Fr. Tom, 12-11-16

Dear Loyola Parishioners and Visitors,
The December 2016 issue of 5280 Magazine features an article about Mary Kuanen Malual and her family whoare members of Loyola parish.  Bang and Malual attended Loyola Grade School, and now attend Blessed Sacrament School where Mary works.  In brief, in the early morning hours of December 26, 2011, Youn Malual—Mary’s husband and the father of their 5 children—was shot to death in a case of mistaken identity in the parking lot just outside their apartment as he returned home from work.

I remember going to Mary’s apartment in the morning, the parking lot and apartment complex still an active crime scene with TV reporters gathering to get the “Breaking News” story.  I entered an apartment and a world foreign to me.  It was filled with men, women and children wailing, not crying, wailing from the depths of their being.  I knew this was a community familiar with suffering, violent deaths and murder of loved ones, and wailing grief.  I remember Loyola packed for the funeral Mass.  I remember. As parishioners of Loyola parish, let us read her story both to know one of our own better, but to better raise our awareness of the South Sudanese immigrant/refugees that are so much a part of our 10:00 AM Sunday liturgies.

Separately, Blessed Sacrament Parishioners Dave and Sarah Pilarowski have established a Go Fund Me site:  to help build up a reserve to aid Mary’s children to attend college.  Please consider contributing to this fund.  I verified with Fr. Chris Hellstrom, pastor of Blessed Sacrament parish, that they are known to him, he was aware of their effort, and that they were well-intentioned.
Fr. Tom