovisual and acoustical qualities of the Hall under the direction of music faculty, Dr. Walter Busse, Debbie Consuegra, and April Liberty.

The evening was attended by current and past members of the board of trustees, the major donors to the Master Plan, and the dedicated parents, alumnae and faculty, and staff who worked so diligently to make this dream a reality. Joining the Archbishop and current Head Master, Olen Kalkus, were former Headmistresses, Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ and Ann Taylor, RSCJ.  Maurice A. and Mercedes Ferre, and their extended family which include a number of Carrollton alumnae, represented the lead donors this evening. Linda and Bill Haugland, seed donors to the building, were also in attendance. 

After the performances, Archbishop Wenski told the guests of the time he first visited Carrollton as a young priest, and the lasting impression this school of Christ's Heart made on him. Head Master Olen Kalkus explained how extensively the center is used by all the students in the school, and the many opportunities this extraordinary facility affords to the entire community. Sr. Cooke spoke of the generous gift from the Ferre family and their deep love for the school. After acknowledging the many efforts of Convocation Campaign Chair and trustee, Tony Argiz, he in turn praised and thanked trustee Nelson P. Rodriguez, without whom these facilities would not have been realized. The crowd responded with a standing ovation. 

It was a great reunion for past, current and future generations bound by the love and commitment to the school.
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