Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

President Garanzini invites community to special mass for NIU

February 15, 2008

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,


The tragedy that has hit the campus of Northern Illinois University yesterday is close to home. Many of the students who died in the incident were residents of the Chicago suburbs. They, like our students at Loyola, expected that February 14, 2008 would be like any other day on a university campus.

Unfortunately, it was not.

All of us join with the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of NIU in prayer this day--prayer for the victims and their families; prayer for the healing of the campus community and; prayer for the gunman and his family.

Today at noon, Father Paul Mueller, S.J. will celebrate the noon Mass in the Madonna della Strada Chapel. As we celebrate the Eucharist, we remember those who died, the wounded, their families and friends. We ask God to heal them and give comfort. I encourage you to join with us in prayer during this difficult time.

At 7:00 p.m. tonight in Madonna della Strada Chapel, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. and J. Peter Sartain - Bishop of Joliet will be here to celebrate Eucharist for students of the Catholic colleges and universities throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Joliet. They will offer prayers for the Northern Illinois students and all who mourn.

Finally, yesterday's tragedy reminds us of the importance of timely communications in the event of an emergency. Please take some time now to sign up for the University's new campus alert system, Loyola Alert. The system is designed for rapid dissemination of information to your cell phone via text, voice and e-mail should it ever be needed on any of Loyola's campuses. It is only used for critical emergencies and registration takes just a minute. Please visit LUC.edu/alert

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.