Loss, unrest, instability, and strife continue to be forceful constants in our lives. From the 565,000 departed souls due to the coronavirus, to the death of George Floyd and the Black and Brown community’s subsequent cries for racial equality, to the turmoil in our nation’s capital, to the unconscionable violence inflicted upon Asian Americans, to mass shootings—our nation is in pain.
And now, in our backyard, as the nation’s gaze fixes upon the Twin Cities and a looming verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, the greater Minneapolis community has been shaken once again, this time by the tragic death of Daunte Wright.
Holy Family, as an educational institution built upon our Catholic faith and animated by our Lasallian identity, has a role, and, more importantly, a responsibility to prepare our students to be advocates for justice, instruments of peace, agents of change, and procurers of hope in our world.
To that end, we must first ensure our students feel welcomed, valued, and loved for their differences – the very image of God that resides in each of them. Secondly, we must educate them in the light of Truth and its call to love our neighbor as the Lord loves us – upholding all people’s dignity and embracing the beauty that diversity brings to our existence.
Ten months ago, following George Floyd’s death, we shared Holy Family’s renewed commitment to this calling – looking inward and critically examining our culture, practices, and curriculum – both explicitly and implicitly. While the present moment calls for genuine and authentic prayer, we look forward to the months ahead when we will share the advancements we have made towards this end and the good work that continues to lie before us.
In the meantime, we will continue to educate and take care of our students, ensuring they feel safe and, above all, loved. We will continue to support our alumni with a space and venue to engage in meaningful dialogue. We will continue to reject racism and discrimination. Promote peace and justice. Listen and seek understanding. Love, not hate.
Join us as we turn our hearts to prayer – lifting those who mourn and grieve, those who live in fear, those experiencing violence and unrest, and those working for peace and change. We pray for an end to violence, justice for the oppressed, peace in the streets of our cities and our nation, a voice for the silenced, an end to the sin of racism…for healing and change.
The Easter season reminds us that we are people of the Resurrection. We are people of hope. And we believe that by allowing God to work through our hands, our feet, and our lips, the glory of His heavenly Kingdom can be reflected here on this earth – in our nation, in our city, and in our school…one heart a time.