English professor Dr. Patrick Keats passed away on July 5 in his final battle with cancer. The college will host his wake and funeral on campus on July 18-19.

On Thursday, July 18, the viewing will be held in the Crypt of Christ the King Chapel from 6-9:00 p.m. All are invited to attend. Dr. Keats’ body will then be taken into the Chapel for a rosary and to lie in repose all evening.

On Friday, July 19, the funeral Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Christendom’s Christ the King Chapel. The Mass will also be live-streamed online for all who cannot make it (see link here). A reception and celebration of the life of Dr. Keats will be held in the college’s St. Lawrence Commons immediately following the Mass at approximately 12:30 p.m., to which all are invited.

In lieu of flowers, at the request of Lily, contributions may be made to Christendom College for the Dr. Patrick Keats Fine Arts Fund (a donation page will be setup soon). Checks should be made payable to Christendom College with “Dr. Patrick Keats Fine Arts Fund” written in the memo. The fund will support the stage and lighting equipment for theater performances in the planned Catholic Culture Center, which will be in the renovated Chapel following the construction of the new Christ the King Chapel.

Please keep Dr. Keats and his family in your prayers.

If you are planning on attending either the viewing, funeral Mass, or reception, please RSVP to Brenda Seelbach at brenda.seelbach@christendom.edu.

All alumni priests are invited to concelebrate at the funeral Mass. The liturgical color will be violet. Please contact Fr. Marcus Pollard if you wish to concelebrate: fr.pollard@christendom.edu

We are collecting tributes and reflections on the life of Dr. Keats for a special webpage dedicated to his memory. Please send your reflection or tribute to zachary.smith@christendom.edu 

Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

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