Article by Phoenix writer Sophia Barnjak ’24:
Recently, Kellenberg hosted its annual Communion Breakfasts with over 500 people in attendance. The first one, held on March 19, was for the Latin School and Freshman students, while the breakfast for the upperclassmen followed the week after on March 26.
Students initially gathered in the auditorium to attend Mass. Afterwards, they were welcomed to a buffet-style breakfast in the cafeteria. While attendees ate, a guest speaker spoke about their personal experiences with the faith at each of the events.
At the Latin School breakfast, Kellenberg faculty member Mr. White gave a speech about his journey with his daughter, Addison, who was born with a brain deficit and had a slim chance to live. Addison is now two years old, and she inspired the creation of Addy’s Army, a charity organization that provides for families experiencing difficulties with children in the hospital.
For the upperclassmen breakfast, Carol Ruchalski spoke about her daughter, who was diagnosed with cancer at a young age. She shared about her struggle with her faith and her struggle in trusting God.
Both of these speakers’ hardships have brought many people together in faith and community.
Mr. Cioffi, a Kellenberg faculty member, said, “It was amazing to be back together after the pandemic and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast. It was also lovely to listen to the story told by Carol Ruchalski.”
Jack Collins ‘23, shared “I loved seeing families from all of the different grades come together to celebrate mass and eat together as a family.”
This event was a great opportunity for the families of students and teachers to socialize and reflect on their faith during this Lenten season.