Ascension Catholic makes changes to convent

Allison B. Hudson
Families donating money to Ascension Catholic Elementary School for the renovation of classrooms in the old convent on the school's campus were honored after Mass on Grandparents Day in Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church on Jan. 28. They are, first row from left, the Rev. Phillip Spano, Milton Graugnard, Grace Graugnard, Carolyn Thibaut, A.C. Hymel and the Rev. Louis Oubre; and second row, Stevie Graugnard, Sonny Graugnard, Carol Bonnecaze, Dee Lemann, Robert Lemann and Andrew Hymel Jr.

The old convent building in Donaldsonville has housed various functions during its existence.

A new convent was built in 1962 and the old convent has been used as classroom and administrative offices for the primary school.

School officials decided to move the fifth and sixth grade students to the elementary site and the seventh and eight grade to the high school campus. Four classrooms were renovated and plans are underway to build an alumni memorial room and two more rooms in the chapel.

The project that totaled $140,000 was funded in part by $80,000 by donations of local families.

The four families were: Joseph Wilbert family, the Hymel family, the E.J. Ourso family, and the Graugnard family.

Students, faculty, and other residents honored the families at a dedication ceremony held at Ascension Catholic Church on Jan. 28.

Grace Graugnard and Carolyn Thibaut both reminisced on several things they remembered during their time at Ascension Catholic. They both mentioned that the Daughters of Charity order taught their classes but noted that the structures haven't changed in over 50 years since they were in attendance there.

Graugnard said her roots run deep for Ascension Catholic, explaining that her children and grandchildren attended the school, and now her great-grandchildren attend the school now.

"It just feels great to be a part of something so wonderful," said Drew Hymel who finished from Ascension Catholic as well as his sisters and his sons.