Thanks to the efforts of Patty Farrell and Margaret Hecht-French, members of the class of 1969 gathered in October at The Madeleine for an evening of memories, laughter, old photos and a school tour in celebration of their 50th reunion. While some of the classrooms looked the same and brought memories flooding back, other parts of the school left these former Madeleine students spinning in circles trying to figure out where they were in the building.

One of the new — sort of new — spaces the alumni visited on their school tour was the Old Church. The recently restored multiuse space is The Madeleine’s original church, built in 1911. After a new church was built in 1955, the original church was converted to practical rather than spiritual uses. The class of 1969 remembers the space as a cafeteria.

With a $4.1 million restoration now complete, the Old Church’s days as a cafeteria and storage space are long gone. Instead, restored stained-glass windows, original woodwork and lighting fixtures, and gleaming hardwood floors create a special ambiance for parish, school and community events.

The members of the class of 1969 could not believe that this beautiful space was their former cafeteria. Hecht-French said the entire evening was “delightful” and that “it was like coming home.” She described the school as looking “vibrant with a love for learning and a celebration of student work.”

If you are an alum of The Madeleine School and would like to plan a reunion for your class, contact Caryn Fiedler, development director, at cfiedler@themadeleine.edu.