During this COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that you and your families are staying safe and well. Over the course of several weeks, we have witnessed a sudden change in our daily routines and social gatherings with friends and families. If you are similar to us, it is a challenge to be separated from our loved ones in both a personal and school setting. In order to keep your safety and health a top priority, the Ladies of the Shield Tea, St. Joseph Altar, and Easter Egg Hunt were canceled this spring. These events are very dear to us as this is when we welcome and celebrate our New Crusader Moms, our Senior Moms, all members of the Ladies of the Shield, and women with a love for Brother Martin.
As we continue with the school year away from Elysian Fields, we still welcome future and current members to learn more about the Ladies of the Shield. Saint Claudine Thévenet, the founder of the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, said "How good God is" in some of the most challenging times of her life. Under our present circumstances, God is good as he has blessed our Brother Martin family with our Ladies of the Shield organization who supports Brother Martin and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and their Partners in Mission through continued involvement in our community. Our organization has also produced lifelong camaraderie and friendships.
Upon learning of the extension of the Stay at Home Order, let us continue to pray for those affected by the illness and for our students. In the future, we will celebrate our friendships through other opportunities that we look forward to planning when time allows.
Cissy Yakelis Megan Whalen
Ladies of the Shield Community Relations Director
Ladies of the Shield was formed in 2006, with the intention of establishing scholarships in honor of our sons and/or husbands who are graduates of St. Aloysius, Cor Jesu or Brother Martin. The Ladies of the Shield also support Brother Martin High School and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and their Partners in Mission through continued involvement in the Brother Martin community.
The Ladies of the Shield Scholarship was completed in July of 2013. Since that time, all funds raised were dedicated to Brother Jean Sobert, S.C. Student Activities Endowment at Brother Martin. In August of 2020, the Ladies of the Shield Endowment was established to assist with the greatest needs of Brother Martin High School as deemed by the Principal and President.
Our primary fundraising activity, “The Holiday Home Tour” is held in December each year. The Ladies of the Shield also share their time and talents assisting at Parents Club meetings, Open House, and the Easter Egg Hunt.
If you know of a prospective member with a love for Brother Martin how would be interested in joining, please share our information with them or call us at (504) 284-6700 for more information.
Join the merriment of the Christmas season with the Ladies of the Shield Holiday Home Tour benefiting the Brother Jean Sobert, S.C. Student Activities Endowment at Brother Martin High School. This one-day, self-guided tour features distinctive homes in the beautiful Greater New Orleans (GNO) neighborhoods, from the Uptown area to Old Metairie. In the tour, participants can meet the homeowners, learn the history about each home, and partake in some Christmas shopping at our holiday boutique located at one of the homes.
The St. Joseph Altar is traditionally held in the James B. Branton Chapel in the course of two days in honor of the feast day. St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of the Universal Church, of fathers and husbands, of workers, as patronage of the sick and of a happy death. The Ladies of the Shield, partnering with Campus Ministry, volunteers through donations, baking Italian cookies, distributing prayer cards, and educating guests about the altar’s rich history to students, families, friends, and guests.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is a complimentary event open to all Brother Martin families and friends in the spring. Follow the Bunny's footprints into the Backyard area of school for an Easter Bunny sighting or a professional photo provided by Romaguera Photography. Children can also partake in the many crafts and games, so please bring your own basket for an Easter Egg Hunt complete with candy and eggs. The easter egg hunts will be divided into age groups of 1-2 years old, 3-4 years old, and 5-7 years old.
Celebrate the year at Ladies of the Shield Spring Social which welcomes and highlights our New Crusader Moms, Senior Moms, all members of the Ladies of the Shield, and women with a love for Brother Martin. Everyone can get involved during the school year by participating in a number of opportunities such as membership and volunteerism. Our organization has also produced lifelong camaraderie and friendships.
For questions, please email Cissy Yakelis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Megan Whalen at email@example.com.