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Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Doane Stuart School

Local milestone, national anomoly: I bet you didn't know that the Doane Stuart School in Albany is the only successful example of a Protestant and Catholic school merging in the entire United States. As reported by the Time Union over the weekend, the school celebrated the 30th anniversary of the merger over the weekend:
The Doane Stuart School was formed when the Roman Catholic Kenwood Academy, founded in 1852, and the Episcopal Saint Agnes School, founded in 1870, merged in 1975.

The name Doane Stuart, taken from the first Episcopal Bishop of Albany -- the Rev. William Croswell Doane -- and the Roman Catholic educator -- Mother Janet Erskine Stuart -- represents the interfaith nature of the coeducational, independent day school.

"The institutions that merged to create our current school were the oldest in Albany," said Eric Stahura, director of admissions and college counseling. "Our school, in some fashion, has been in existence for over 150 years."

Of course, Doane Stuart has a special place in my heart - my wife and I got married in their chapel. In fact, SJC's family is Catholic and my family is Methodist, making our merger pretty darn Donae Stuart-ish.


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At 8:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

The St. Agnes alums never really took to the merger, though.    



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