Last night, the Franciscan University community said goodbye to a wonderful friend, Neal Rylatt.
Neal was a freshman here last semester, but had to leave school because of leukemia. He had been getting progressively worse and made a pilgrimage to Lourdes with his parents over Easter. We've been praying novenas and rosaries for his recovery daily, but the Lord had other plans. Neal was called home to Jesus last night about 7 pm, surrounded by his family.
He was actively involved in the pro-life movement in high school and while he was in college. His example of living life to the fullest even in the midst of a serious sickness will never be forgotten. I only met Neal once in passing, but will never forget that he had the ability to light up any room with his presence.
Neal, thank you for your powerful witness to us all. You'll definitely be missed by both those who knew you well and those of us who didn't have that chance. May we stand for life as you did even when it was difficult. Pray for us, that one day we will all meet you again in heaven.
Neal Rylatt, Pray For Us!