Letters to the Editor

Timothy Hamling writes:

From daily announcements to occasional promotions and spam, my inbox is constantly being filled with new emails. I don’t like keeping my school email cluttered, so I try to delete old unimportant emails as often as I can, or at the very least filter important messages into folders.

However, one email I received last year from the Office of the President, dating back to September 15th of 2016, has remained unmoved in my inbox. This email was sent to all students and faculty, and brought with it the unfortunate news that our former campus chaplain, Father George Hill, had passed away.

Father Hill served the Manhattan College community for eight years. Aside from being an on-campus chaplain, he was also a licensed mental health counselor which helped him connect to students and give them advice about pretty much anything. Our campus was not just his workplace. Manhattan College was Father Hill’s home.

Like many other seniors and juniors, I am truly blessed to have had the chance to meet Father Hill and learn from him. Thursdays will not be the same without nightly meditation sessions, meals in Lockes are a bit lacking without priestly company, and we will miss seeing Father Hill sitting behind Masiello, donning his signature black fleece.

This upcoming Friday marks one year since Father Hill’s passing. Remembering his legacy and sharing stories of his time at Manhattan College are some of the best ways to honor his life. For those that were fortunate enough to meet him, Father Hill’s memory will never be forgotten.

-Tim Hamling

One thought on “Letters to the Editor

  1. Hi, I’m one of Father Hill’s siblings. I just want to take a moment to let you all know how he felt being at Manhattan.
    This was his home is right. He loved being your Chaplin. I think in all of his religious life this was where he needed to be. It was appropriate that he ended his life in a place where he gave his love and received so much love in return.
    He never put on false airs. He always wanted to be in touch with the whole college community from the students, janitors to the president.
    My Daughter is an alum. She was always amazed how he would find time and remember to see people.He wanted to shine Gods light on all of you.
    God bless you all,
    John Hill

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