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Archbishop Coakley on death of Christ the King student: “Our sympathy and prayers go out to the family and community”

OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 25, 2014) – Between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., during morning car pool at Christ the King Catholic School, pre-kindergartener Quaid Thomas Dolan, 4, was struck by a car and subsequently died.

“It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge the painful tragedy that occurred at Christ the King this morning,” said the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City. “As an archdiocese, we grieve the loss of Quaid Thomas ‘QT’ Dolan and pray for the peace and comfort of all those who are affected by this sad and unexpected occurrence. My sympathy and concern go out especially to the Dolan family and to the entire Christ the King community in this time of suffering.”

Dolan was the son of Sheryl and Brian Dolan and the grandson of Susan and Robert Dolan, all active parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church; he is survived by five older brothers and a younger sister.

The archbishop said he will offer Mass for Dolan and his family at 11:30 a.m. today in the Saint Francis de Sales Chapel at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Oklahoma City.

Cris Carter, Ph.D., superintendent of Catholic schools, spoke to the family.

“This is an occasion of great sorrow for all of us,” Carter said. “My heart breaks for the family, whom we love and appreciate so dearly. Our support and prayers are with them and with the school and parish community, even as we grieve alongside them.”

The school notified parents and other supporters of the accident and offered parents and guardians the option to pick up their children from school today.

In the meantime, counselors from the Saint Joseph Counseling Center at Catholic Charities are available to anyone who might need to speak with them, including to those children who unfortunately witnessed the event.

Three priests of the archdiocese – Father William Novak, Father John Metzinger and Father Brian Buettner – were at Christ the King this morning to pray with the family and others. Principal Karen Carter led a prayer service at 9 a.m. for the students of Christ the King in grades three through eight who remained at the school.

Christ the King pastor Father Rick Stansberry was out of town at the time of the accident, but was notified and immediately changed his travel plans to be in Oklahoma City by this afternoon.

“The Dolan family are dear to the parish of Christ the King,” Father Stansberry said. “We will walk with them in their grief and do whatever we can to support them through this difficult ordeal.”

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