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Meet the 2023 St. Philippine Duchesne Award Winner: Anita Hymel

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Anita Hymel
St. Philippine Duchesne Award Winner 

st phiippine award winner anita hymel

The Rosary Alumnae Association could not be prouder to honor Anita Hymel as the 2023 St. Philippine Duchesne award winner.

Anita began volunteering at Sacred Heart ten years ago when her granddaughters entered the two-year-old program. As the mother of three sons, Jean Paul, Brad and Brett, she was an avid volunteer for all of their activities throughout their years in school. She said, “I believe that it is very important for children to see the adults in their lives support and take an active role in their activities.

So, it was only natural that when she had grandchildren, she would continue in that role as a grandmother, while helping them through their formative years. Anita gave endless hours of support to the Academy of the Sacred Heart through hands on activities with the school. She first started by reading to the class, sometimes dressing for the holiday or the theme of the book. In addition, she included craft activities for the students. Anita took an active role in the school’s Conge, beginning small by working in a booth and continued on the chairing of the frozen food booth, and later the sweet booth. Along the way, she made French berets when the students “visited” France and later helped with the pixie doll project. She took a keen interest in the Sacred Heart Academic Games team, serving a year as the academic coach for the President’s category. When the Tres Bien Boutique opened last year, Anita found a new calling as a volunteer there. 

Anita attends most events at Sacred Heart, and she and her husband Ronnie donate to Annual Giving. 

Anita graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education and began her career as a Home Economist with Louisiana Power and Light Company, today known as Entergy. After her sons were born, she took time off and worked part time as Director of Religious Education at Holy Family Catholic Church in Luling where she was responsible for students from kindergarten through sixth grade. She was also a freelance reporter for the Times Picayune, River Parishes Bureau for over twenty years. Later, she returned to Entergy where she worked in public relations at the Waterford III Nuclear Power Plant where she coordinated the Visitor Center and oversaw the Quiz Bowl, Summer Science Camp and a variety of other activities. From there, Anita transferred to Entergy New Orleans where she retired as a Customer Service Manager.

Anita was born and reared in Edgard, moved to Luling where she and Ronnie reared their three boys and later moved to Gonzales.

Anita is a member of the Ladies Leukemia League, where she served as president, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution New Orleans chapter where she serves as librarian, a member of St. Elizabeth’s Guild and a member of the Holy Family Busy Bees. She has served as Eucharist Minister at Holy Family and St. Anne’s in Gonzales and received the Order of St. Louis Medal through the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

“I am truly honored to receive this recognition, but the best reward is spending time supporting my grandchildren and the goals of the Academy of the Sacred Heart,” said Anita.

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