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Message from Acting President Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D., on the terror attacks in Paris

| By Nick Alexopulos

Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D., acting president of Loyola University Maryland, sent the following message to the Loyola community on Saturday, Nov. 14:

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

Yesterday evening our offices of international programs and academic affairs made contact with the 17 Loyola students currently studying at the American University in Paris and confirmed that they are safe.

We are continuing to follow any new developments and have encouraged all of our students studying overseas to contact us if they need help or support. An incident this unspeakably horrific is incredibly difficult to process, especially when students are far away from their families. They will find strength in their host communities as we will once again find strength in ours at home. I encourage our students on campus to find ways to gather as a community this weekend. We will hold a prayer service on the Evergreen Campus at 4 p.m. on Monday. Campus Ministry will share more details on how you can participate from wherever you are as the plans are finalized.

Many people in Paris, and in cities all over the world, are grieving today, faced with unimaginable loss. We must share their grief and mourn together. Particularly this weekend as our community marks the 26th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit scholars/priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador, our minds and hearts are focused on the deep need for justice, which is central to our mission as a Jesuit, Catholic university. Violence touches many who are committed to justice, and as leaders in this commitment we must confront evil without fear as we work tirelessly toward positive change in our world.

Please join me in prayer for the victims, their families, and for peace.


Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D.
Acting President

Loyola’s president, the Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., is on sabbatical in London. He will travel to Paris on Monday, Nov. 16, to have dinner with the Loyola students who are there. He will then travel to visit the Loyola students studying in Leuven, Belgium. He is planning to reflect on his experiences visiting the students through posts to Loyola magazine online.

Interfaith Prayer for Peace, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

Members of the Loyola community will gather for an Interfaith Prayer for Peace on Monday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Chapel. We will pray together for peace in the wake of recent outbreaks of violence in Paris, Beirut, Syria, and Baltimore. If you are unable to attend in person, you are welcome to join us in prayer from afar by participating via livestream.

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