GENESEO – Numerous members of local clergy came together in a ceremony of healing for the Village and College at Geneseo and the families of Kelsey Annese, Matthew Hutchinson, and Colin Kingston.
Participating clergy were Rev. William O. Daniel, Jr., PhD, of St. Michael’s Church; Rev. Dr. Keith Griswold of Geneseo United Methodist Church; Rev. Paul Metzger, Chaplain of the Livingston County Jail, Rev. Dr. Nancy Lowmaster of Central Presbyterian Church; Michael Sauter, Lay Pastor at St. Luke’s Catholic Church; Rev. Mark Shepard of Grace and Truth Christian Fellowship; Rev. Mike Smith of Christ Community Church; and Rev. Karen Woodworth of Geneseo United Methodist Church.
“No one is untouched by the tragedy that has befallen our Village,” said Daniel. “We find ourselves at a loss for words and we must learn to live in that silence.”
Daniel added that it is important to remember the losses suffered by all families touched by the tragedy at 18 Wadsworth Street.
“If we avoid the pain, if we attempt to avoid the struggle, our wounds will fester and can easily turn to anger,” said Daniel. “While I do not pretend to understand the pain that the Annese, Hutchinson and Kingston families feel, I do know that anger causes us to focus only on the pain.”
The congregation prayed, lit candles and listened to a hymn sung by the SUNY Spectrum Singers and Genesee Valley Children’s Choir.
After the ceremony, the public gathered for a reception.