Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, sent the following message to Loyola students and employees on July 8, 2016:
Dear Members of the Loyola Community:
As we are grappling with the troubling news of shootings by police in Minnesota and Louisiana, we now encounter an atrocious attack on police officers at a peaceful protest last night in Dallas. These events are deeply impacting many of us, prompting us to consider yet again the horror of the loss of lives through violence. At this heartbreaking moment, I ask you to join me in holding the victims and their loved ones in our prayers today and in the days to come.
As a community, we are committed to working toward and advocating for racial justice. We are also called to value the life of every person and to work toward real change in a powerful, peaceful way. These incidents demand that we consider even more fully the pervasive racial disparities in our society, as well as the responsibility each of us has to use our education to address these issues.
While we grieve the loss of these individuals’ lives and discern how we can best react and respond, I invite you to join members of the Loyola community to gather for a vigil on the steps of Alumni Memorial Chapel at noon today. We can find strength in community, in prayer, in mission, and in knowing that each of us can and does have a role in ensuring that tomorrow’s world is a better place.
We will also continue to seek opportunities for conversation on campus, particularly among students, and those details will be shared next week. I encourage all of our students, even those who are not living on campus, to take advantage of the services offered through Campus Ministry, the Counseling Center, and ALANA Services.
“One is called to live nonviolently even if the change one works for seems impossible,” said the Rev. Daniel Berrigan, S.J. In this moment, let us realize all things are possible, particularly as we join our voices in calling for change, for justice, and for peace.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.