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Hope and Prayer as a Community

Tonight our community’s thoughts and prayers join together as we gather for a candlelight vigil led by the Sigma Kappa sorority alumni and friends of Horned Frog alumna Nina Pham, who is currently struggling against the Ebola virus in Dallas. The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life and the entire TCU community add their heartfelt support, prayers, and love. We will gather tonight in the Robert Carr Chapel at 7:00 pm. For more information on Nina and her story so far, see the recently released TCU 360 article at
As we gather tonight on behalf of Nina, her loved ones, and her health care providers, our glimpse peers past the news. We come together to pray and hold tenderly in our hearts one of our own, a fellow Frog, a classmate, sorority sister, and greater TCU family member. It is easy to see her picture and relate her to our world, because she is part of it, and this illness has suddenly brought a drastic and frightening change.
Let us hold in love and in prayer tonight also, then, all individuals whose worlds are changed by illness and disease, by suffering and trial, by caretaking and grief. We remember that each person who has contracted the Ebola virus has parents, family, and friends, health care providers and volunteers and prayer warriors also lifting them up. We bring to mind those struggling with illnesses that are not making international news or the focal points of awareness campaigns. We wrap in prayer and warmth those who care for them: medical professionals, caretakers and family members at home, those who wish they could do more to aleviate their suffering.
As our community gathers around our loved one in hope, prayer, thoughts, and vigil, let us also remember and send all of the same to our brothers and sisters who struggle with illness themselves or for the sake of the patients they selflessly serve.
If you are not able to join us in person this evening, we invite you to enter a moment of silence for prayer and reflection for Nina and every single individual who struggles with illness. We extend our deep hope and prayers to all who are sick, their loved ones, and those who care for them–to all in our TCU family and in our global family.


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