Dear Holy Rosary Families and Friends,
It is with great sadness that I share that our beloved colleague and friend, Mr. Andrew Coldiron died this past weekend.
The students have been told and have found beautiful ways to express their sympathy and love. As a school we have said the rosary together, Fr. Brosamer led us in mass together, and we have said a Divine Mercy Chaplet together. Together we will all go to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton today for the Catholic Schools Mass held annually. It will be a time to be surrounded by our fellow Catholic schools and experience their compassion and care during this difficult time.
I wish to thank Fr. Tom Lilly, Fr. Patrick Brosamer, Fr. Mark Francis O.P., Brother Thomas Aquinas O.P., and Fr. Leo Walsh for coming to the school to help me to break the news to the students and to counsel and be there to offer spiritual guidance as the students absorbed the news.
I also sincerely thank all the priests in the diocese who have been offering their masses and many petitions for Mr. Coldiron’s soul, for his wife, and for their two-month old daughter. The universal outpouring of care from the diocese has been truly extraordinary. It has buoyed our spirits here at HRA and has sustained us during this painful week.
Thank you especially to Lumen Christi high school for sending us lilies, for the SEAS faculties and families for their phone calls and prayers, and Our Lady of the Valley for offering their masses and prayers for us. We are so touched.
I have no funeral news as of yet. I will surely communicate the funeral plans as well as urge the Upper School to be in attendance. The elementary students may come accompanied by their parents.
To all those who have been praying for us and for the soul of Andy Coldiron, please continue the prayers and know how deeply we are grateful for your compassion.
Catherine Neumayr, Principal