More than 70 fathers and sons reconnected at the Alumni Father-Son Mass on Friday. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joe Bradley '73, who spoke about what it means to be a Padre brother.
"This is the first alumni event of the school year," noted Alumni Director Bob Greene '85. "This year, 10 percent of our current Padres have alumni fathers. We have such a rich brotherhood. Our alumni pass down the Serra traditions from generation to generation. I'd especially like to thank Fr. Joe for being here today."
In attendance this year were two special grandpas–Dave Peruzzaro '63, the father of Dave Peruzzaro '90 and the grandfather of Tyler Peruzzaro '22; and Jim Shypertt '53, the father of Greg Shypertt '82 and the grandfather of Andreas Shypertt '23.
The fathers of seniors were presented with picture frames and photos to remember the last father-son Mass of their four-year journeys. Jason Wang '20 spoke about his dad, Rex Wang '81, whom he described selfless, kind and caring.
"My dad is always willing to convey his love for me," he added. "He has shaped me into the person I am today."
Rob Rush '86 and his son, Andrew '20, particularly enjoyed catching up with Pat Barrett '86 and his son, Tommy '20.
"It was nostalgic for me to spend this morning with Andrew," Rob added. "He has lived up to all of my expectations as a student, son and Padre."
"It has been an awesome experience going through this whole process with my dad," Andrew said. "I really appreciate his guidance. My dad is an all-around, awesome guy!"