Parents of the Class of 2023 gathered on the evening of Sunday, June 4, to celebrate their sons and kick off graduation week with the Senior Parent Dinner. Due to inclement weather, both the reception and dinner were held in Ward Hall. At the conclusion of the cocktail hour, the 2023 Senior Class Gift dedication plaque for the Stations of the Cross Pathway was formally blessed. As a surprise to Father Arens, a second plaque honoring his dedication to the community and this project was revealed and blessed. Both plaques will be placed at the entrance to the Stations of the Cross behind the Oratory.
This tight knit group of parents reveled in each other’s company while enjoying a delicious dinner. Bill and Patty Burke welcomed everyone and shared advice on savoring each moment of the coming week. Headmaster Burke recognized the Class of 2023’s distinction of having the largest number of alumni dads (8) as well as alumni grandfathers (5). He then thanked the Senior Class Gift Committee and concluded by sharing a moving poem written by Cecil Day-Lewis. The evening was capped off when parents collected a specially framed photograph of their son and a commemorative Class of 2023 St. Sebastian’s hat.