First Superintendent of St John's gives Commencement Address —June 2010
Sister Maeve Shannon fcJ, Superintendent of St John's International School Waterloo, Belgium, 1964 - 1980, gave the commencement address to the class of 2010. Invited from Ireland for the occasion, and addressing an international group of students, Sr Maeve traced the history of St John’s, from its beginnings, 45 years ago, in very limited accommodation to its current position as a centre of excellence in superb accommodation at Waterloo.
In those days Sr Maeve was Sr Mary John - and it isn't surprising that this caused some confusion at St John's!
Sr Maeve told the audience that following the declaration of independence of Zaïre (formerly known as the Belgian Congo), Belgium realised it was going to lose many of the trading advantages it had enjoyed as a colonial power and started to offer investment opportunities to the West. American businesses responded enthusiastically to the offer, and before long, many US families came to live and work in Belgium, and especially in Brussels, the capital.
Sister Maeve Shannon fcJ with Sr Mary Fitzpatrick fcJ, Provincial Leader (left) and with former students and colleagues
It was not long before a group of parents approached the FCJ Sisters to see what could be done about the education of their children. The fruit of their negotiations was St John’s Elementary School, which opened in 1964, on the premises of what today is the Institut Monjoie, then a Belgian school run by the FCJs.
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We pray for God's blessing on the the Class of 2010, and on the Faculty and Parents of St John's