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Catherine Ronan Karrels
Class with nun
Our Centennial

Marking a century of educating women of faith and purpose.

1719 Mass Ave, Washington, DC
Convent of the Sacred Heart

1719 Massachusetts Ave, Washington, DC.

Sr Anne Dyer
Graduation 2006

Sr. Anne Dyer with Stone Ridge graduates.

Welcome Message From the Head

Dear Stone Ridge Community, 

It’s time to celebrate! The much anticipated 2023-24 Centennial school year has arrived. 

One hundred years ago, the pioneering spirit of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat inspired the sisters at the Convent of the Sacred Heart on Massachusetts Avenue to open a school, which began with three young women in attendance. Today, Stone Ridge continues to motivate hundreds of eager young learners to realize their special gifts and bring Christ’s love into the world.

This year, the Stone Ridge community pays particular attention to Goal V: Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom. As we reflect on our roots and remain grounded by the timeless values of the Society of the Sacred Heart, we continue to innovate, meet new challenges, set new goals, and move confidently into the future. 

I welcome you to explore the digital archives, share your favorite memories and join us for celebratory events throughout the year as we mark a century of educating women of faith and purpose.


Catherine Ronan Karrels '86
Head of School

Our Journey

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Stone Ridge's weekday boarding program began with six Upper School students who joined the student body in the 1956-57 school year taking up residence in the Cottage. The program lasted through the spring of 1973.

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The Hamiltons

In 1900, George Hamilton paid $6,000 for twenty acres of farmland along the dusty, unpaved Rockville Pike. In 1904, he added thirty more acres to his property and built a white clapboard summer home in the colonial revival style. The Hamiltons called their home “Stone Ridge.”

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depictions of Mater Admirabilis

In every school and convent of the Sacred Heart around the world, there is always a picture of Mater Admirabilis, Mother Most Admirable, hanging in a prominent place. This depiction of Our Lady as a young girl just before the Annunciation changed her life forever is an image unique to the Sacred Heart Order.

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Return to Center

"Educators from the various Sacred Heart schools began to confer with each other in order to find a way to safeguard the legacy and the vision of the Sacred Heart education in the United States during these agitated times. Sister Catherine Collins, RSCJ, had already laid the groundwork for this type of organization while she was still at Stone Ridge."

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