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“Remind each other—we who belong to this Trinity community—to care deeply for one another. And recognize that we have fellow citizens beyond our community who are in desperate need of our prayers during a long journey of loss and grief,” wrote Ginny Carpenter, vice president of student development and dean of students.

These words were written to Trinity students after the unbelievable and tragic events at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. In memory of the 33 people who died, more than 150 Trinity students gathered the next night to offer prayers, poetry and song at a Candlelight Vigil.

“While there are many, many responses to such brokenness and evil in our world, please let our response be one that calls for the Holy Spirit to guide, the Father’s mercy to forgive and heal, and Jesus’ love to comfort,” said Carpenter.

President Steven Timmermans attended the vigil and was moved by the incredible outpouring of prayers from those congregated in the courtyard.

“Standing among the students Tuesday night, I was struck with how our students connected spiritually and emotionally with the Virginia Tech campus. Prayer after prayer was offered, and later I reflected on the cumulative breadth of our students' concern and on how the Holy Spirit was at work.

“I was thankful that in a time of tremendous tragedy, our students turned to the Lord--to seek God's strength, to ask the Holy Spirit to comfort those who are grieving and also the family of the gunman, and to ask God that this situation might bring the confused and wandering to Him,” Timmermans said. 

In Carpenter’s letter to students, she reminds them of the availability of Trinity’s counseling resources and assures them of the College’s safety and security procedures. [Click here to read the letter in its entirety.]

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