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Wheeling Jesuit University Hosts Mount de Chantal Film Exhibit

Wheeling, W. Va., September 10, 2012 - All are invited to join Mount de Chantal's Sr. Joanne Gonter at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, at Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU), for a screening of the recently produced film about Mount de Chantal, "For Mind and Spirit." The film will be shown in WJU's Troy Theater on the Wheeling Jesuit campus, and the event is free and open to the public.

Produced by the Walkabout Company of Wheeling with major funding by the Wheeling National Heritage Corporation, the film chronicles the evolution of the Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling, and the impact of the sisters and the school on thousands of young people who studied there over the course of its 160 years.

An exhibit of Mount de Chantal archival materials, developed by Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Archivist Jon-Erik Gilot, will be on display, along with a slide show of historical Mount photographs assembled by Deb and Rick Warmuth of the Walkabout Company.

A guest of WJU President Richard A. Beyer, Sr. Joanne will share her thoughts about the film, its production during the final year of the school's operation, and her own years at the Mount as a student (class of 1952) and a Visitation Sister. She is one of the five Sisters who moved from Wheeling to Washington, D.C., in 2010 after the Mount's closing. Sr. Joanne also has the distinction of being a co-founder of Wheeling College and a member of the first graduation class, in 1959.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to return to Wheeling and view this wonderful film in the company of so many Mount alumnae and friends," Sister Joanne says. "The history of Mount de Chantal is strongly connected with that of Wheeling Jesuit University and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, so I also am delighted to participate with them in this event."

Additional funding for "For Mind and Spirit" was provided by the National Park Service Department of the Interior, the Schenk Charitable Trust and the Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley.


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