Carol Elliott | April 1, 2020
Every day of the week, in the small chapel on the second floor of Mendoza College of Business, Father Arthur Joseph Ssembajja prays alone.
Amid the great emptiness that is now the University of Notre Dame campus, Ssembajja, a priest from Uganda who is currently enrolled in the Notre Dame MBA program, makes the one contribution he can toward battling the coronavirus monster.
“I pray for God’s intervention, mercy and healing,” he says. “I pray for the Church to remain an icon of hope and presence of God in the world. I pray for civil leaders to make decisions that will benefit the whole of humanity. I pray for the University of Notre Dame – administrators, staff, faculty and students that the Lord keeps us and our families safe. That a day will dawn when we get to see each other face to face again.”
“I pray for my family in Uganda. Lastly, I pray for those on the frontline and all those suffering with the coronavirus.”
When the coronavirus first hit the U.S. in March, Ssembajja was not only 7,500 miles away from his home in Uganda, he was also nearly 2,000 miles away from the University of Notre Dame.
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