Marion Kaeser Slakey ’48 recipient of the “Spirit of San Damiano Award”


The 2nd annual “Spirit of San Damiano Award” will be presented at the 2019 Revelry Gala & Auction on March 9, 2019. Marion Kaeser Slakey ’48 has been selected as a recipient of this year’s award. 

A graduate of the St. Francis Class of 1948, Marion leads a very active and interesting life. As the Student Body President at St. Francis, Marion dated, and later married, the Student Body President of Christian Brothers High School, Thomas Slakey. They left Sacramento soon after marrying in 1952, living in nine different states and four different countries (Canada, Mexico, England and the Czech Republic) and raised four wonderful children: three sons and a daughter.

Marion attended Loretto Heights College in Denver, and later finished her degree in French Literature at Cornell University while Thomas completed his Ph.D. Marion and Thomas returned to Sacramento in 1997 to provide care for her mother; that next year was the 50th anniversary of her high school graduation and Marion realized she had an opportunity to reconnect with her classmates and alma mater. That she did and continues to do, keeping her class connected and generously providing opportunities for more students to benefit from the St. Francis education she received. She loves being back in Sacramento and near St. Francis Catholic High School. Marion was greeted with a standing ovation from our students when she joined them
at last year’s awards ceremony to present the alumnae scholarship. A Troubie for Life is the only way to  describe Marion Kaeser Slakey ’48, and we’re all the better for her life of faith, excellence, leadership and service.

St. Francis Catholic High School introduced “The Spirit of San Damiano Award” to recognize outstanding
individuals who have significantly contributed to our school community by modeling our pillars of faith, excellence, leadership and service for a period of 10 years or more. These outstanding individuals inspire and empower us to fulfill our mission of “serving young women and their families who seek spiritual growth and academic excellence.” Our honorees are being recognized for their love for St. Francis Catholic High School and our Troubadours which is evidenced by their extreme generosity of time, talent and treasure. 

Honorees of the Spirit of San Damiano Award will be recognized at St. Francis’ Revelry Gala held on March 9.