Last week I sent this note to the theatre program of DeSales for inclusion in their playbook for A Tale of Two Cities. I would also like to share it with you.
“For private colleges and universities, the funds that are received through tuitions hardly ever cover the full expense of the students’ education. This is especially true for universities like DeSales where we consciously and deliberately seek to maintain our tuition at the medium for all the private schools within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The only way to balance the books is to seek support from generous benefactors. In this regard, DeSales University has been wonderfully blessed. Since our very beginning as Allentown College, the people of the Lehigh Valley and beyond have been very generous with their time, talent, and treasure. We are a strong, vibrant, and dynamic institution. We have a clear sense of mission, a seasoned team of administrators, a dedicated faculty, bright and caring students, and modern facilities. Every day, we bow our heads in prayer that our God has provided us with “angels” who support our work, our projects, and our dreams.
Within the past few weeks, however, we have said good-bye to four “angels” whose generosity and support we have cherished for many years. While we deeply believe that their kindness to us and to others in their journey to life eternal will insure their own happiness and peace, we do miss them. And we pray for them. Please join with me in this simple prayer:
“O God, in whose presence the dead are alive and in whom your saints rejoice full of happiness, grant our supplications, that your servants for whom the fleeting light of this world shines no more, may enjoy the comfort of your light for all eternity.
May they rest in eternal peace!
Mrs. Inez Donley
Mrs. Linny Fowler
Mrs. Priscilla Payne Hurd
Mrs. Mary Jane Compardo”
— Fr. O’Connor