January 23, 2012
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
A night 20 years ago, January 24, 1992, stands as a very sad day in Notre Dame’s history.
Shortly after midnight in the midst of a heavy snowstorm, a bus bringing the Irish women’s swimming team back to campus from a meet at Northwestern slid off the Indiana Toll Road and rolled over. Meghan Beeler from Granger, Indiana, and Colleen Hipp from St. Louis, both freshmen, lost their lives in the accident. Many of the other swimmers, coaches and staff were injured, including Haley Scott, also a freshman, who was paralyzed for more than a week.
Some 18 hours after the accident, the Notre Dame community assembled for Mass in the Basilica to mourn and pray. Now, I invite you to gather again in the Basilica at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, the 20th anniversary of the accident, for a Mass in memory of Meghan and Colleen, in thanksgiving for healing, and in appreciation to members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities who responded to the accident that night and onward.
Please join us on Tuesday as we gather to remember and pray.
In Notre Dame,
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.