In 1844, a generation after the Society of the Sacred Heart was founded, Pauline Perdrau, a young novice, took it upon herself to produce a fresco of Mary as she imagined Mary might have been as a student in the temple before the Annunciation. Upon seeing the original when visiting the convent, Pope Pius IX exclaimed “Mater Admirabilis!” (Latin for Mother, Most Admirable!). The fresco may be seen today in its original location on a wall in the convent at the Trinita dei Monti in Rome, Italy. At Forest Ridge, as at all Sacred Heart schools, one may find Mater in a variety of forms. The most loved by alumnae is the statue given to the school in 1910 by the Baillargeon family. The statue currently sits in the narthex of the chapel. Whether a painting, a statue, or a fresco, certain details are common. Mary is clothed in pink, a favorite color of Pauline’s. The lily at her side represents her purity; the distaff and spindle, her love of work; a book or scroll, her dedication to study. Many miracles have been associated with Mater. The Church has declared October 20 as the Feast of Mater.