BETHLEHEM, Pa. - St. Luke’s University Health Network participated in a virtual memorial service in honor of COVID-19 victims Thursday afternoon.

St. Luke’s Network Director of Pastoral Care Rev. Mary Catherine Cole led the nondenominational service, which 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, according to a health network news release.

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.

The memorial was held as more than 100,000 people in the U.S. have died due to COVID-19.

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