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February 22, 2010

A Prayer For All The Victims Of Dr. Amy Bishop: Dr. Gopi Podila, Dr. Maria Davis, Dr. Adriel Johnson, Dr. Joseph Leahy, Dr. Luis Cruz-Vera, Ms. Stephanie Monticciolo and Dr. Debra Moriarity

While Dr. Amy Bishop awaits trial on capital murder and attempted murder charges in connection with her deadly attack on colleagues during a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama-Huntsville on February 12, the impact of her violence on her victims and her victim's families will never end.

In discussing various issues arising out of Dr. Bishop's violence, it is sometimes necessary and certainly common to become detached from the engulfing pain and suffering at the core. As the Leahy Family Blog reaffirms, the families, friends and primarily the victims of Dr. Bishop - Dr. Gopi Podila, Dr. Maria Davis,  Dr. Adriel D. Johnson, Sr.,  Dr. Joseph Leahy,  Dr. Luis Cruz-Vera,  Ms. Stephanie Monticciolo and Dr. Debra Moriarity -  will never escape the horrorific consequences of her violence.

This is from the website of the Joseph Leahy Family Blog, which one of the Commentors to Shepherds and Black Sheep shared with us.  A visit to their site is inspiring and speaks for itself as to the faith, hope and charity of this amazing family.  I urge you to read it for all the victims of Dr. Bishop's violence. 

Here is an excerpt:

First things first -- the following is a prayer written specifically for Joe and the family by the priest at their church, Father Phil O'Kennedy. Ginny asked me to get it posted here, and she will be deeply grateful for everyone who is willing to offer it up.
Prayer for Joe Leahy




Lord God, heavenly Father of us all,
We know that You are with us in the good times,
and dare to trust that You are even more
surely with us in our trials.

May we never give way to ill-will or discouragement,
but persist always in Your grace, mercy and love.

We beg You to watch over Joe, Ginny, Keith and Stephen Leahy,
and the extended Leahy and Warnecke families
who are “carrying the cross” at this time.

Lord God, please restore Joe to fullness of health and well-being,
Restore him to his family,
to the students that he loves,
and to all of us who so respect and admire him.

May Joe soon “walk tall” in our midst again,
and may we live always for your honor and glory.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Our Father . . .

Hail Mary . . .

Glory Be to the Father . . .


Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.


Written by Rev. Phil O’Kennedy,
(Pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church, Madison, AL)


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Gopi K. Podila

In lieu of flowers, the Podila family requests contributions be made by writing checks to:


Checks should be mailed to:

Gopi K. Podila Memorial Fund
Progress Bank
201 Williams Avenue
Huntsville AL 35801


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Maria Ragland Davis

The family requests donations in Dr. Davis' memory to one or more of the following university scholarships:

University of Michigan Multicultural Engineering Program 
ATTN: Ms. Lin Rockwell Cargo 
Executive Director Office of Advancement 
University of Michigan College of Engineering 
Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center 
1221 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2102


Checks should be made out to the University of Michigan.
For credit card donations, contact Ms. Cargo at 734-647-7032 
or by e-mail at lincargo@umich.edu.
 
North Carolina State University's A.M. Witherspoon Graduate Scholarship/Memory of Maria R. Davis 
ATTN: Jason Gipe North Carolina State University Alumni Affairs 
Campus Box 7503 
Raleigh, N.C. 27695-7503

Checks should be payable to North Carolina State University. Mr. Gipe can be contacted at 919-515-0519 or at jason_gipe@ncsu.edu.
Credit card gifts can be made through the "giving" link at www.ncsu.edu. Select "other" for gift and specify the A.M. Witherspoon Graduate Scholarship There is a space to note that the gift is In the memory of Maria Ragland Davis

The Dr. Maria Ragland-Davis Scholarship Endowment Fund
Office Of Advancement
318 Shelbie King Hall
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama 35899

Checks may be sent to The Foundation for Excellence at UAHuntsville. Please reference the memorial fund name: The Dr. Maria Ragland-Davis Scholarship Endowment Fund
 
For further information please visit:  http://www.uah.edu/update/scholarships.php
 

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In the Memory of Dr. Johnson

The Dr. Adriel D. Johnson, Sr.  Memorial Scholarship 
University of Alabama in Hunstville
Office Of Advancement
318 Shelbie King Hall
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama 35899

Checks may be sent to The Foundation for Excellence at UAHuntsville. Please reference the memorial fund name: The Dr. Adriel D. Johnson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
 
For further information please visit:  http://www.uah.edu/update/scholarships.php

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 Stephanie Monticciolo

Please visit the online Journal where Stephanie Monticciolo's family reports her progress and leave them words of encouragement in the family's Guestbook.

A Facebook Page has also been established where many are leaving messages of support for Stephanie Monticciolo and her family, who are posting updates on the page.
 

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3 comments:

  1. Donations in Dr. Johnson's memory can be made to
    The Dr. Adriel D. Johnson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

    and Donations in Dr. Davis' memory can be made to
    The Dr. Maria Ragland-Davis Scholarship Endowment Fund

    either on-line at http://www.uah.edu/update/scholarships.php

    or

    Checks may be sent to The Foundation for Excellence at UAHuntsville. Please reference the memorial fund name, and mail to:

    Office Of Advancement
    318 Shelbie King Hall
    The University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Huntsville, Alabama 35899

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  2. Thanks for the input. I updated the Blog to reflect your information. If anyone has any more updates on memorial funds for the victims and their families, please post it.

    Thanks.

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  3. a former grad student, Dept. of Biological Sciences, UAHuntsvilleFebruary 23, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Thank you for posting this, Mary. We greatly appreciate support from you and your readers as we honor and remember those affected by this horrific event.

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