While passing through Stilesville, Ind., early this morning as part of a 3,000-mile trek on behalf of the unborn, Thomas Aquinas College student Andrew Kentigern (Kent) Moore (’14) was struck and killed by a passing vehicle. The College urgently requests prayers on his behalf, as well as for the consolation of his family and his fellow walkers.
Like other Thomas Aquinas College students in the past, Kent was participating in the Crossroads Walk Across America — five separate, simultaneous journeys of college students traversing the U.S. and Canada to defend and promote the Culture of Life. A rising junior from Concord, Calif., Kent was part of the Central Walk, which began in San Francisco on May 19 and will conclude in Washington, D.C., on August 9.
Accompanied by a chaplain to provide spiritual assistance and an RV carrying supplies, the walkers steadily work their way across the country, day and night, five days a week, usually in 15-mile shifts. They attend Mass daily and pray rosaries for the unborn as they walk. On weekends they stop at local parishes to promote the pro-life cause and to raise funds for their efforts.
Although the dangers of their journey are clear — Kent was wearing a reflective vest when he was struck — the walkers assume the risks out of love for God and the unborn. Kent had long been active in pro-life causes. Last summer he prayed the rosary daily in front of an abortion clinic in his hometown of Concord, Calif. In January he was one of the more than 200 Thomas Aquinas College students who participated in the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco.
Explaining why he joined the Crossroads Walk, Kent wrote on the organization’s website, “I had already been involved in the pro-life movement for several years … Crossroads sounded like a good way to serve God and help His children.” He was also using the experience to discern God’s call for his life. “I have been considering a vocation to the priesthood for some time, and Crossroads is a great way to work on my discernment: prayer, sacrifice, and separation from the distractions of the world.” He and a fellow walker were praying the rosary when he was struck this morning. The other walker was unharmed.
“Kent gave his life in service of God and in defense of the unborn,” says Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean. “As saddened as we are by his loss, we are inspired by and grateful for his witness. Please join us in praying for the repose of his soul and the comfort of his family, his classmates, and his many friends here at the College.”
The College will hold a rosary for Kent at 12:45 p.m. in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. If you are in the area and you can make it, please join us. If not, please join in the prayers from wherever you are. College Chaplain Rev. Cornelius Buckley., S.J., will offer this evening’s 5:20 p.m. Mass at the College for the repose of Kent’s soul.
Posted: July 20, 2012