The Holy Names community is heartbroken over the recent passing of HNU alumnus and Master’s candidate in HNU’s Counseling Psychology program, David Willis ‘17. David was a US Navy veteran committed to helping other veterans.
On May 28, community members came together in McLean Chapel for a celebration of his life. During the gathering, HNU student Julio Reyes played “Onward to Paradise” on guitar and Josh Hammer ‘17, MEd ‘19 read a poem written for David by Marlayna Durant '18. Attendees shared memories of him and offered peace to one another.
In closing, Sister Carol Sellman led the recitation of a prayer, “God, in Your loving providence You gave us David, who journeyed with us for three years. During his time at HNU, we all grew in wisdom, age, and grace because we knew him. David was suddenly taken from us. We grieve over the loss of one so young and we struggle to understand this tragic situation. May we find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched because of David's presence and may we always seek ways of bringing his love and values to our world. We ask this knowing that you tenderly hold David in your heart and your hands. Amen.”