Alumnae News


Attention Class Reunion Planners:  Please email us at with the details of your upcoming reunion plans and we will post them on this web site and in the Harvester. Include the contact information you would like to see posted

Alumnae Association:  The Alumnae Board is comprised of representatives from various classes.  We meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month from September through May.  The Board would like to expand and welcomes any graduate who would like to join.  Our By-Laws allow for up to 6 members from each class.  If you are interested, please contact Pat McLaughlin on 610-544-0708 or send an email via this website,  We look forward to hearing from you.

2018 Annual Spring Luncheon and Fundraiser…. Our annual Spring Luncheon was held April 22, 2018 at the Porch at Lamb Tavern, 865 W. Springfield Rd, Springfield, PA 19064. There were raffles for 10 beach themed baskets donated by our Alumnae board members and door prizes. Our chance drive for mini vacations in Sea Isle City and Townsend Inlet winners were: 1st prize Mary Ellen Quinn, Class of 1964 and 2nd prize Kathy Warner, Class of 1966.  Congratulations to all our winners.  The Alumnae Board along with our co-chairs, Roe Cipollone Mitchell, ’67 and Rose Frank, ’61 thank everyone who attended or purchased tickets. Your support is very much appreciated and resulted in a fun filled successful event.

Congratulations to Maria DiStefano Petolicchio, Class of 1962 on receiving the Margaret Porter Blue and Gold Award at the Alumni Communion Breakfast on April 29, 2018. Maria was recognized for her years of dedication and tireless hard work in support of both the Alumnae Association and WCP. In her thank you speech, Maria expressed her love of art and contributed her knowledge to Mother Mary Alacoque, SHCJ, who she said taught her all she knows about art.

Alumnae Appreciation DayAlumnae Appreciation Day…The West Girls’ Basketball Team, “The Lady Burrs”, held an Alumnae Appreciation Day on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in conjunction with their games with Westtown High from Chester County.  The Junior Varsity and Varsity teams both won their games, the Junior Varsity team won by 51-8 and the Varsity team’s game was 64-45.  At half time all Alumnae in attendance were recognized by the team, each lady was presented with a red rose by a member of the team.  After the game a reception was held in the Learning Commons.  Thank you and congratulations to the team, the coaches, and the Administration at WCP.  Pictures from the day were posted on the West Catholic Alums Facebook page by Tom McGinn.

2018 Annual Alumnae Communion Breakfast:  Our 90th Annual Communion Breakfast was held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Drexelbrook , 4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill, PA 19026.  The mass was celebrated by Father Joseph Meehan.  Anne Datte provided the music for the mass.  The mass and luncheon were well attended with over 165 in attendance. We were fortunate to have several guests join us, Paul Colistra, WCP President, Kelly Lanza, Principal of WCP, Andrew Brady, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Brother Richard Kestler, FSC former President of West. Thank you and congratulations to our co-chairs, Rosalie Dugan McNeff, ’61 and Mary Maguin Small, ’60 and also to Sr. Denise Ware, SFCC, ’70 for developing and providing the program for the mass.

CONGRATULATIONS to our three chance ticket winners. Nancy McAneny Pomilo, Class of 1963 held the $1,000 1st prize winning ticket,  2nd prize winning ticket of $500 went to Regina Carcanague Brady, Class of 1956 and 3rd prize winning ticket of $300 went to Edna Lockwood Hneleski.

The Alumnae Association proudly congratulates Maria DiStefano Petolicchio, ’62 on receiving the Margaret Porter Blue and Gold Award at the Alumni Communion Breakfast, Sunday, April 29, 2018.  Maria was honored for her years of dedication and tireless hard work in support of both the Alumnae and WCP. In her thank you speech, Maria expressed her love of art and contributed her knowledge to Mother Mary Alacoque, SHCJ, who she said taught her everything she knows about art.  She also thanked her “mentor” Margaret Porter, ’40 and fellow board member Kathleen Fahey, ’48 for all their help and guidance over the years. Thank You Maria for all you do for our Alma Mater.


West Catholic Girls’ History

original sealOriginal West Girls’ Seal…We have located and purchased the original drawing of our school seal.  Thanks to Hannah Dougherty Campbell, ’69 for locating this on Ebay.  The drawing of the seal along with the original envelope post marked 1930 and addressed to Rev. Burns, the first principal of the school was placed on Ebay after it was found in a box of papers purchased at an auction in Lancaster.  It is a mystery who had it and how it left the school.  The seal has been framed and presented to the school, where it will be displayed.

conduct book1936 HOW and WHAT Handbook…This book was also found on Ebay.  It appears to be a handbook for new students on how to find their way around the building and also what is expected of them as students.

 Alumnae Gifts for Sale

Due to a increase in postal rates by the US Post Office, we unfortunately had to raise our shipping charges from $3.00 to $4.00

001Our popular West Catholic bracelets are back in stock. The bracelets are $12.00 and $4.00 postage.  To order your bracelet, send your check made payable to WCGAA to Mrs. Rosalie McNeff, 5 Park Ave, Norwood PA 19074. Rosalie can be reached on 610-532-1827 or 484-467-0918. Her email is

20170222_190834 (1)We have added another item to our West Catholic Alumnae store.  We now have pens with WEST CATHOLIC GIRLS’ ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION imprinted on them.  The pens are blue metal and are a combination ball point pen and stylus.  They are $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00.  Postage is $4.00.  The pens can also be ordered from Rose McNeff, see her information above.

20170416_193746    20170416_194005 These are just 2 of the note cards designed by the Art Students at WCP, They have designed 6 note cards that are available for sale.  The cost is $5.00 plus $4.00 postage.  Each pack contains 6 cards, each card is a different design and the cards are blank on the inside.  The back of the card is marked “Created by West Catholic Prep Students”. To order send a check for $9.00 (includes $4.00 postage) to Mrs. Rosalie McNeff, 5 Park Ave, Norwood, PA 19074.

Lucite ornamentOur latest gift item is a clear Lucite ornament with a picture of the school and engraved with the words, “West Catholic Girls High School”.  The ornament is $10.00 and can be ordered by sending a check for $14.00 (includes $4.00 shipping cost) to Mrs. Rosalie McNeff, 5 Park Ave, Norwood, PA 19074.

  Blanket  Blankets/ Throws…Our newest item is a blue blanket with our seal in gold in the center.  This versatile item can be used as a beach blanket or a throw for over a chair, back of the sofa, on the bed, or in the car. The cost is $20.00 plus $8.00 shipping. To order send a check for $28.00 (includes shipping) made payable to WCGAA to Mrs. Rosalie McNeff, 5 Park Ave, Norwood, PA 19074.

All of the above items are sold at all West Girls’ Alumnae event..


Have you lost your class ring? Rings have been found.  A 1944 ring with the initials of MCS or MCG was found in Puerto Rico.  The second ring is from the Class of 1978 and the name in the ring is Diane Mills. A third ring, this one is from the Class of 1930 and the initials in the ring are MVD.  Also, a Class of 1945 ring with the initials BAM engraved inside. If you think you are the owner of any of these rings, please use the email on this website and let us know.  If we are able to match the ring and the graduate we will help can get your ring back.

Update… The 1978 ring belonging to Diane Mills has been returned to its owner.  Thanks to Claudia Placentra, who found the ring and Diane’s sister Barbara O’Neill who contacted us about the lost ring.