Blue Jays Honor Their Mothers at Annual Mother-Son Mass & Breakfast

Posted October 25, 2017 / Last updated November 12, 2019

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Lorraine Hess and her sons Christian ’18 and Holden ’22 take their seats before Mass begins at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Jesuit is “alma mater” to every young man who walks the halls at Carrollton and Banks. The characterization of Jesuit High School as “dear mother” is founded upon the partnership between the school and the parents of each student. This teamwork in raising men of faith and men for others enables students to become leaders for the community and world.


The Mass was celebrated at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, which remain in the spot adjacent to the original site of the school on Baronne and Common Streets.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, Blue Jays and their mothers – some 350 people in all – gathered for the annual Mother-Son Mass & Reception to celebrate the special bond between Blue Jays and their mothers. The morning began with Mass at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, after which Blue Jays and their mothers walked across Baronne Street to the Roosevelt Hotel for breakfast and a series of presentations about the ways in which Blue Jay moms have made a difference in their sons’ lives.

View the Video of the Address by Patrick Schwing ’18

View the Video of Address by Luke Sisung ’18

View the Video of the Address by Jesuit Counselor Justin Genovese ’04

Jesuit’s president, Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J., was the principal celebrant of the Mass. During the homily, Fr. Fronk read a letter that he had written to his mother while deployed in Afghanistan, acknowledging the lessons she had taught him to reach outside the family circle to help others in love.

Mass was concelebrated by Fr. Paul Shaughnessy, S.J., and Fr. Donald Saunders, S.J., both teachers at Jesuit. The Jesuit choir, accompanied by IMJC organist Paul Wattigny and directed by Mr. Jeremy Reuther ’01 and Mr. Scott Delatte ’06, provided music for the Eucharistic celebration.

At the reception, Fr. Fronk reiterated words of welcome and commented on the remarkable Jesuit family of which he is now proud to be a part. Jesuit’s director of institutional advancement Tom Bagwill then introduced the senior speakers, Patrick Schwing and Luke Sisung, and a special surprise speaker, Jesuit counselor Mr. Justin Genovese ’04, who spoke about his mother Karen.

Jesuit offers its thanks to Fr. Frank Reale, S.J., the pastor at IMJC, for making the historic home church of Jesuit High School available for the Mass and to all those who attended this meaningful event of connection.