Following is an article from Valerie Fifelski, a Regnum Christi consecrated woman and director of the Immaculate Conception Program, about a recent visit of the IC students to the bedside of IC graduate Angela DiLaura.
Yesterday I was able to bring the entire IC Program to Motts (Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan) to visit with Angela (DiLaura) and her parents.
We got there in the evening, which is a time when she usually gets her exercise. At that time she gets out of bed (not on her own of course) and is placed in a wheel chair so she can move around and see other parts of the hospital. This time her parents brought her to the lower level waiting room to visit with us. Mr. DiLaura invited us into a private room (a sort of chapel) where we arranged the chairs in a semi-circle while we waited for her to take the elevator.
Her mom and Angela’s friend, Monica Lee, came in with Angela. Angela was awake, and after the initial greetings (I don’t know how much she was able to tell about what was going on…I don’t know if she could recognize anything…or to what degree she was aware of her surroundings…but I am certain she knew something special was going on) Mr. DiLaura invited us to sing a song for her. The girls chose a chapel song called Do Not Let Your Hearts be Troubled because it was one of Angela’s favorites when she was in charge of the chapel songs for Mass last year. As you can imagine it brought tears to many eyes as we sang to her.
It was the first time that many of the IC girls realized how bad the accident was, and it was not easy for them. It was emotional and somewhat shocking. After that, Mrs. DiLaura asked the girls to sing Ave Maria (a Latin version they sing beautifully). They obliged, and later reminded the DiLauras that it was a Marian Feast, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. What a special day to visit!
Once the song finished, Mrs. DiLaura passed out prayer cards with a picture of Angela wrapped in a blanket with Our Lady of Guadalupe on it. The girls were grateful, and speechless. One of our students, Angela Cunningham, gave the DiLauras a home-made CD with meaningful (mostly spiritual) songs that their daughter loves and asked them play it for her later. Time had passed, and Angela fell asleep during the Ave Maria. So, it was time to bring her back to her bed. But before we said good-bye, we took a picture with her, to share with all of you.
The DiLauras are very grateful for all the prayers, concern, and everything from the entire Everest (Academy and Collegiate) community and Regnum Christi family over the past few weeks. They asked me to make sure everyone knew. So THANK YOU ALL!!