The first Sunday back from February break, students gathered around Garcelon Field for a candelight vigil to remember John Durkin, a Bates student who recently passed away in Rome, Italy. In this time of immense sadness, the support that could be felt in looking up to see a football field completely surrounded by loving community members was surreal.

At a gathering the next day in the Pettingill Atrium, some of John’s close friends and teammates shared remembrances of John in a safe and supportive environment. The atrium was packed full as hundreds of students attended the event to reflect on John’s lasting impact on Bates.

To honor John this week, The Bates Student displays beautiful photographs from Phyllis Graber Jensen that capture the supportive spirit of those who were able to attend these events.

A funeral Mass will be held for John on March 7th at Saint Theresa Church in Rye Beach, New Hampshire at 12noon. Calling hours will be held on March 6th from 4pm- 8pm at the Community Campus, Portsmouth.