Remembering James Foley
In his 2011 letter to the Marquette community, James Foley stated that Marquette University had always been a friend to him. In reality, it was James who was a friend to so many throughout his service as a Marquette student and throughout his professional career. James vocation as a journalist focused on reporting on the world’s injustices with the hope of bringing peace to our world.
His letter declared the importance of his family, his friends, and the value of prayer. James spoke of praying the Rosary with his fellow captives. It gave them faith. It gave them a reason to have hope. James acknowledged in a brief phone call to his mother that he felt the many prayers being offered for their safety and release.
Our prayers continue now that James’ life has been so tragically taken. We pray not only for James, but for the causes he fought so hard to bring forward in the world’s awareness. We pray for others held captive. We pray for peace in our world.
Saints of God, come to his aid!
Hasten to meet him angels of the Lord!
Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Frederick Zagone, S.J.
Chaplain, Marquette University Alumni Association