Sr. Antonine Signorelli
Though only a small percentage of Sacred Heart Academy alumnae can say that they knew Sr. Antonine, there is no doubt that her influence has endured long beyond the years she spent as Principal. Sr. Antonine was born in Missouri in 1915, making her barely 31 years old when SHA opened its doors on Greene Street in New Haven in 1946. In a 1976 article in The Catholic Transcript (the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Hartford) it states, "Armed with courage, genius, and grace, Sister Antonine was able to convince bishops, mayors, and others that her work—God's work—was not only important but necessary to the spiritual and intellectual formation of thousands of young women." Sr. Antonine spent 21 years as Principal before her death from cancer at the age of 51. While it is easy to wonder "what might have been" had Sr. Antonine lived, it is clear that SHA was already on track for continuing to develop its reputation as a premier Catholic girls' high school; "excelsior" was already entrenched.
A Remembrance of Sr. Antonine
Another name familiar to more than half of all SHA graduates is Sr. Ursula Bongiovanni, who taught at SHA from 1948 until 1980. The following is a remembrance of Sr. Antonine written by Sr. Ursula in 2005.
A Remembrance of Sr. Antonine (PDF)