Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,
We as a community mourn the loss of 26 people in the shooting that took place Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX. During yesterday’s liturgy in the College Chapel, we remembered the victims and prayed for their families, the members of the First Baptist Church and others affected by this senseless act of violence.
Like other recent attacks in Las Vegas and New York, this shooting comes amid ongoing efforts, across our nation and here at Emmanuel, to cultivate a society characterized by civility and mutual respect. We seek wisdom and strength as we continue to advance the commitment to justice and peace that is at the heart of Emmanuel’s Catholic educational mission. May we strive, in the words of Pope Francis, to “be peacemakers each day, in our life, in our families, in our cities and nations, in the whole world. Let us allow ourselves to be moved by God’s goodness.”
Sister Janet Eisner, SND