“This was a difficult decision, as we had hoped to bring our community back together in person after April 14,” the letter said. “However, it has become clear that, despite our plans and hopes, returning after April 14 is no longer possible.”
The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph. Burial of the cremated remains will be in the monastery cemetery. Visitation will be the Sacred Heart Chapel Gathering Place beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday. A prayer service will also be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in the chapel.
The largest component of the campaign is focused on growing the college’s endowment to provide perpetual scholarship support for students in order to improve access to higher education for low-income and first-generation students.
“We’re not going to change the minds of the haters,” Read said, “but I see this as a way to reassure people who are potentially targeted or discriminated against that there are people in the community who are on their side. We may not be as vocal or as obvious as some of the ugly things they’ve seen, but we are here.”