The 2019 Head of School Award Recipients


On October 17, 2019, Holy Child recognized three extraordinary leaders in the Holy Child community at our annual Head of School Recognition Dinner. Congratulations to Wooly Devine ’79 and Connie Coakley Caulfield ’82 along with her husband, Pat Caulfield, for receiving this year’s Ignatia and Mother Mary Xavier Awards. Below you will find the award descriptions. Thank you to Wooly, Connie, and Pat for their dedication to Holy Child over the years!


The Ignatia Award

Rita “Wooly” Devine ’29 – 2019 Recipient

Sister Lucy Ignatia was one of the six pioneer leaders of the Society of Holy Child Jesus that made the journey across the Atlantic to America in 1862. She was bright, lively, and gentle, with a good sense of humor and a great capacity for loyal support of others. The Ignatia Award is merited to a member of the Connelly School of Holy Child community that has furthered the mission of the Society throughout their tenure.



The Mother Mary Xavier Award 

Connie Coakley Caulfield ’82 and Pat Caulfield – 2019 Recipient’s

Cornelia Connelly chose Mother Mary Xavier to lead the expansion of the Society of Holy Child Jesus to America and beyond thus creating, for the first time, a worldwide network for the Society. She was chosen for her smart judgement, initiative, perseverance, her inspiring confidence, and for imparting her own joyous and self-sacrificing spirit onto others. The Mother Mary Xavier Award is given to leaders within the Holy Child community who embody the spirit of Cornelia Connelly and Mother Mary Xavier, and have the determination and courage to create change – change that furthers the Holy Child mission of educating women of faith and action.