President's Letter Regarding Death of Faculty Member John Dennis

Dear Members of the Saint Mary's Community,

With great sadness I share with you the news that long time faculty member and former Director of the High Potential Program John Dennis was victim of a homicide this past Saturday. Over the coming days we will all struggle to come to terms with this senseless act, confront the loss of John to our community, and for those who knew John, deal with the personal grief of his absence. Mission and Ministry will hold a prayer service in remembrance of John today in the chapel at 11:30 a.m. The Chapel will remain available throughout the day for people to gather and remember John. Counseling Center staff members are also available to help our community during this period of mourning.

In the days ahead I will share information about a memorial service in which all can gather to celebrate John's life and many contributions to Saint Mary's. One of the great blessings of the Catholic tradition is its promise of the resurrection. Even at this hour of great pain, let us remember that we all - John included - are in God's holy presence and let us pray for the life to come.

In St. LaSalle,
Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC