Tragic news about Loyola student Jimi Patrick
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, sent the following message to Loyola students and employees on July 14, 2017:
Dear Members of the Loyola community:
We have now received the official announcement of the death of Jimi Patrick, Class of 2020. You are probably reeling, as am I, with the news of the loss of a valued member of our community, particularly through such horrific violence.
As a community, we are understandably sad, angry, and confused. We will grieve, support one another, and continue to surround Jimi’s loved ones in comfort and prayer. We will also find ways to celebrate Jimi’s life and memory. In the coming days, we will gather on campus, and we will plan a memorial Mass for the fall when students return.
As we are all deeply affected by news, I encourage you to take care of yourself. Reach out to those you know in the Loyola community, and turn to your friends and family at home. Try to take some space from the news coverage. Please do not hesitate to contact the employees in the Counseling Center, Campus Ministry, or the student life office, all of whom are prepared to help you. If you need assistance outside regular business hours, please call the department of public safety at 410-617-5911, and they will connect you with someone who can help.
At a time of such grief, let’s seek strength in the comfort and compassion we can offer to one another. As St. Francis of Assisi said, “All the darkness in the world can’t extinguish the light of a single candle.”
Please join me in ongoing prayers for Jimi, his family, and all those affected by these events. You are each in my prayers, as well.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.