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Legacy Gala 2019 and Online Auction

Celebrate with us
Don’t miss PMA’s social event of the year. The 13th annual Spring Gala Legacy Evening on Friday, April 5
at Lenzi’s in Dracut, MA.
This evening we will celebrate PMA with a silent and live auction, dinner, recognition of our Legacy Award recipients, games, raffles and a lot fun.
 The award-winning, Boston band Business Time will be there to help us celebrate.
Use the following link to purchase tickets:
 For event information please contact Sarah Previte Hamilton, ’81 at

Online Auction

PMA’s Annual Online Auction leading up to the Gala.
During March 21-April 4, 2019 visit www. to see the items and bid! Bid early and often.
All money raised, during both event, will benefit out students.

March 2019 Events

PMA 2019 March Events

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 6

March Madness
March 18-22

Online Auction
March 21-April 4

Spring Musical
The Chorus Line
Friday, March 22
7:00 pm /Dupre Center
Saturday, March 23
2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Dupre Center

Online Auction
March 21-April 4

Online Auction
March 21-April 4

Legacy Gala
Friday, April 5

PMA Athletic Hall of Fame

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On Thursday, June 21, PMA held our inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame.
We honored Mr. Stephen Stankus, long time History teacher and Athletic Director as well as the 1994 Varsity Softball Team.
Ten of the original thirteen members of the softball team were in attendance, nine in person and one via Skype, from Spain. The team was recognized for their incredible teamwork and accomplishments for being the first and only Division III Softball Champions in PMA history.
Mr. Stankus was honored for his dedication to the PMA sports program.  He has served as coach and AD for over 30 years combined, and  has fervently mentored and coached hundreds of young women, and recently young men. This year Mr. Stankus will retire as PMA’s Athletic Director and will focus all of his energy teaching History.
Speakers of the evening included Maureen Wilson-Leal, ’94, key member of the Varsity team.  Mr. Eugene Ward, former PMA History Teacher and long-time friend of Mr. Stankus,  and Mr. Glenn Keating, first Athletic Director.  A special thank you to Sean Reardon, Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Coach, for being the Master of Ceremonies.
 L-R: Stephen Stankus, Maureen Wilson-Leal,’94, Heather Viti Kelly, ’94, Lauren Russell Murray, ’96,  Lauren Perrochi Powers, ’94, Linda Deziel Sherry, ’94 (on phone), Colleen Lanctot, ’94, Jennifer Gaudet, ’96, Kathleen Connors, ’94, Kathleen Carroll Sanzi, ’95, Jennifer Baggett Kobrenski, ’94.
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PMA Broke Ground


PMA broke ground on Tuesday, June 27 beginning the transformation of the front of the school into an atrium style entrance, improving the overall layout, functionality and accessibility.

PMA is located on the historic grounds of millionaire Edward F. Searles, best known locally for his stone-walls located throughout Methuen, MA, Salem, NH and Windham, NH.  The main entrance of PMA was Mr. Searles former carriage house built in the late the late 1800’s.  PMA opened its doors to the first students in 1958.  The time has come to commit to a complete renovation and yet still respect the historic structure where the school was established.


Mr. Angelo Petrozzelli, former parent and owner of Design Partnership Architects, Inc, of Haverhill, MA has been working with PMA for the past two years, developing plans to help PMA create a vision and now will turn this vision into a reality with the help of CBC Construction. The goal is for the construction to take place during the summer and be complete early fall.

This is a very exciting time, said Rose Maria DiFiore Redman, ’85, Head of school,  I have been working at PMA for 28 years, as a teacher, Assistant Principal. Principal and now Head of School. During my time here, I have witnessed many changes, including the building of the Dupre Center in 2002, becoming a co-ed institution in 2011, creating a dorm in 2012 housing international students from 11 different countries, and now this. Change is very exciting and I cannot think of anyone who embraces the challenge and exhilaration of change as much as PMA.  

The cost for renovations is projected to be $750,000.  PMA launched their Discover the Potential Capital Campaign, with the goal of raising $1 million at their annual Legacy Gala and Auction Evening on March 31, to fund this project and increase endowments for future student scholarships.


Discover the Potential: Capital Campaign

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PMA’s Proposed New Entrance

In 2002, PMA, looking to the future, embarked on a $1 Million Capital Campaign to build the Dupre Center. This monumental undertaking added a new larger athletic center, theater and expanded arts center. Alumni, parents, community partners, and friends all showed their belief in the future of PMA with their financial support.

Flash forward to 2017, and PMA is again looking to invest in our future. A ground breaking occurred on June 27 to begin the renovation of the Edward F. Searles Carriage House which is the center of the Academy building. This exciting expansion will include a new sun-drenched, atrium style entrance along with other internal improvements which will enhance the Academy as well as improve accessibility and safety for our students, staff, and visitors.  Today the need is great. The 2017-2020 Capital Campaign needs to raise $1 Million for the renovation and build our endowment.

Will you be a part of PMA’s future?

Please consider your gift today to be part of PMA’s continued legacy. We count on you to continue to allow students to discover themselves at PMA.

Make a gift securely online with your credit card

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Or mail your donation to Presentation of Mary Academy, Attention Advancement Office, 209 Lawrence Street, Methuen, MA  01844

You Can Help Future PMA students Discover their Potential with a gift today!

BRICKS – If you are interested in purchasing a brick to cement your legacy into the new PMA Walkway please email the development office at  8×8 bricks are available for $1,000 and 4×8 bricks are available for $500.

Summer News


PMA will be closed the first two weeks of July and will observe summer hours until August.

If you need anything please leave a message on our main line, 978-682-9391, and we will get back to you at our earliest convenience.

2017 Spring Gala & Legacy Auction – Thank you

Thank you for everyone who supported our Spring Gala and Legacy Evening by attending, donating an item, sponsoring the event, and volunteering their time.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we could not be successful without the support of our families, students, faculty and staff, board of trustees, community members, friends and especially the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary.