From 1925 to 1998, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur served Saint Alexander school, parish, and community in Villa Park, IL. In their honor, a maple tree has been planted and a bench installed on the Prairie Path near the parish where bikers, walkers, and runners pass by. A dedication ceremony was held on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Sister Joan Shields, the last principal of Saint Alexander School, was present for the ceremony.
Associate, Barb Keane, who lives nearby, was also present.
The plaque on the bench was not completed by the time of the dedication, so a replica was placed on the bench for the ceremony.