Members of the Thomas Aquinas College community joined the parents and siblings of Andrew “Kent” Moore (’14) for a memorial Mass this morning in Our Lady of Most Holy Trinity Chapel. A tireless advocate of unborn children and their mothers, Kent was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle this summer while participating in a Crossroads pro-life walk across America.
With the Thomas Aquinas College Choir singing hymns, and Kent’s classmates serving as acolytes and lectors, those in attendance prayed for and remembered the young, independent pro-life champion. College Chaplain Rev. Cornelius Buckley, S.J., served as the principal celebrant and homilist, joined at the altar by fellow chaplain Rev. Joseph Illo and Rev. Daniel O’Sullivan, pastor emeritus at Sacred Heart Church in nearby Ventura, Calif.
“He walked in the way of the saints,” said Fr. Buckley of young Kent, who spent countless hours outside clinics, both in his native Bay Area and around Ventura County, praying for an end to abortion. “It was on this walk, on this path, that he was taken from this life and put into the hands of God — in a very realistic and a very special way — because it was while he was walking for this walk for life that the Lord took him, took him to Himself.”
Speaking fondly of Kent’s kindness, his innocence, and his love, Fr. Buckley urged those in attendance to emulate his pursuit of personal holiness, particularly his compassion for the victims of abortion. “I’m sure that what we can do now for Kent,” he said, “is to become committed in the same way to the right-to-life movement that he was.”
Audio: Homily at the Memorial Mass for Andrew Moore (’14)
Posted: October 15, 2012