Perry Russom of NBC10 Boston was on hand to capture the emotions of BC High students as they laid Ezequiel Mendez to rest last Wednesday. Mendez is one of many served by St. Anthony’s Shrine in Boston, which covers the cost of funeral and burial expenses for those who struggled with poverty and homelessness in life. Young men from BC High serve as pallbearers and mourners at these services, honoring the lives of people they never knew. For Lucca Possamai ’19 the ministry is about human connection and the dignity of life even after death, "I want to make sure that Ezekial is remembered. That his legacy doesn't die and that he wasn't abandoned during his funeral. It's another human being.
These “Men for Others” learn through the Lazarus Project that in serving others we are served. In celebrating the lives of these forgotten brothers and sisters we draw closer to the radical kinship God wants for us. Felipe Santos ’19, on his third Lazarus Funeral, summed up the transformative effect, "Through this, I've learned that service is my passion. When I leave BC High, I want to go somewhere I can do the same and continue doing that for a career, or maybe the rest of my life."
For NBC10’s full coverage including video please visit: https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Lazarus-Funeral-Boston-College-High-School-Students-Honor-Homeless-Man-as-He-Is-Laid-to-Rest-494443041.html