Class of 2017 Receives Senior Rings as Signs of Humble Virtues

Posted September 12, 2016 / Last updated September 15, 2016

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Fr. Dyer contrasts J.R.R. Tolkein and Richard Wagner in the Ring Mass homily.

In his homily at the Ring Mass for the Class of 2017, Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J. contrasts J.R.R. Tolkien and Richard Wagner.

The Class of 2017 celebrated its Ring Mass on Saturday, Sept. 10 in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs. Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J., the principle celebrant of the Mass, used the Lord of the Rings to present the virtues of humility and fidelity to the congregation.

“The hero of the Lord of the Rings,” Dyer said, “is the humblest person. It’s a little hobbit who doesn’t want the mission he’s been given, but he does it anyway.” Blue Jays were then asked to see the rings they were receiving as signs of their formation as they grow into men who can put the needs of others before their own.

Watch the Video of Fr. Dyer’s Homily


After the homily Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J., distributed 290 rings to the seniors who were in attendance. Also concelebrating the Ring Mass were Fr. Norman O’Neal, S.J., and Fr. Donald Saunders, S.J.

Assisting at the Mass were seniors Jack Quaglino and William Fine, who proclaimed the first and second readings, and Davis Martin read the prayers of the faithful.

While most of the rings distributed to seniors were purchased new, several represent two generations in that alumni fathers gift their own bands to their Blue Jay sons.

Following Mass, seniors processed out and assembled on South Solomon Street directly in front of the steps to pose as a class, rings reaching to the sky. Seniors then broke into smaller groups for more photos before leaving campus to prepare for the Ring Dance. Seniors will report back to school on Tuesday, following Monday’s senior ring holiday.

(Photos by Jeff Strout)