On Saturday, May 14, senior Ramblers and their parents or guardians gathered in Loyola Academy's East Gym to celebrate Baccalaureate Mass, held each spring to honor the graduating class.
Enjoy the full 2023 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 his address, Noah Tekhle
, the 2023 Michael Rebarchak '79 Memorial Award recipient, spoke these words: "We all have a lot of gifts and we should choose to share them. Class of 2023, I hope that you have found your gifts and that you want those gifts to be shared with others to make the world a better place. As we move onto the next step, let's all step out of our comfort zones and say yes to an invitation and let's invite someone to come along with us."
Before the liturgy concluded, Fr. Ostdiek 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: Hope Donnelly '23, Valentina Iusco '23, Merryn Madison '23, Ellie McCain '23, Julia McKenna '23, Claire McManamy '23, Nora McNabb '23, Noah Tekhle '23 (choir); Hope Donnelly '23 (call to worship); Abby Daniel '23 (first reading); Emma Rempe '23 (second reading); Hailey Guzman '23 (general intercessions); Grace Concannon '23, Kate Ginn '23, Michaela Heintz '23, Ben Howland '23, Luke Huges '23, Lizie Maher '23, Ryan McKinney '23, Kelly Morgan '23, Christian Slowinski '23, Fiona Snyders '23 (Eucharistic Ministers); John McGuire '23 (cross bearer); Will Gardy '23 (book bearer); John McCormick '23, Joey Vehovsky '23 (gift bearers); Rev. Gregory J. Ostdiek, SJ, Rev. Stan Czarnecki, SJ, Rev. Dave Godleski, SJ, Rev. Charles Rodrigues, SJ (concelebrants); Mrs. Correy Braasch, Mr. Alex DeWitt, Ms. Joan Dowdle, Mr. Brian Dugan, Mrs. Fran Gombac, Mr. Mike Gombac, Mr. Charlie Heintz, Mr. Nick Herrero, Mrs. Rhian Jeong, Ms. Melissa Krein, Mr. Mark McGuire, Mr. Peter McNulty, Mr. Kevin Mistrik, Mrs. Jennifer Snyder, Mrs. Colleen Whelan (conferring Ignatian Medals).
Congratulations to the senior class and our 2023 award recipients!