RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA—Marymount California University announced that it will celebrate it’s 50th year as a higher education institution with a gala on Saturday, September 29, beginning at 6 p.m., on its picturesque Oceanview campus. The event will honor Sister Antoine-Marie Baurier of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), the founding order of the institution.
In 1969, Sr. Antoine-Marie was teaching at the Marymount School in Paris when she was asked to travel thousands of miles to join her sisters in California to teach at Marymount High School in Palos Verdes. She was told the assignment would be for one year. Even though her degree from the Sorbonne was in science, and she had taught math in Paris, she was asked to teach French and Spanish language classes at her new home.
The one-year assignment was soon extended, and she joined the faculty when the high school became Marymount College in 1972. At that time, the college was a two-year institution with only about 100 students. She lived on campus with the other RSHM sisters who were working as teachers and administrators. In lean times, the sisters donated 75 percent of their salaries back to the school. In 2000, they donated their convent, which is now called the Oceanside building on campus.
Sr. Antoine has navigated through many changes during her career and ministry at Marymount. She mentions that when she started teaching, her students were like younger siblings. Now, she says, they are like her grandchildren. Many of them, when returning to Marymount to visit her, have commented that no other language classes they’ve taken have taught them as much as hers. Her love for teaching and for her students is evident.
“As a Catholic institution, we have a mission that aspires to treat those we serve with true respect, to recognize their dignity, and to attend to their spiritual needs,” said Marymount California University president Brian Marcotte. “Sister Antoine-Marie Baurier has shared and embodied this mission for nearly 50 years. She is a pillar of our Marymount community and we are grateful for her dedication as an educator and her leadership as a member of our board of trustees. We are pleased to honor her as part of our 50 year gala celebration.”
To commemorate her service, a scholarship fund will be established in her name. The fund will provide scholarships to students who would otherwise not have the resources to pursue a quality private school college education. You are invited to support The Sister Antoine-Marie Baurier Scholarship Fund that will help guide our students to find their own path to academic success and lifelong fulfillment.
Other ways to honor Sister Antoine-Marie include:
- Placing a tribute ad in our Gala event program
- Placing a memory page in a special “Memory Book” in honor of Sister
- Purchase 50/50 Opportunity Drawing tickets
- Giving toward scholarship fund
About Marymount California University
Marymount California University is a private, Catholic university that challenges students of all backgrounds and ages to pursue lives of leadership and service. With its Oceanview and Waterfront campuses, the University offers a distinctive range of experiences along the Los Angeles County coastline in Palos Verdes and in downtown San Pedro. The spirit of its founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, guides the University to cultivate integrity, respect for human dignity and commitment to justice as a Catholic institution. Marymount offers Associate degrees; Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, Multidisciplinary Studies and Psychology; Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Biology, Digital Communications and Management; and a Master of Business Administration. The university also is a Member of the California Pacific Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), participating in men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country, track and golf; softball and baseball; lacrosse is played as a club sport. This fall MCU is proud to announce our newest sports, tennis and women’s volleyball.