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Benedictine College Offers Prayers and Support Following Death of Student

Grotto at Benedictine CollegeBenedictine College in Atchison, Kan., is mourning the loss of a student following a tragic accident earlier this week.  A college press release reported that freshman Rebecca "Becca" Lueke died on Dec. 9, 2013, when her car skidded on ice and was struck by another vehicle traveling on the highway.

The college and various campus groups are sponsoring several Masses and support opportunities for the Benedictine community.

Benedictine reports:

The Student Counseling Center and the monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey were immediately active on Monday within St. Scholastica Hall, where Becca had lived, offering spiritual and emotional support.  An all-school Mass on Monday night at 10:00 p.m. was offered for her and a Mass card was sent to her family by the Office for Mission & Ministry.  The Mass gave students a chance to grieve together in community.

Becca’s portrait was placed on the Divine Mercy Altar at the back of St. Martin’s Chapel and it will remain there for 33 days, representing the number of years Christ lived on Earth.  A red candle in her name will also burn in Mary’s Grotto for 33 days.

On Tuesday night, the Varsity Catholic organization on campus will hold a Holy Hour for Becca and will offer support for the athletic community at the college.  Benedictine College Mission and Ministry and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) will also sponsor a Healing Mass on Tuesday night.

The Cardinal Newman Society joins Benedictine College in praying for the repose of the soul of Rebecca Lueke and for the consolation of her friends and family.

Benedictine College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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