NEWPORT — Cluny School School will hold two events in June to celebrate 60 years of Catholic education in Newport and commemorate the school’s closing at the end of the academic year.
A wine tasting event, ‘Toasting Cluny ~ 60 Years,’ will take place on 22 June and a Mass of Thanksgiving and Reception will be held on 30 June. This wine tasting will include a sampling of summer wines from around the world, selected by Bob Burke, Proprietor of Pot au Feu in Providence; food prepared by Terence Feury, Executive Chef at 41 North/Christie’s in Newport; tours of the automobile exhibition with Audrain Museum guides, and a silent auction. Proceeds from this special fundraising event will assist Cluny School in meeting its financial obligations through summer 2017, when the school will permanently close. Tickets are $75 per person, and can be purchased by calling the Provincial office at 401-846-4826, ext. 20, or by sending a check made payable to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Provincial Office, 7 Restmere Terrace, Middletown, R.I. 02842.
On Friday, 30 June at 6 p.m., Cluny families, alumni, friends, supporters and benefactors will gather for a Mass of thanksgiving and reception on the grounds of the school. Reverend Kris von Maluski, pastor of St. Mary’s and St. Augustin churches, will offer Mass in celebration of the 60- year mission of the school and its founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny. The celebration will include the presentation of a proclamation on behalf of the City of Newport by Mayor Henry F. Winthrop, and the reading of a letter from Bishop Thomas J. Tobin by Daniel J. Ferris, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Providence.
The program will include remarks by Sister Luke Parker, SJC, provincial of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Province of USA and Canada, and distinguished alumni. The evening will conclude with a reception of light fare and access to the halls of Cluny School, where memorabilia will be displayed, some of which will be for sale. The event is free and open to the public.