Message on New Zealand Mosque Shootings
As we awoke to the tragic news of the mosque shootings in New Zealand, we reiterate our condemnation of the hatred and bigotry that led to such extreme and senseless violence. We pray for all those impacted directly by these shootings, as well as the members of the Muslim community who live in fear because of this direct attack on their faith and threats of other acts around the world.
While the frequency of widespread acts of terror has sadly become a part of our society, we must not and will not let the ideology that fuels such extremism go unchecked. Whether in the classroom or through other on- and off-campus initiatives, our Jesuit heritage calls on us to always strive to create and strengthen an environment of empathy, understanding, peace and reconciliation.
Student development resources are available to all students seeking support including through the offices of Campus Ministry, Campus Life, the Counseling Center for Health and Wellness, and Inclusive Excellence and Global Education. In addition, members of our faculty are available as conversation partners to address these acts of violence.
The noon Mass in the Panasci Family Chapel today will be offered in memory of the victims as we pray for the people of New Zealand and for an end to violence and hate crimes in our world.
Linda M. LeMura, Ph.D.