Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, sent the following message to the Loyola community on Tuesday, March 22:
Dear Members of the Loyola Community:
As we awakened to news of acts of terrorism in Brussels this morning, I am sure many of us thought immediately of our students and employees who are abroad this year at our program in Leuven, Belgium. I am relieved to report that our office of international programs has confirmed that all of them are safe. We will continue to stay in close contact with them—and all our students who are studying abroad this semester—and offer ongoing safety recommendations and support.
I invite you to join our community in prayer for all those who are affected by acts of terrorism in Brussels and around the world at the 12:10 Mass today in Alumni Memorial Chapel. If you are looking for a quiet space for prayer at any time, you are welcome to stop by the chapel, where a printed prayer for peace will be available.
This week, during the holiest days of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year, followers of Christ around the world are united in fasting and prayer, reflecting on Jesus’ agony and suffering before the joy of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. In these dark moments in our world, I hope each of us can find hope and light in that promise of rebirth and a brighter future—one each of us can work to achieve.
Please join me in praying for the members of our community who are affected by these events and for peace in our world.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.