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May 08, 2024

Celebrating Intergenerational Love

On Grandparents’ Day 2024, students from the Academy of the Holy Angels Middle School reflected on the gift of intergenerational love.


AHA Upper School Principal Jean Miller welcomed everyone to the morning prayer service, sharing memories of how her parents doted on her children, and how she is enjoying being a grandmother to her own grandbabies.


“Grandparents are the pillars of wisdom,” Miller said, noting how loving grandparents enrich their grandchildren’s lives. She pointed to their love, devotion, and positive influence.”


Musical selections were performed by the Middle School Choir and the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade handbell ensembles, all of whom were led by Performing Arts Director Dan Mahoney.


Prayer leaders included Emma, Vivianne, Bogna, Keira, and Ella; and lectors were Alba and Valentina. Jillian extended a centuries-old tradition as she crowned the statue of Mary.


Sisters Hannah and Lizbeth shared their stories about staying connected with their grandparents, who live in India. Hannah said she cherishes the lessons they have taught her about compassion and kindness, and the importance of serving those in need. Lizbeth pointed to their laughter and warmth, their nurturing and advice, and their ability to always love and forgive.


Joanna spoke about the abiding support her grandparents provide.


“They never let me down,” she said. “They are perfect in my eyes.”


Tessa noted that she and her grandmother, Theresa Lafond, share a special connection, since Mrs. Lafond is an AHA alumna (Class of 1957). Tessa said her grandmother had Sister Genevieve Kelleher, SSND, (for whom Kelleher Hall was named) as a teacher. After her graduation, Lafond decided to become a School Sister, a role she embraced for 12 years. Ultimately, Lafond married and became the mother of 14 children. Tessa said she thinks she is her grandmother’s favorite grandchild, since they share the experience of the AHA sisterhood.

Middle School Dean Traci Koval thanked everyone for attending the morning service, and invited the Grandparents’ Day guests to enjoy lunch and fellowship.


Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious school serves young women from many backgrounds.