To the St. Lawrence Community:
Martin Luther King read widely and deeply in the literature of suffering, read philosophers and theologians, read the ancient and sacred scripture of many traditions. From all his reflection, he used to talk about the “Beloved Community.” The full text is actually the “Beloved Community of Memory and Hope.”
The world was bound in the bundle of life in an instant on the morning of September 11, 2001; for many of us, it was the nearest we may ever be to knowing Dr. King’s idea and full meaning of “the Beloved Community.” It is only such an entity if it remembers and if it dreams. Today let us long remember and never forget members of the St. Lawrence community who died that day, who once walked our campus, sat before our professors, and knew this place with their dreams and hopes. Of ever honored memory are Robert J. “Bobby” Coll ’88, Catherine Gorayeb ’82, Christopher Morrison ’89, Michel A. “Mike” Pelletier ’88 and Richard H. “Richie” Stewart Jr. ’89. A quiet and enduring memorial to these alumni graces the lawn of Richardson Hall; it was a gift of the Class of 2002.
I hope you are able to gather on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Gunnison Chapel to honor all members of the beloved Laurentian community, past and present, who share the sadness of September 11, 2001. Those of you who were on campus 10 years ago will, of course, remember the way Laurentians supported each other that day, in the same sacred place. I hope you will find comfort again, with friends and colleagues, at this anniversary.