Sr. Celestine Cepress Endowed Alumni Children's Scholarship
About Sr. Celestine Cepress
Cepress, FSPA, passed in 2007 at the age of 102 and earned degrees in
Latin, English, and history and taught at Viterbo University for 35
years. She served as chair of the English department, the language and
literature department, and was the founder of the Lumen student
newspaper and Touchstone literary and art magazine. She was named
Viterbo Teacher of the Year in 1980.
Sr. Cepress is remembered as a beloved member of the faculty who
instilled in her many students the love of literature and poetry. She
genuinely loved life, and she had a profound effect on countless
students, many of whom remembered her with one of the 700–800 birthday
cards she would receive each year.
“Some teachers change minds and some teachers change hearts,” said
Tom Thibodeau, a member of the religious studies faculty. “Sr. Celestine