After last Thursday night’s Mass, the Nashotah House family processed to the campus cemetery where founding fathers like James Lloyd Breck and Jackson Kemper are buried. This time, we were not making a pilgrimage to remember those missionaries of the 19th century western frontier, but to honor a great friend and brother, Deacon Terry Star. Yesterday marked 6 months since the beloved Terry’s passing into the arms of his Lord. With memories of Terry’s perpetual smile and gentle demeanor still fresh in mind, we gathered together around his memorial stone, prayed for the repose of his soul, chuckled over fond memories, and shed tears of sorrow over the early loss of one so loved by his Nashotah House family. Academic Dean Fr. Steven Peay, and campus chaplain, Fr. Brien Koehler led a brief ceremony, blessing and censing the memorial stone, sending up billows of incense smoke along with the prayers of the community. Those gathered then lined up, passed the aspergillum, and blessed Terry’s memorial stone with holy water and tears from their eyes.
Terry will be greatly missed, but we also celebrate with joy his eternal bliss in the arms of the Savior he faithfully served. To honor Terry, we lifted our voices and sang one of his favorite hymns, a Dakota Indian Chant, Many and Great, O God, Are Thy Works:
Many and great, O God, are thy works, maker of earth and sky;
thy hands have set the heavens with stars; thy fingers spread the mountains and plains.
Lo, at thy word the waters were formed: deep seas obey thy voice.
Grant unto us communion with thee, thou star abiding one;
come unto us and dwell with us; with thee are found the gifts of life.
Bless us with life that has no end, eternal life with thee.
Terry, we pray you are rejoicing with gladness in that life that has no end.
By: Cameron MacMillan