More than 200 Mount Aloysius faculty, staff, and students attended todays prayer service. As each victim's name was read by Sr. Helen Marie Burns, Vice President for Mission Integration, a Mount Aloysius student lit a candle in honor of each victim.
Following the reading of the names, the lighting of the candles, and the bell tower ringing for each person, President, Sr. Mary Ann Dillon addressed the College community. Her comments centered on the loss of life that everyone has seen since the beginning of the academic year. In the fall, there was the tragedy at Nickel Mines and now, in the spring, the tragedy at Virginia Tech.
The most poignant moment of the prayer service was when Mount Aloysius students addressed the crowd. One spoke about how we can just hug someone when we see that they need it. Another spoke about trying to reach his friends that attend Virginia Tech and how this has personally affected him. Another spoke about how this could happen anywhere.
The prayer service concluded with all in attendance coming together in song and prayer.#getPhotoGalleryFolderDetail('/about_mac/mission_heritage/lived_experience/vt_prayerservice')