A memorial Mass for Juan Francisco Pulido will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Following Mass, a reception will be held in Room 160, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. All are welcome.

Pulido, 22, came to the United States from Cuba and was a freshman at St. Thomas. He died of suicide Tuesday, Feb. 27, in his Morrison Hall room.

A prayer service for Pulido was held on campus Wednesday, Feb. 28, and his funeral was held at the St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Miami on Saturday, March 3. The Mass was celebrated by a Pulido family friend, the Rev. Daniel Kubala of St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

Pulido’s parents, Juan and Elisa Pulido, of Cuba, were able to attend the services and burial, which was held at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Miami. It is likely that Kubala and Pulido’s parents will be able to attend the memorial Mass here on campus Thursday.

Also attending the Miami services over the weekend were Dr. Judith Dwyer, executive vice president of St. Thomas, and two students, juniors Nathan Schultz and Laura Bassler.

A book of memories about Pulido, created by his St. Thomas friends and classmates, was delivered to the family last weekend. Mark Schneider, director of International Student Services, said additional items for the book, such as photos and letters, are still being collected and will be presented to the family later this week. Items can be delivered to the International Student Services office, Room 161, Murray-Herrick Campus Center, through Thursday.

“Juan touched a lot of lives at St. Thomas,” Schneider said. “The book is a way to let his family know how much people cared for him here.”

Members of the St. Thomas community who would like support or assistance in dealing with Pulido’s death are welcome to contact Campus Ministry at (651) 962-6560, Personal Counseling at (651) 962-6780, or International Student Services at (651) 962-6650.


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