Friends and classmates of Daniel J. Kish, a Notre Dame freshman from Mishawaka, Ind., who died Saturday (Jan. 15), gathered Tuesday night in the chapel of Keough Hall for a Mass in his memory.
Keough rector Rev. Peter Jarrett, C.S.C., and Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs, concelebrated the Mass for the 19-year-old Kish, who died of complications from heart surgery.
In his homily, Father Jarrett observed that a heart transplant during Kishs sophomore year of high school made even his attendance at Notre Dame a risky undertaking, and that “living in a cocoon probably would have been easier, but Dan didnt want to do that.” He added that Kish, a member of the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in South Bend, “may have had a failing physical heart, but he had a big and faithful heart.” After the Mass, several students walked from Keough to the Grotto to light candles in Kish’s memory.
Among Kishs surviving family members are his brothers Jeff, a senior at Notre Dame, and Tim, who was graduated from the University last year.
Memorial donations may be made to Make a Wish Foundation or Trinity Evangelical Free Church.