Fifty Years! Class of 1969 Celebrates Golden Reunion
The Class of 1969 celebrated its Golden Reunion on the weekend of April 5-6. Being the Class of 1969, of course, meant that it would take a plethora of activities to truly celebrate in the correct Blue Jay way. In fact, Blue Jay Way was the site of Friday night’s stag crawfish boil in Pontiff Pavilion at Jesuit’s John Ryan Stadium. (The stadium is located at 101 Blue Jay Way just across the parish line in Metairie.) Nearly 90 Blue Jays, bolstered by class members from Boston to Bellevue, Wash., enjoyed catching up before hitting the field to take a group photo beneath the stadium scoreboard bearing a brightly lit “Congratulations, Class of 1969” message. The golf outing planned for earlier in the day was rained out.
Saturday was dedicated to not one, not two, not three, but four reunion events. First, in the morning Deacons Joe Liuzza and Jim Tramonte led a spiritual reflection in the Holy Name chapel on the school’s campus. Then the alums returned to the chapel for a late afternoon Mass celebrated by Fr. Anthony McGinn ’66, who was assisted by Deacons Joe and Jim. Following Mass, alumni director Mat Grau ’68 led the group on a tour of the school, highlighting the numerous renovations since the group’s days at Carrollton and Banks. Then it was time for the big event, a festive couples buffet reception at City Park’s Bayou Oaks Clubhouse, beautifully decorated by Linda Cerise, wife of committee member Donnie Cerise.
Such a successful weekend of events could not have happened without the planning and hard work of a cracker-jack committee. Kudos to class captain Kevin Heigle and his committee members.