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Hundreds of Sons of Xavier flocked home to 16th Street for Xavier’s most festive night of the year––the annual Beefsteak Dinner.
Alumni of all ages flooded Xavier’s main gym and cafeteria last Friday, January 13, to enjoy each other's company, reconnect with fellow brothers and friends, and feast on unlimited beef libations.
“We had close to 700 alumni return to Xavier for the Beefsteak Dinner this year,” said Director of Alumni Relations Zane Massey ’96 P’22. “It was great to see familiar faces and new faces this year. Many connections were made and I’m so glad we were able to get back to experiencing fellowship and building bridges together.”
Alumni in attendance represented the Classes of 1960 through 2019.
“It was great seeing Xavier friends and coaches during the Beefsteak Dinner because it brought back fond memories and allowed me to hear about what’s been going on in their lives,” said Teddy Boating ’15. “Being reunited with people who have played an important role in my past was a wonderful feeling, and it was great to see how much we've all grown and changed since our high school days. Overall, it was a fantastic experience that I will always cherish.”
The evening opened with a Mass celebrated by Jim Hederman, S.J. in memory of deceased alumni. Dozens of Sons of Xavier filled the Student Chapel for liturgy—a beloved tradition that precedes every Beefsteak Dinner.
“Mass in the intimate Student Chapel is the perfect start to the evening,” said Robert Persichette ’64. “The Class of 1964 is always well-represented, and the camaraderie and banter take us back to that special time on 16th Street. Finally, it’s a time that you can feast on beef and shrug off any guilt. A great night all-around.”
After Mass, alumni flooded through Xavier’s 16th Street doors, reconnecting, and enjoying the company of one another and the familiarity of their alma mater.
“Beefsteak is casual and fun, said Kevin McLaughlin ’74. “It’s not Reunion-year focused, so not only do you catch up with your classmates, you get to see and experience the depth and breadth of Xavier. You meet and see alumni from all years, younger and older, and you reconnect with faculty and administrators. SOX Nation, if you will.”
All-in-all, the night was a fantastic way to kick off alumni events in 2023—with Sons of Xavier of varying years and backgrounds gathering to pray, share memories, and enjoy fellowship with their brothers.
“‘Sons of Xavier, keep marching ... we'll fight for you!’ … I think these words exemplify how Xavier has overcome the pandemic and shown its resilience,” reflected Dr. Franklin N. Caesar ’72 P’00. “We had a robust number of Sons as well as current and former faculty and administration at this year’s Beefsteak Dinner!”