Bona's Memorializes Adam Dreismeier With Candlelight Vigil

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Amanda Monaco, the director of the San Damiano Heart for Pastoral and Liturgical Ministries, appeared out over the group and with a tragic smile, remarked that the variety of individuals gathered for the vigil was better than the variety of candles she had introduced.

At 8:30 p.m., greater than 100 members of the group gathered to honor the lifetime of Adam Dreismeier, a graduate pupil in St. Bonaventure College’s nursing program, who died by suicide on Wednesday morning.

The candlelight vigil was held outdoors of Francis Corridor, the place the Dennis R. DePerro College of Well being Professions is housed.

The car parking zone throughout from Francis, which might usually be empty on a Thursday night, was full of vehicles. The air was heat and quiet as college students, college, members of campus ministries and anybody else who needed to take time to honor Dreismeier’s life within the presence of others stuffed the empty lot in entrance of the constructing.

Candles had been lit, and the group stood solemnly as remarks had been made.

After an introduction by Monaco, there was a gap prayer adopted by remarks from College President Jeff Gingerich.

“Like lots of you I’ve been making an attempt to make sense of what occurred to Adam,” Gingerich mentioned. “We do not have all of the solutions, however what can we do? We will keep in mind Adam.”

Gingerich referenced a Quaker expression: “We will maintain him within the gentle. By holding him within the gentle, we’re holding him within the gentle of God and the sunshine of one another.”

And he added, “That’s the reason it is so becoming that we do that candle-lighting ceremony and maintain him within the gentle in that approach. ”

Gingerich additionally talked about that Dreismeier had spent the Friday and Monday earlier than he died volunteering on the Warming Home after he came upon that additional volunteers had been wanted whereas college students had been away from campus on Easter break.

“We will keep in mind these sorts of contributions that Adam dropped at this world,” Gingerich mentioned.

After Gingerich’s remarks, Dr. Douglas Pisano, dean of the varsity of well being professions, learn John 14:1-3 from the Bible: “Let not your coronary heart agonize; you think about God, have religion additionally in me. In my Father’s home, there are various dwelling locations; if there weren’t I’d not have informed you that I’m going to organize a spot for you. And if I’m going and put together a spot for you, I’ll come again once more and take you myself. In order that the place I’m you additionally could also be.”

Brother Kevin Kriso, OFM, learn from the ultimate chapter of A. A. Milne’s “The Home at Pooh Nook,” and the Rev. Dan Riley, OFM, addressed the group.

After the “The Prayer of St. Francis,” the vigil ended with a closing blessing, and everybody was inspired to remain and share tales of Dreismeier. These gathered blew out their candles, and within the darkness some individuals shared tearful hugs whereas others whispered softly to one another, hesitant to interrupt by the quiet.

Members of the St. Bonaventure group who’re battling Dreismeier’s dying can name 716-375-2310; request a counselor by the affected person portal, or go to the Heart for Pupil Wellbeing in Doyle Corridor from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday by Friday.

Individuals in want of fast assist can name or textual content 988 or go to to succeed in the Suicide & Disaster Lifeline.

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