Saint Louis University

From the Pastor's Desk

Fr. Dan White, S.J.



November 15, 2015

There are any number of events that take place at College Church that are unique to this community. One of the most powerful and prayerful took place earlier this month.

Every November the students of the school of medicine and allied health celebrate a prayer service for the friends and family of those who have donated their bodies. The students lead the prayers, offer reflections, and provide a choir with musicians for the service. Nearly 1200 people attended on a beautiful autumn day.

Since the students and donors come from many different faith traditions, the prayer service reflects that diversity. What is shared by all is the gratitude that infuses the celebration. It is a remarkable coming together of the families whose loved ones made such a generous gift, and the students who will benefit from their goodness.

What I find especially wonderful as pastor is the fact so many people of various faiths and none at all can gather in the beauty of College Church. This openness and welcoming is the foundation of what we are about as God’s people. That they feel at home is a sign of our following Christ.

Lastly, I ask that you prayerfully consider being an organ/body donor. Future students who will minister and care for the sick will benefit from your generosity.


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