Virginia Tech Alumnus, Bishop to Lead Service
Episcopal Bishop of California Marc Handley Andrus
Photo courtesy Episcopal
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
April 17, 2007
Episcopal Bishop of California Marc Handley Andrus, a graduate
of Virginia Tech, will lead a service at San Francisco's Grace
Cathedral on Tuesday dedicated to those who perished during the
mass shooting at the college.
The public is welcome to attend the 12:10 p.m. sermon and special
holy Eucharist. The event is a chance to express solidarity with
those who are mourning, said Andrus.
"Everyone stands in complete solidarity for those who have
lost so much there and at the same time, it awakens our compassion
for people who are living with loss around the world," said
the bishop, who is based in San Francisco and serves the Bay Area
Andrews earned his master's degree in urban and regional planning
from the university in 1982. His wife holds a doctorate degree
from Virginia Tech.
Monday's shooting, in which 23-year-old student Cho Seung-Hui
killed 32 people before fatally shooting himself, stunned Andrus.
He has been in touch with the campus ministry where he once worked
and has offered them any help they need, he said today.
Andrus said the university and neighboring community enjoys a
supportive culture that will serve them well as they weather the
"I'm confident every campus ministry and organization and
fraternity and sorority is reaching out to everyone there and
everyone outside their circles," he said.
At least one local university is also holding services to remember
the dead in Virginia.
At Stanford University on Wednesday, Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neuman,
senior associate dean for religious life and Rev. William L. "Scotty"
McLennan Jr., dean for religious life, will lead a 4:30 p.m. service
in the campus' Memorial Church.
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