The memory of those from the Benedictine community who have passed on marked with the sign of faith filled the chapel of St. Andrew Abbey on Cleveland’s East Side on Nov. 4 during the annual memorial Mass for the Benedictine community. Abbot Gary Hoover, OSB a member of the 1974 graduating class of Benedictine High School, celebrated the Mass which was attended by alumni and friends who packed the chapel to remember their departed loved ones.
In his homily, Abbot Gary reflected on the readings of the day, most especially the reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, noting that the author must have had an immense experience of the resurrected Christ that led him to fully understand that Christ’s ministry is ongoing, and that Jesus is truly able to save those who approach God through him. “Christ’s resurrection changed life for the apostles and the author confirming for them that Christ was alive and that he continues to intercede for us,” and that “Our faith teaches us there is life after death,” Abbot Gary said.
After the homily, the names of 86 Benedictine High School alumni and friends who died since last November were read by Chris Lorber, BHS director of advancement.
Father Michael Brunovsky, OSB provided musical accompaniment, opening the Mass with the hymn, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”
After Mass, Frank Bossu, BHS president, thanked attendees for participating in the Mass of Remembrance and he invited them to a reception in the Abbey’s dining hall.