September 2021
A new era begins at Holy Family University
Since the last Alumni eNewsletter in June, Holy Family University has been buzzing with excitement as we welcomed Dr. Anne M. Prisco as the sixth and first lay president and the return of students to campus!

To capture the atmosphere on the first day of classes on August 30, below is an excerpt from Dr. Prisco's letter to the campus community:

"As I walked across campus this morning, the energy was palpable. Of course this year, the sights and sounds of a vibrant campus life are especially significant as they mark a return to being together after more than a year of virtual engagement.

"Throughout the past 18 months, while our community was largely off-campus, the University used this time to enhance the campus experience for all. From upgraded technology in each of our classrooms, to the Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD Center for Teaching & Learning Center for Teaching and Learning, and of course, our brand new turf field –Holy Family has invested not only in ways to keep our community safe, but in ways to keep our community thriving, engaged, and successful in pursuit of educational excellence."

It's back and better than ever!
Show your Tiger Pride for your alma mater on October 8-9 at Homecoming, which includes events and activities for alumni, students, and the whole family. Most events are free or pay-as-you-go.

Alumni are encouraged to reconnect in the Alumni Beer Garden (price increases on 9/17!), at the Tiger Field Ribbon Cutting and Blessing, at the Athletics Alumni Reception, and at the 2021 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction.

See complete details for all events and register online at:
Alumni Events
Please visit for all our upcoming events. All campus visitors must adhere to current COVID-19 guidance and Holy Family’s masking policy.
Holy Family University Magazine
In case you missed it, the Fall 2021 issue of Holy Family University Magazine is now available!

Check out this issue's feature stories (listed below), alumni profiles, University news and events, exciting accomplishments by our faculty, staff, and alumni, highlights from athletics, and more at

(Alumni, if you didn't receive a physical copy in the mail, update your contact information via the Alumni Update Form.)
Campus News

  • Sister Marcella Binkowski, CSFN, '76, Sister Juliann Tran, CSFN, '14 and Anne Jachinowicz ’21 represented Holy Family at the 8th Police District National Night Out event in August. Read more and see pictures here.

  • Raena Shirali, MFA, Assistant Professor of English at Holy Family, was named the Hudson Prize Winner by Black Lawrence Press for her poetry collection "summonings". Read more here.

  • Holy Family's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's (SAAC) received the 2020-21 CACC Community Engagement Award for their November 2020 Coat and Book Drive, which was held in partnership with the Frankford NE Philadelphia Rotary Club. They will now be considered for the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award, which will be announced in January. Read more here.

Alumni News

  • Julia Porter '17’s article, "Reflections: Guardian Angels", about compassionate care was published in Cooper University Health Care’s journal Bridges.

  • JoAnne Reifsnyder '85, PhD, MSN, MBA, FAAN, will receive the Gladys Black ‘Woman of Distinction’ Award by The Fund for Women and Girls (West Chester) at their Champions of Change Event in October. Read the full announcement here.

Athletics News

  • Four alumni and a head coach (listed below) will be inducted into Holy Family's Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 8 during Homecoming Weekend. See complete details and purchase tickets here.
  • Matt Gamble '03 (Soccer)
  • Erik Henrysen '99, M'03 (Basketball)
  • Kelly Killion '08 (Basketball)
  • Joe Mikolajewski (Women’s Soccer Head Coach, ‘97-‘03)
  • Melissa Zebley '04, M'07 (Softball)

  • Anjelai Hayes '21 was nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year for her success on Holy Family's Basketball, Cross Country, and Outdoor Track & Field teams, as well as in the classroom and community. Read the full announcement here.

  • All of Holy Family's student athletes have been hard at work preparing for an exciting year ahead! Visit for updated team schedules, live-stream information (where applicable), and other news stories.
Family Center Workshops | Fall 2021
After a year and a half hiatus, the Family Center is pleased announce its Fall 2021 "Living Fully" workshops. These free sessions provide are hosted on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The Family Center will also offer a "Pathways to Prayer" series featuring guided reflections from the book, St. Joseph Tender Father, His Life and His Care for Us Today by Louise Perrotta. Sessions will be held on Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

For more information about the Family Center and to register for any of the Fall 2021 workshops, please click here or email Sister Angela Cresswell, CSFN, '75, PhD, Director of the Family Center.

(Please note: All campus visitors must adhere to current COVID-19 guidance and Holy Family’s masking policy.)
Alumni Benefit Spotlight: Insurance Options (and discounts!)
Holy Family's Alumni Association is proud to sponsor an Alumni Insurance Program through Meyer and Associates, which offers a variety of attractively-priced and discounted insurance products available to most alumni, students, faculty, and staff, as well as their spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, and siblings, including:

A portion of all insurance plans purchased through this program benefit the Alumni Association.

For complete information and to apply online, please visit You can also contact Meyer and Associates directly at 800-635-7801 or by email at [email protected].
Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek, pray for us!
Holy Family University is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

On August 1, 1943, Blessed Mary Stella and her Ten Companions, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, sacrificed their lives in Nowogródek in occupied Poland (present-day Navahrudak, Belarus).

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth invite you to join them in remembering the 11 Martyred Sisters in honor of their recent feast day, and to pray through their intercession for peace and healing of all who suffer in today’s world.
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