If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Press forward and fear nothing.
Saint Katharine Drexel
Immaculata At A Glance
Name: Immaculata - inspired by Immaculate Mother Academy, a Catholic school that provided education to African-Americans in Nashville from 1909-1954
Saint: Saint Katharine Drexel
Catholic Social Teaching: Life and Dignity of the Human Person
The miracle of the Immaculate Conception, our Blessed Mother's conception without the stain of original sin, embodies the life of this House. It also connects to the history of Catholic education in Nashville. From 1909-1954, Immaculate Mother Academy provided Catholic education to African-Americans in Nashville, and when it was closed in 1954, its male students integrated Father Ryan High School, the first private school to integrate in Tennessee.
This educational legacy and the Blessed Mother’s inspiration are present at Father Ryan today; from our May Processions and Rosaries to the statuary on the campus and tributes to social justice leaders. Her life as Christ’s Mother serves as an example to our students of a life of service, love, and respect for the dignity of all of God’s children.