2016 Brescia Ball: Saturday, November 5
Chairperson: Mary Keough P'16 '19
Event Coordinator: Tracey Finch P'19
The Brescia Ball, named for the birthplace of St. Angela Merici, is a gala that celebrates Ursuline Academy’s mission by honoring individuals within the school community who exemplify Serviam in their daily lives. Brescia Ball 2016, held at The Lantana in Randolph, honored Patricia Leary Dowling '52 and Mary Jo Gorman Keaney '82. This festive evening is Ursuline's largest fundraising event of the year.
Patricia Leary Dowling '52 attended Ursuline when the school was still on Arlington Street in Boston, overlooking the Public Garden, and was in one of the first graduating classes of the Academy. She grew up in Milton, where her parents ran a dress shop, which may help explain why, to this day, Pat is always impeccably dressed. While at Ursuline, Pat received a blue ribbon at the end of every year for living and breathing Serviam. She graduated from Boston College, where she earned her teaching certificate. All these many years later, Pat remains a loyal annual donor and supporter, serving on the campaign planning committee and the campaign cabinet. Then as now, she is the very model of Serviam.
Mary Jo Gorman Keaney '82 has devoted her life to education, and has the unique distinction of having served as the first lay principal of Ursuline Academy, from 2009 to 2015. Mary Jo received her degrees from Bowdoin College and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She taught and served in administrative roles at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Harvard University, and St. Peter School in Cambridge, where she served as principal for four years. Mary Jo recalls that it was Sr. Ursula who introduced her to Latin at Ursuline, and also credits Sr. Dorothy Doyle (Latin) and Sr. Mercedes (Spanish) for nurturing her love of language. Her devotion to and support of Ursuline Academy has been unwavering in all her years as student, alumna, and administrator, and remains strong today.