Words of Joy and Grief from the Donnelly Family

Words of Joy and Grief from the Donnelly Family

Jorge Calderon (standing in checkered shirt)

At SHINE Saturday night, we were overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for all those who helped us celebrate Donnelly's incredible students and mission. Thank you to everyone who joined us — particularly those patrons who share time, talent and treasure to ensure our students can achieve their higher education dreams.

Unfortunately, this joy is juxtaposed with extreme sadness and grief. A member of our student family, Jorge Calderon, was killed early Saturday morning. He and a friend were victims of a deadly shooting while fueling their vehicle. Jorge had recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Donnelly students, faculty and staff remember his exuberant and dedicated personality, whether in the classroom, in the hallways or on the field with the soccer club.

To our friends and supporters, please pray for their eternal rest and for their families during this very difficult time, as well as for healing and God's comfort throughout campus and our community.

To our students, we know this news is heartbreaking and unexpected. There are no words that will capture how many of you feel, but we want you to know that we love you and care about you. We are here to support you in what ever way you need. Beginning Monday, we will have additional counseling support available. We will also plan a way to come together and pay tribute to our dear friend. We are here to support and serve you, so please let anyone on faculty or staff know if you have other suggestions on how we can assist you through this difficult time.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Update: The wake and funeral for of Jorge Calderon will run as follows:

  • Saturday, October 17

  • Our Lady of Peace (1029 Bennington Ave. Kansas City MO 64126)

  • Wake: noon - 4 p.m.

  • Funeral Mass led by Father John Melnick: 4 p.m.

In addition, we will hold a memorial service and Mass next week at the College. These details will be forthcoming.