“Do small things
with great love.”
Mother Teresa’s words illustrate Colleen Welsh’s feelings about Flintridge Sacred Heart, both in how she fondly remembers her daughter’s time on the Hill and her own approach to philanthropy.
Colleen, her husband Luke, and Nora ’12 were blown away the first time they drove up the Hill. “We thought we had run into an Italian villa where everyone was welcoming, and all the students seemed genuinely happy.” Following this experience, Colleen was thrilled to support her daughter’s choice to attend Flintridge Sacred Heart. “We thought it was the coolest thing ever.”
While an honor for Nora to be named valedictorian senior year, the small moments that occurred every day over four years remain most indelible and special in her mind. “We always felt the warmth of love from everyone, including the faculty, staff, and Sisters. Nora’s life on the Hill was rich with this warmth and love.” The Sisters were a big part of this experience. “We loved that the Dominican Sisters were omnipresent at every event. We don’t know if they ever slept! They embody the Dominican spirit at Flintridge Sacred Heart and are so supportive of the girls. It was inspiring to us that these women of God were willing to be there for the girls.” Even today, Nora feels that same sense of welcome when she visits the campus.
Colleen and Luke wasted no time becoming involved during Nora’s freshmen year. “We jumped right in by helping with Nora’s cross country team and basketball teams. I signed up for Gala. I signed up for anything I could. We’re joiners!” They wanted to be involved in every aspect of campus life, and this included supporting the school as donors.
“We know we aren’t big players in the philanthropic world, but what we do is what Mother Teresa did—small things with great love—while also standing on the shoulders of those who supported the school before us.” Colleen thinks of the Student Activities Center, built because of the support of generous donors. Nora benefited from both its science classrooms and gym. “We honor that generosity by being equally generous, and hopefully we inspire others to do the same. We all have a responsibility to continue to give so future generations can benefit from this wonderful institution.”
What advantages does Colleen think the school offers? “Flintridge Sacred Heart empowers young women to find their true selves while they develop confidence, faith and a thirst for knowledge that prepares them for college. That’s a phenomenal gift that we give the girls.”