On May 28, employees across St. Luke’s University Health Network paused from their duties and routines to participate in a virtual memorial service in honor of COVID-19 victims.


The nondenominational service, led by St. Luke’s Network Director of Pastoral Care Rev. Mary Catherine Cole, was broadcast live internally via Microsoft Teams from the chapel at St. Luke’s Bethlehem Campus. It was the first network-wide service of its kind in St. Luke’s 147-year history.


The United States recently surpassed 105,000 coronvirus-related deaths.


During the virtual service, Cole read aloud the names of deceased family and friends of employees. For each name, a flower was placed in a vase, making a pink and white bouquet on the altar.