Mother-Son Mass and Reception Strengthens Family Bonds

Posted November 13, 2018 / Last updated November 15, 2018

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The Mother-Son Mass and Reception featured speakers who honored their mothers in special presentations. Senior Peter James spoke about his mother, Alison; Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J., spoke about his mother, Judy; and Jacob Kieff spoke about his mother, Joan.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, hundreds of Blue Jays and their mothers 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 by seniors Jacob Kieff and Peter James and Jesuit’s chaplain Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J.

View the Video of the Address by Jacob Kieff ’19

View the Video of the Address by Peter James ’19

View the Video of the Address by Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J.

Fr. Dyer was also the celebrant for Mass and, during his homily, spoke of a joy that comes with growing into full manhood and the role of the mother in bringing out the best in their sons. 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 Mass.

At the reception, Blue Jay families enjoyed breakfast and conversation with family friends. Jesuit’s director of institutional advancement Tom Bagwill introduced the speakers and offered words of welcome to the families present.

Jesuit offers its thanks to Fr. Anthony McGinn, 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.