November 2021

We’re finished with Halloween (though see the end of this letter) and deep in the month of November, the traditional month to remember those we love who have gone before us. This year, Mother Seton has a display in the atrium with candles and name tags for the deceased members of our school community. Their names will be included in our memory book and special prayers offered for them this November and each November to come. Please contact Jen Buchheister at or reply to this email if you would like to add a name to the book.

With November comes Thanksgiving, and the start of the holiday season. Our students are gearing up for special events, not the least of which is a traditional Thanksgiving feast served in the cafeteria this month. As always, Mother Seton School is thankful for all the parents who entrust their students to us and for all our alumni. You make our school the special place that it is!

Kate Marshall
MSS Class of 1969
Halloween laugh: I dressed up as a pirate at Halloween to go trick-or-treating with my grandsons---I think I’m pretty unrecognizable but they weren’t fooled! 
MSS Class of 2017
In the last E-News, we shared some highlights of our Class of 2017 and their plans for the future. Here’s the news from a few more grads we’ve heard from since then.
Hannah Beckett (MSS 2017)
Hannah, a freshman at Penn State Mont Alto, has been making her mark as a member of the women’s soccer team. In a recent game between Mont Alto and Schuykill, part of the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference Championships, Hannah led the offense and scored two goals. Way to go, Hannah!
Natalie Bosche (MSS 2017)
Natalie graduated from Catoctin this past May in the top 5% of her class and received the George Washington University Book Award and the Catoctin PTSA Scholarship. In addition, she was inducted into the National Honor Society her junior year and served as President her senior year, was a member of the Art, English, and Science National Honor Societies, and was a founding member of the Scroll and Quill National Journalism Honor Society.

Natalie accumulated over 900 volunteer hours during her high school career and was recognized by the Lions Club as the senior with the most volunteer hours. In addition, she was co-editor of the yearbook her junior and senior years, played varsity soccer as a freshman, and was a varsity cheerleader her junior and senior years.

 In conjunction with completing her Girl Scout Gold Award, she developed a program for Frederick County called Sensory Exploration for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders. Natalie is attending UMD College Park in the University Honors Program. She is majoring in Hearing and Speech with the goal of becoming a pediatric speech pathologist. Congratulations, Natalie!
Emmanuel Luzuriaga (MSS 2017)
Emmanuel graduated from Maria Goretti High School and earned his Associate Degree in Psychology from HCC (Hagerstown Community College). He will be furthering his studies in Psychology at USMH (University System of Maryland Hagerstown).

His mother, Dayssy Davila, thanked the “exceptional faculty and staff” at Mother Seton for helping to make her son a “great human being” and for nurturing his spiritual development so that he decided on a career in helping others. She gave a special shout out to the late Sister Brenda Monahan, whom she said always believed in Emmanuel and was his “special angel.”
Catching up with
Payton (Lookenbill) Sowers (MSS 2010)
Payton graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2018 with her Bachelors in Education. She currently teaches first grade in Hartsville, S.C., and this summer, married her high school sweetheart, Bryan Sowers. They are expecting their first child, a little boy, who is named Keegan Leroy, after Payton’s Pappy, Donald Shantz, who was a very active member of the MSS community. 

Payton has great memories of her time at Mother Seton and referred to it as “my favorite part of growing up.” She remembers Mrs. Breighner and Mrs. Denton as two of the teachers who were so influential and made her want to pursue teaching as her career.
THANK YOU MSS Alumni & Little Family
Thanks to all who participated in the "Angels Above" Alumni Golf Tournament. It was a beautiful day to get out and play golf, socialize, and enjoy good friends and good food. Over $30,000 was raised to support the Jack and Shirley Little Scholarship at MSS!

And the Littles didn’t rest on their laurels! They organized a special bingo on November 3rd that resulted in adding another $3,600.00 to the scholarship fund! Thank you so much, Little Family!
We prayerfully remember the following
Sister Elizabeth Ann Tonroe
Sister Elizabeth Ann Tonroe, DOC, died on September 27, 2021 at the Villa St. Michael. Sister Elizabeth Ann was the principal of Mother Seton School from 1989-1991.
Alex Plowman (MSS 1973)
Alex Plowman (MSS 1973) died on July 13, 2021, in Blue Ridge Summit after an extended illness. Alex is survived by siblings Jon Plummer, Chris Plowman (MSS 1966), and Kathy Plowman Winkler, and predeceased by siblings Lisabeth Plowman Rogers, Valerie Plowman Walker and Rebecca Plowman.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.