St. Sebastian's Virtual Alumni Reception on October 29 served as an opportunity to showcase the lifelong brotherhood that exists throughout the ranks of our Arrows alumni. The event, held on Zoom instead of its usual Ward Hall location, included Alumni Service Awards and a conversation with NHL stars Brian Boyle ’03 and Noah Hanifin ’15. The invitation to tune in was extended to the entire school community, with current and past parents joining alumni for the special evening.
To view the full Alumni Reception, watch here.
The program began with an opening blessing by Father John Arens and welcoming remarks by Alumni Association President, Charles Haley ’92. Headmaster Bill Burke then awarded the first Recent Alumni Service Award to George O’Toole ’05. George’s exemplary service to the Class of 2005 and to St. Sebastian’s was recognized as an example for all in living the St. Sebastian’s motto: Love God, work hard, and take good care of one another. George offered an outstanding speech on love, resiliency, and surrounding yourself with the best people. Headmaster Burke then awarded the Alumni Service Award to Jack Sullivan ’66 for his lifelong, faithful devotion to St. Sebastian’s. Jack was accurately called a “leader’s leader” as the oldest of nine children and the captain of the St. Sebastian’s hockey team as well as Boston College. Jack took the opportunity to honor his teacher, coach, and best man in his wedding, Henry T. Lane with many kind words. Jack truly exemplifies the enduring truth; Once in, never out, Arrows forever.
Following the presentation of awards, Headmaster Burke led a lively conversation with NHL stars Brian Boyle ’03 and Noah Hanifin ’15. Both players shared memories of their time at St. Sebastian’s as well as highlights from their professional careers. While they were not teammates at St. Sebastian’s or Boston College, Brian and Noah did share the ice at the 2018 All Star Game. Two Arrows on one of hockey’s biggest stages.