May 1, 2019 (2)

May 1, 2019

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

As many in the Creighton University community have been reading about and bearing in prayer over the past weeks, one of our students, Adam Reeb, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been battling leukemia and a very serious virus in the wake of a transplant.

It is with a heavy heart I report to you that Adam died this afternoon in Kansas City.

Though we may be overcome by grief, I want to express to you the immense gratitude I feel for how the Creighton community surrounded our brother Adam in his illness. Students, faculty, staff, and administration visited Adam and his parents in Kansas City. Students in the Chamber Choir made a quilt for Adam with messages of support and several members personally delivered it to his hospital room. Online prayer requests were filled by hundreds of people.

We ask you to continue to pray for Adam, for his family and friends, and for this community, of which he was a beloved part.

A prayer service marking Adam’s life will be held at St. John’s Church at 9 p.m., Thursday, May 2.

Creighton offers counseling and other services for members of the Creighton community who may need assistance at this difficult time. Below is a listing of available support services offered in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of cura personalis.

Grief counseling for students, faculty, and staff:

The Center for Health and Counseling will work to accommodate students desiring to meet with a counselor. Contact the Center for Health and Counseling at 402-280-2735. If a student is experiencing a crisis, he or she should contact Public Safety at 402-280-2104 to receive assistance 24 hours a day. Faculty and Staff have access to counseling resources through the Employee Assistance Program by calling 1-800-424-4831.

Spiritual and Pastoral Care:

The Jesuit priests, staff ministers in the Division of Mission and Ministry, including the Campus Ministry Office, and the chaplains of the colleges and residence halls are available to individuals who need or desire spiritual counseling, guidance, or sacramental support.

In addition, there are numerous opportunities to pray together as a community each weekday. Masses on campus are daily at 7 a.m. and noon in St. John’s Church and at 5 p.m. in lower St. John’s Chapel.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ