Fathers and Sons Celebrate their Bond at Annual Mass & Dinner
Jesuit’s 2017 Father-Son Mass & Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 14 brought fathers and sons to campus for a night of prayer, reflection, and socializing. The relationship between father and son is a treasured gift, and the event gave all in attendance the opportunity to celebrate that special bond. Throughout the year, Family Masses give students and their family members opportunities to celebrate Mass and enjoy fellowship among their friends, family, and members of the Jesuit community.
The evening began at 6 p.m. with Mass in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs celebrated by Fr. Paul Shaughnessy, S.J. Concelebrating were Frs. Chris Fronk, John Brown, Donald Saunders, and Kevin Dyer, all members of the Society of Jesus.
Following Mass, three seniors paid tribute to their fathers. Gavin Sheng spoke movingly about his father, Stewart, who passed away in Gavin’s 8th grade year. Cutty Ashley then spoke about his father, Bruce, and Robert Haik concluded the presentations with remarks about his father, Rob.
Then attendees made their way to the Student Commons for a delicious dinner that included hearty servings of steak or chicken, green beans, garlic smashed potatoes, a roll, and mouth-watering bread pudding.
Dinner was prepared on-site by young alumnus Max Gruenig ’06 and his team of talented cooks. Members of the Class of 2013 were also in attendance, giving back to their alma mater by helping serve food to guests.