Dear Members of the Saint Mary's Community,
Early this morning longtime Sodexho employee Martha Celestine passed away in Oliver Hall, apparently the victim of a heart attack. Members of the Campus Ministry staff and Brothers community have joined with our colleagues in the food service community to provide prayer and comfort. Martha's husband, Clarence, also works at Sodexho.
Before a meal we often pray in thanksgiving for the people, for the hands that make our food. Martha's passing provides us all with an opportunity to remember in a special way the hard working individuals that nourish us. This afternoon at 2:00 pm Campus Ministry will hold as prayer service for Martha and her family. Please join with members of Martha's family and colleagues in the Chapel to remember Martha and to pray together.
In the past weeks our community has been painfully reminded of the fleeting quality of this life. Let us remember that we all - Martha included - are in God's holy presence and let us pray for the life to come.
In St. La Salle,
Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC