Immaculata Magazine - Winter 2015 - page 7

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s Immaculatans celebrate
the 100th anniversary of Villa
Maria Hall, one of the oldest and
most beloved traditions was also
celebrated—the 94th Annual Carol Night.
The Immaculata Christmas tree, standing nearly 30 feet
tall, was purchased from Plow Tree Farms in Morgantown, PA.
Adorning the tree were approximately 1,700 lights and about 400-
500 unbreakable ornamental balls.
According to Sister Marie Hubert Kealy, IHM, Ph.D.,
professor emerita of English who wrote the history of Immaculata
University’s Carol Night for the 2014 program book, “The Rotunda
tree was not always the main feature of Christmas at Immaculata.
In the first decade of the University, a stable and all the figures of
the Nativity scene filled the center space. Later, the Nativity scene
was moved to the Chapel and the tree with the Infant at its base
became the enduring symbol of Carol Night and the Christmas
season.”
Each year during Carol Night, members of the senior class have
the honor of bringing in the Baby Jesus. This year the privilege went
to Katherine Bryan, Grace Sabbagh, Krystal Tolson, and Victoria
Zirolli. Elizabeth Duffy placed the Baby Jesus in the manger.
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