Seniors Receive Symbol of Jesuit at Ring Mass

Posted September 13, 2015 / Last updated September 21, 2015

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Seniors show off their rings after the 2015 Ring Mass.

Seniors show off their rings after the 2015 Ring Mass.

The Class of 2016 celebrated its Ring Mass on Saturday, Sept. 12 in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs. Fr. John Brown, S.J., was the main celebrant of the Mass. He was assisted by co-celebrants Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J., ’66, Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J., Fr. Billy Huete, S.J., Fr. Norman O’Neal, S.J., and Fr. Donald Saunders, S.J.

Five seniors assisted in the Mass. Evan Dudenhefer handled the first reading and the responsorial psalm, Mark Piglia then delivered the second reading, and Jacob Buuck read the prayers of the faithful. The offertory was presented by Trevor Roussel and Guy Patron.

While most of the 273 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, for a sea of iPhones. Seniors then broke into smaller groups for more photos before disbursing to prepare for the Ring Dance. They report back to school on Tuesday, following Monday’s senior ring holiday.