June 5, 2020
Dear Friends of the Pope Francis Preparatory Community,
As we brought the school year to a close with yesterday’s commencement and we continue the planning process for the fall semester at Pope Francis Prep, we find ourselves outraged and saddened as we bear witness over and over again to incomprehensible racial injustices in our country. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor have all highlighted the systemic racism our society faces. It is time to listen, and time to address these injustices that still exist in too many areas of our society.
Among many things, our school mission seeks to instill Gospel values. These values include loving one another and working towards a more just society. Let us pray for peace, acceptance, and equality in these distressing times. Let us keep loving, caring, supporting, and listening to one another. Racism has no home at our school, in our community, or in our society. Period.
Earlier this week, His Holiness, Pope Francis, shared the following message with the people of the United States:
Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd.
My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.
Today I join the Church in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and in the entire United States, in praying for the repose of the soul of George Floyd and of all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism. Let us pray for the consolation of their grieving families and friends and let us implore the national reconciliation and peace for which we yearn. May Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, intercede for all those who work for peace and justice in your land and throughout the world.
May God bless all of you and your families.
People are hurting and we need to check-in, listen, and offer empathy and support. We will come out stronger, committed to act within our community, and be part of the solution.
It is difficult to feel hopeful as we face these twin pandemics of Covid-19 and racism in our country. Yet, we can all learn and grow from even this, as we insist on justice, as we understand and care for one another, and as we try with all our heart to fulfill what Pope Francis Prep through its mission strives to be.