Our Lady Oak
This month's guest columnist is Lauryn Kidd, writing about how the loss of a historic oak brings a sense of loss and life lessons at Our Lady Academy in Bay St. Louis.
- photos courtesy OLA
“The tree was very old,” says Our Lady Academy teacher, Audrey Mayer, “It was here before our school and witnessed the building of the town, the school, and the raising of so many generations. Losing it seems like the death of an era and a reminder of the fragility of life.”
Our Lady Oak was an important aspect to Our Lady Academy. “Many generations of women lived, laughed, cried, prayed, and studied under its branches. Our Lady Oak was always there to welcome us long after we graduated. Just like our ties to OLA, the trees roots go deep,” says Our Lady Academy alumnae Shannon Collins.
In proper Our Lady Academy fashion, there was a prayer ceremony to honor and say goodbye to the tree. “When we came back from spring break the tree was gone, but the light shone even brighter at Our Lady Academy,” says OLA Principal Darnell Cuevas.
Our Lady Oak will be missed.