Students at University of Detroit Jesuit High School have begun volunteering to serve as pallbearers for homeless military veterans.
The Arimathean pallbearer ministry, named after Jesus’s pallbearer Joseph of Arimathea, has over 50 students that have signed up so far, according to NBC Connecticut. The first students to participate recently carried the caskets of three homeless veterans during services at Great Lakes National Cemetery.
Those buried had served in the Army, Air Force, and Marines.
Todd Wilson, the school’s director of service, feels the program helps the students saying, “I think for the young men here at U of D, it teaches them the value and dignity of life at all levels.”
University of Detroit Jesuit students are fulfilling a need that the funeral service needs according to Kevin Desmond, a funeral director at A.J. Desmond & Sons.
“To be able to recognize that need, to offer this respect, is really a testament to these gentlemen and also just the community and spirit here at U of D Jesuit,” Desmond explained.