In the last week of June, Jesuit’s largest 50th Reunion in school history took place, with nearly 60% of the class in attendance. Members of the class gathered at the house of Michael Shebay '69 for the sharing of fond memories and fraternity. Attendees came from as far away as Austin, Colorado, Florida, and California.
Teachers of the class John Hosty and Fr. John Payne, S.J. who taught the class Latin, were also in attendance. A memorable moment of the night was when Fr. Payne spoke, top student Neal Sarahan, now a PhD, complained about a 46 he got on a Latin test Freshman year from then Mr. Payne, and produced the test as evidence! Other members of the class then interrupted, and all said the grades they received were worse yet. Fr. Payne confirmed that the class average on that test was a 25, and there would be no chance for a make-up.
Fr. Payne, who now works at the Jesuit retreat center in Grand Coteau, said a few words about how thankful he was to have encountered the reunion attendees, and even if they hadn't seen each other in 50 years, they have been, are, and continue to be, a formative part of his life, and together he and those present can use their lives to serve out Christ's mission: by standing with the poor, protecting the environment, offering spiritual guidance, and continuing the educate the young.
Current Strake Jesuit president Fr. Jeff Johnson, S.J. gave an update on the school during the event and spoke about how so much has changed, yet how the environment of high-caliber students working with caring faculty have stayed the same over the last 50 years.
Not only was the attendance for this 50th Reunion event a record for the school, but about 50% of the class participated in this year's annual fund, raising $33,000 to support the current students of Strake Jesuit, and in honor of their 9 deceased classmates. This near 50% participation percentage is far and away the highest percentage of any class this year, and one of the highest participation percentages for the school ever.
The Class already has plans in place to have a quarterly lunch in order to meet up and reconnect with members of the class to keep the party going.
As a reminder, Reunion Weekend for the classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 will be on October 19. Registrations are open now at: https://www.strakejesuit.org/alumni/resources/reunion-weekend
Other information on this year’s event can be found at the event website: https://www.strakejesuit.org/alumni/resources/50th-reunion