Ariel joined the doctoral program in medieval studies in September 2022 and was a JHI junior fellow researching manuscript studies, textual technology, and sermon studies. Her project, Accessing the Written Word: Finding Devices in Late Medieval Personal Preaching Aids is a bright and faithful reflection of Ariel’s vibrant personality that we will all miss. According to her sister, Alyssa, “Ariel loved history, learning, and discovering. She wanted to make the world a better place, and school gave her the space to flourish academically.” This is how everyone at CMS has known Ariel and will remember her.
We have extended our heartfelt condolences to Ariel’s family and her partner Kyle. Our thoughts are with them, as well as with her friends, fellow students, and colleagues. We join them in mourning her loss, and we will assist them, together with U of T relevant services in the next months.