Senior Families Gather for 2019 Baccalaureate Mass
On Sunday, May 19, senior Ramblers and their families gathered to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass, held each spring to honor the graduating class. In his Homily, Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, encouraged the Class of 2019 to "remember that all moments are key moments and that life itself is grace."
During her address, Courtney Carreira '19, the 2019 Michael Rebarchak '79 Memorial Award recipient, spoke these words: “The idea of men and women for others is that we must use our time, talents, and abilities to be of service to others in every facet of our lives.”
The Rebarchak Award is presented annually to a senior student who has modeled service to the school community. This award honors the memory of Michael Rebarchak, an outstanding member of the Class of 1979, and it recognizes the substantive yet unheralded contribution made to Loyola by a senior student who quietly makes things happen through his or her involvement in and around the school.
Before the liturgy concluded, Fr. McGrath blessed the St. Ignatius medals that are distributed to each year's graduating class—a cherished Loyola tradition: "Gracious God, your saints and holy ones perpetually give you glory...may this holy image of St. Ignatius Loyola be for all who wear it a source of your rich blessings and a gateway to your loving presence."