HAMDEN – In recognition of the 100th birthday of Sister Ursula Bongiovanni, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who lives Hamden, Sacred Heart Academy has established the Sr. Ursula Bongiovanni Musical Award, which recognizes a senior who displays an exceptional passion for musical theater. Kayla Roddy of West Haven was chosen as the first recipient.
Sister Ursula is best known for her many years of directing the school’s musical, one of three traditions celebrated each year since the academy's founding in 1946. During her 25 years as director and producer, Sister Ursula established a reputation for musicals that crafted the essential combination of music, dance and drama in high school students.
On Sister Ursula's 100th birthday, Miss Roddy met her for the first time. They talked about Kayla's plans for the future, her decision to attend Quinnipiac University in the fall and her goal of becoming an occupational therapist. Sister Ursula urged Miss Roddy to continue to work hard in her studies and not to forget her many friends at Sacred Heart Academy.
Other students, faculty and staff, as well as staff and residents of Sacred Heart Manor, later joined in this milestone celebration with Sister Ursula.
A Pennsylvania native, Sister Ursula entered the congregation in 1947, when the provincial house was located on Green Street in New Haven. She now concentrates on a ministry of prayer at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden.