DeSales Holds Memorial Procession for Virginia Tech Victims, Mon., April 23; Other Observances Include Special Masses, Book of Prayers and Fund Raisers
In light of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia, the students of DeSales University will be holding a memorial prayer service for the victims at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 23. The service will be held at the Marian Shrine Statue and then process down to Wills Hall for mass at 5:00 p.m. DeSales' Student Government Association, (SGA), and Campus Ministry will be hosting the service. The service will happen if it rains or shines and is open to the public.
In the days immediately following the tragedy and continuing through the prayer service, Campus Ministry started a "book of thoughts and prayers" for students to pay their written respects to the Virginia Tech community. SGA will be handing out orange and maroon ribbon pins that will be available for the entire community free of charge. Both organizations will also be asking for donations for the Virginia Tech Family Fund for families of the victims.
In addition to the memorial service and the book of prayers, other activities at DeSales in observance of the Virginia Tech tragedy include special masses and the sale of Virginia Tech T-shirts in the Campus Bookstore beginning next week. Proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will go to the Virginia Tech Family Fund.
"As a fellow college campus I believe it is only natural to want to send our prayers and respect to Virigina Tech," said Alissa DeVito, '07 from Belleville, NJ. "Everyone knows someone - a friend, collegue, or family member - that has been effected. I only hope that their campus community knows our sincerest love, thoughts, and prayers are with them during this terrible situation."
Community is the main focus on Monday's service. The entire DeSales faculty, staff, administration and students are all invited to attend. To show their unity, they are asked to wear either DeSales or Virginia Tech clothing and the ribbons. In bonding the DeSales campus community together, they hope to strengthen their support for Virginia Tech during this difficult time.
"I think that this is a great way to show our support for Virginia Tech," said Mike Fortuna, '10 from Boothwyn, Pa. "We really want to show them that even though they are miles away, were still all one community, college students."
For more information about the service, please contact Magdalene Riggins, assistant director of campus ministry at DeSales, at 610-282-1100 ext. 1313.
Press Release: DeSales Holds Memorial Procession for Virginia Tech Victims, Mon., April 23; Other Observances Include Special Masses, Book of Prayers and Fund Raisers | Posted on: 4/20/2007
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu