On Sunday, May 15, senior Ramblers and their parents or guardians gathered in Loyola Academy's East Gym to celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass, held each spring to honor the graduating class.
Enjoy the full 2022 Baccalaureate Mass here
After celebrating the Eucharist and in keeping with tradition, the Rebarchak Award winner was invited to address the graduating class. 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.
During her address, Meghan Oeste
, the 2022 Michael Rebarchak '79 Memorial Award recipient, spoke these words: “Well, Class of 2022, we have been handed A LOT. And we’ve faced it together…Across all types of activities, we’ve adapted and made the spirit of after school Loyola keep buzzing. Every Rambler has something they’ve put their all into, whether that be sports, cultural organizations, academic competitions, or the one closest to my heart, the arts. … I’m standing up here because I was recognized as a leader in this class. Now I take this opportunity to recognize all of you … I’m very proud of us, and it’s only the beginning.”
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."
A special thank you to the following students and faculty/staff whose participation helped to make this a beautiful celebration: Hannah Beil '24, Casey Lyons '22, Ellie McCain '23, Claire McManamy '23, Chloe Molins '23, Sara Morales '22, Megan Racine '23 (choir), Liam Zidar '22 (call to worship), Ashley Sanchez '22 (first reading), Tommy Whelan '22 (second reading), Kendal Beil '22, Shannon Jorash '22 (general intercessions), Jane Calk '22, Ante Uremovic '22, Carson Pike '22, Claire Hoepfner '22, Matt Hjorth '22, Ciara Hand '22, John Phillips '22, Meghan Twohig '22, Liam McManus '22, Niko Douvalakis '22 (Eucharistic Ministers), Luke Hughes '23 (sacristan), Rev. Greg Ostdiek, SJ, Rev. Stan Czarnecki, SJ (concelebrants), Mrs. Montserrat Arjona-Sisto, Mr. Brandon Ceplecha, Mr. Tom Cramer, Ms. Joan Dowdle, Mrs. Fran Gombac, Mr. Mike Gombac, Mr. Charlie Heintz, Mrs. Terri Jackson, Mr. Marty Jennings, Mrs. Rhian Jeong, Ms. Melissa Krein, Mrs. Susie McGovern, Mrs. Debra Semple, Mr. Dennis Stonequist, Mrs. Rosanna Suh and Mrs. Colleen Whelan (conferring Ignatian Medals).
Congratulations to the senior class and our 2022 award recipients!