St. Hilda's Day Service, New York/New Jersey Chapter Celebration By Ms. Yasmin Bailey Stewart
On Sunday, November 20 a group of St. Hilda's alumnae gathered to celebrate the founding of our school in honor of St. Hilda. The church service was held at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Queens Village, NYC.
The Rev. Canon Lloyd L. Anthony officiated and gave the call for renewed service as we support the less fortunate in their quest for a good education. By so doing, Canon Lloyd reflected on the similarity with doing service unto Jesus. The hymns we sung took us down the nostalgic path of life at St. Hilda’s D.H.S. founded in 1906 by Canon James Philip Hall, then Rector of St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, Jamaica.
During the Service, the first lesson was read by alumna and Interim President (NY/NJ), Lorna Cole-Manning, followed by Elizabeth Robinson who read the second lesson. Later in the Service, reflections on “The City Set On A Hill” - St. Hilda’s D.H.S. were given by Lorna Cole-Manning, then by Rose Hewan-Lowe (Piccott). Some other alumnae in attendance were Winsome Lumsden (Walker),Yvette (Candy) Sterling, and Yasmin Bailey (Stewart).
After the Service, the alumnae shared a wonderful time with each other at the Nagasaki Jamaican Chinese Restaurant in Hempstead, Long Island, NY. We took group pictures and reminisced over a meal for quite a few hours. Also, we took the time to share snapshots of our lives, children, careers, joys, and concerns. We spoke about future projects to benefit our alma mater, our country, and alumnae.
We shared in a great day of thanksgiving for the education and lasting friendships gained during our years at school. Once again, celebrating St. Hilda's Diocesan School gave us the opportunity to reconnect and focus our attention on service.
In the words of our school song, “We shall go forth as pilgrims sandal shod … with minds alert and hearts attuned … Res Severa Verum Gaudium sing”.
St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School (All Girls) Brown’s Town, St. Ann, Jamaica