I want to tell you about Ellie Sovada ’18.
Ellie was killed Monday evening April 29th in a tragic automobile accident. She was returning home from something she loved, running track. It had been a beautiful 75-degree day.
I want to tell you about her in a way that doesn’t use clichés or vocabulary that could be descriptive of all precious children; each one is unique.
Sparkle. That’s the word I’ll use. It’s what Ellie’s classmates and friends have chosen as the descriptor to honor her: Sparkle. Wouldn’t you be happy to have a daughter who could be described with just one word, sparkle?
If Cathedral is good at nothing else I hope we are unmatched when it comes to responding as a community of faith to and with those in need, especially those mourning the loss of a child. The indescribable pain is beyond human understanding. And so we yearn, plead for God’s tender loving embrace as the only possible way of moving on.
There are dozens of other things I could tell you about Cathedral, many of them very important. Somehow it doesn’t seem right to have those things share this space with Ellie. Such a precious child, such a sparkling gem in God’s infinite and mysterious kingdom.
May she rest in peace, sparkling for an eternity. May her classmates remember her and honor her each time they are together over the next century.
Bountiful blessings and Happy Easter,
Michael A. Mullin