Several hundred members of the Prep community gathered Saturday for a memorial Mass in O'Keefe Commons, celebrating the legacy of B.J. Giannone, '11 as the anniversary of his passing approached. More photos.
Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the sudden passing of B.J. Giannone, '11, a moment that has profoundly shaped the Class of 2011 and the Prep community as a whole in the course of the past year. Students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends gathered Saturday to celebrate B.J.'s memory at a special Mass hosted by the Alumni Spirituality Committee, with similar opportunities made available to students on Tuesday.
Saturday's Mass included musical tributes by Prep Vox and Chris Manley, '12 (whose small group on Emmaus 253 was led by B.J. Giannone last year), as well as reflections by B.J.'s mother, Maureen Giannone, P'11 and uncle, John Giannone. It was not so much an occasion for mourning as for celebrating the legacy of an outstanding young Prep man, whose words and deeds live on through his classmates, through the school community as a whole, and through the many hearts he touched along his short but meaningful journey in life.
Following the Saturday Mass, participants had the opportunity to gather for refreshments as they remembered B.J. and his legacy – and to visit the B.J. Giannone Media Center, created to honor B.J.'s ambition to follow in his uncle's footsteps in the field of sports journalism.