By Mac Murzyn ‘24
On Nov. 20, Mr. Dolan took members of the Brother Rice Advocacy Club to Mount Olivet Cemetery. Members went to show gratitude and condolences towards the remains of the indigent people.
It was rainy and cold, but that did not stop people from showing up. There were more than 100 people in attendance. Members of the Advocacy Club helped bring out caskets and lower them into graves.
Many members of the club shared their thoughts on the ceremony.
Junior Conner Stack said, “It was a nice ceremony for those who are “forgotten” in the eyes of society. Standing next to the coffins and being able to put these people to rest was not only very special, but allowed me to realize that many people are forgotten.”
The ceremony was very moving. Many hugs were shared and tears were shed.
Senior Angel Santoyo said, “It was definitely a new experience for me seeing all these “forgotten” souls being laid to rest in peace. I feel honored to be their last human touch before their journey into the afterlife.”
That day, 207 persons were buried, and 47 of them were unborn.
Advocacy Club director Mr. Dolan said, “It is a corporal work of mercy to bury the dead. A large reason why I go is because it is an amazing experience to be the last touch to someone who may have not been touched when they were alive. We celebrate the dignity of the individual by giving dignity to the individuals who we thought were poor.”