April 18, 2007

Divine Word College of Legazpi Celebrates Mass for Julia Campbell

Filed under: Life — dakidog @ 2:43 pm

The Divine Word College of Legazpi community offered a mass for US Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell following the confirmed report that her body was found in Brgy. Batad Banaue, Ifugao Wednesday morning.


The mass was celebrated by DWCL President, Rev. Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD, at the DWCL Chapel at exactly 4:30 PM. The theme of the mass immediately changed from prayers for Julia’s safety to Julia’s joining God after authorities confirmed her unfortunate death.


Fr. Estepa expressed sadness over the death of Julia who has done a lot for the students and the community as well. Others were also asked to say a word about Julia.


Most of them said how kind, dedicated and loving Julia was. After being a victim of Typhoon Reming herself, Julia still managed to spend most of her time helping people in Brgy. Padang , Legazpi City rebuild their houses and recover from the horrors of the devastating calamity.


Before she left Legazpi for the holy week break, she gave a “despedida” party on April 3 at the AB office which others say was a bit off since she was supposed to spend summer here and leave DWCL in June.


Julia was also known for her punctuality and dedication to work. When she did not show up on April 11 at the DWCL gym to serve as one of the usherettes during the graduation ceremonies, everybody concluded that something was wrong. Julia never abandons her duties.


A student who gave his message said that Julia changed his negative impression of Americans. Julia has sincerely and patiently helped him appreciate life. For him Julia is not only an American nor a Filipina but a Bicolana too who has developed a flare in cooking and eating Bicol dishes which she is very proud of. One picture of Julia shows her grating coconut meat from the shell using “kudkuran.”


Colleagues and students couldn’t hold back their tears for Julia during the mass and even after that. They were expecting to see Julia again on April 27 to conduct the Yoga Seminar and in May for English proficiency seminar for the AB faculty.


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