J.J. has been an incredible gift to the Newman Community and to Virginia Tech. He has enriched our community through his generosity and faith. We pray that God will take him to himself and that we might be consoled in the faith of the resurrected Lord Jesus.
“God is light; in him there is no darkness. Let us walk in his light, his children, one and all.” -From “City of God,” a J.J. favorite
April 11 Prayer Service
On the evening of April 11, 2012, dozens gathered at the Newman house to mourn the loss of our great friend. An impromptu prayer service was held downstairs. The room was so filled with people that even the stairs leading to the main floor were packed, simply because there was no more room. Stories were shared of the great gifts that J.J. has bestowed into our lives, and how these gifts will live with us forever. The PDF from the prayer service is available here.
Please share how J.J. was a gift in your life in the form below.
J.J. and Newman Community
When we as a Newman Community learned about the untimely passing of John Benson “J.J.” Stinson , we shared feelings of shock and sadness. We quickly gathered and began to focus on and share what an incredible gift J.J. has been in all of our lives. Many gathered to grieve and remember J.J. as we held an impromptu Prayer Service. A central theme of the evening was J.J.‘s ability to bring people and communities together. Many commented about the diversity of those gathered in the room. It was a true “J.J. moment” that united many people from different walks of life.
As an active member of the Newman and Virginia Tech Community, J.J. brought light and life into all he did. “J.J. shined in sharing his God-given gifts and love with others; I especially remember J.J. for his music and his constant sense of wonder of the world, most especially others. He not only recognized the blessedness of others: he accentuated, highlighted, maximized, affirmed, and encouraged it. People who knew J.J., witnessed the living and loving God, active in their day-to-day life, because of J.J,” shared Dave Ballinyn who served as a Campus Minister and friend of J.J.
J.J.’s became involved in Newman early in his Freshman year. As he was keenly aware of other’s gifts, he was also self-aware of what he had to offer to the community. He was a member of the Newman Musicians, playing his guitar at mass each Sunday and sharing his gift of musical talent with others.
J.J. was also highly involved in service through the Newman Community, always sharing his gifts with others. J.J. put his faith into action through an Alternative Spring Break Trip to Lima, Ohio as well as many local service activities. John Wall shared, “Even amidst our service and labor, J.J. was a central light in so much of what we did. He was a glimpse of the true height of love, compassion, and joy we can offer this world.”
A comforting note from J.J.
Kara Olenick, a friend and a fellow active member of the Newman Community, shared this the day after we learned of J.J.’s passing:
“J.J. wrote this to me just before he left for Riva because I was so mad at him for leaving me. Your words were always more perfect than you knew, friend.”
It’s a simple tune
That God taught to me and you:
We never go away,
We never say goodbye.
We always stay in touch,
Even when we die.
To put it in perspective,
This is just the new adventure.
Be at peace, and please
Always be rest assured:
This is not the end,
Though I am leaving now,
There is always life!
What is lost will be found!
Events to be held in memory of J.J.
Tuesday, April 17, 6PM in the War Memorial Chapel
Join the Newman Community as we gather for a Memorial Service for J.J. in the place where he worshiped every Sunday.
Sunday, April 15, 7:30 PM, Rosary for J.J. at the Pylons
The Knights of Columbus will be dedicating this weeks Sunday rosary for
JJ and the intentions of those who knew and loved him. Rosary starts at 7:30pm on Sunday at the Pylons.
Friday, April 13, 5:30PM in the Hillcrest Dining Room
The entire University community has been invited to gather together to remember, reflect, and share about J.J. Professional staff from Housing & Residence Life and Cook Counseling Center will be on site as a resource.
Thursday, April 12, 8PM at the Pylons
Join the Bishop Ireton High School Alumni as they gather to remember and pray for J.J., his family, and all affected.