I was going to dedicate this entry to talking about how well the first two weeks of Trinity term have been. However, I found out some tragic news last night from Holy Cross. Kim McElaney, who was a chaplain at Holy Cross, passed away yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer. Kim was the director of the MAGIS program at Holy Cross, of which I am a member. Although I only got to know Kim last year, she was always incredibly supportive of my plans for Holy Cross and beyond. She was an extremely talented and dedicated woman, and Holy Cross (and the students there) was her life. She embodied so many of the Jesuit ideals that Holy Cross has instilled in all of us – her desire to give everything for those around her, her immense adherence to the Catholic faith, and, of course, her commitment to always asking (and attempting to answer), “What more can I do for Christ?”
I’m quite sad that I won’t be able to participate with my fellow Crusaders as the campus begins to celebrate all that this wonderful woman achieved in her life. She truly was an inspiration for all of us Holy Cross students (she herself survived four years of intensive Jesuit education on the Hill!), and her vibrancy, faith, and determination will be missed by all of us.