Honoring Our Founder - Countess Benigna Day Celebration

On April 6, 1742 Countess Benigna von Zinzendorf (1725-1789), daughter of the Moravian leader Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, put out a call to the parents of children in her community to garner support for a school.
 
Two hundred and seventy-five years later to the day, Moravian Academy and Moravian College joined together at Foy Hall on the College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus to honor our shared founder and her legacy with a very special event.
 
It began with the tolling of the church bell …
 
Upon ringing the bell atop Central Moravian Church, the Moravian College Choir kicked off the festivities by singing the alma mater of the Moravian College for Women (~1913-1954).
 
Academy senior Rachael Kraft re-created Benigna’s Call for Education by reciting her words while wearing traditional Moravian attire. Then, a Proclamation from Pennsylvania Representative Charlie Dent was presented by College alumna Genesis Ortega, the Congressman’s Constituent Service Representative.
 
A Proclamation from the City of Bethlehem was presented by Mayor Robert J. Donchez, before students of Moravian College performed “Jesus Lead Thou On,” a hymn written by Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf.
 
Academy seniors Theo Bissell and Nina Hart presented personal reflections on the meaning of a Moravian education, followed by a performance by our Eighth Grade Handbell Choir.
 
A Proclamation from Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf was read on his behalf by Diane Husic, Dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences at Moravian College and mother of Academy alumni Corey Husic ’13 and Joren Husic ’16.
 
Ellie Capobianco ’23, Yan Yu ’23, and Sophie Lee ’22 performed on behalf of the Middle School String Ensemble before College President Bryon Grigsby and Headmaster Jeffrey Zemsky delivered their poignant words about the significance our schools' founding has had on the education of young minds in Bethlehem and beyond.
 
Bishop Hopeton Clennon, senior pastor at Central Moravian Church, concluded the event with a Benediction and School Blessing that bestowed blessings onto everyone within our educational institutions’ past, present, and future legacies. 
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