2020 Alumnus of the Year Mass Instills the Importance of Jesuit Brotherhood

Posted September 23, 2020 / Last updated October 9, 2023

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John Ryan III ’70, center, poses with his Jesuit classmates from 1970.

While COVID-19 caused Alumni Homecoming to operate differently, Blue Jays still had the opportunity to gather for the Alumnus of the Year Mass on September 19, 2020, and all were excited to attend.

John Ryan III ’70, the Alumnus of the Year Award recipient, was surrounded by family, classmates, and other friends when he delivered his speech in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs. Ryan was recognized as the 63rd Alumnus of the Year and had a presentation to match.

Interim president Fr. John Brown, S.J., introduced Ryan and explained his numerous business and charitable accomplishments. Through it all, Fr. Brown highlighted that Ryan is a true family man that only brags about his children and grandchildren.

He spoke on a variety of topics from the strong traditions at Carrollton and Banks to the difficulties that he faced as a student that eventually led to his future success. Through all his humorous anecdotes, one central theme was clear: being a Blue Jay was something to be proud of.

After listing several Blue Jays that had helped him along the way, Ryan emphasized the importance of being a part of a strong Jesuit brotherhood.

“I didn’t know some of these people in school,” Ryan said. “But they all became fellow Blue Jays. Part of a group that you could call on for help and advice.”

While the usual reception in the commons could not occur, Ryan’s family and select friends got to enjoy a delicious dinner in St. Ignatius Hall, and smiles could be seen all around for this special event.

If you missed Ryan’s inspiring speech, you can watch it here or below.