Theresa Sweeney and her friend Kathleen Buck slowly made their way up a spiral staircase that led from the first floor of the Providence Academy building up to the Chapel on Tuesday.
As 1950 and 1952 graduates of the former all-girls Catholic school and coed primary school that closed in 1966, they were sensitive to all the changed details in the historic structure, including that the stairs used to be polished wood, not carpeted, as they are now.
But as the they stepped into the freshly painted-white chapel, which was devoid of the familiar pews during continued renovations, neither woman showed signs of bitterness.
“I was here in the chapel when ceiling pieces were falling on the floor and everything was in disarray,” Buck said. “When the roof leaked and stuff, it just broke my heart. Now this is looking good.”
Buck and Sweeney were among 150 other alumni, their relatives and others in attendance at what will soon be an annual event called Together Again.