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To the members of the St. Bonaventure University community:
Last Sunday morning, we woke to the horror of another mass shooting in our nation. Little by little, we learned the specifics of the atrocity and our pain and sorrow was multiplied in several ways. Clearly, the combined traits of a radical religious extremism and bias/hate crime motivation resulted in a tragedy whose impact will be felt for generations.
• Our university community includes members who identify as members of the LGBT community as well.
• Our university community includes leaders who have paved the way for our LGBT members by the creation of such groups as Spectrum, the Ally program, Voices, and other initiatives of support.
• Our university community includes many who are Latino/Latina in family origin.
• Our community includes many who profess the Islamic faith and who work to promote deeper knowledge of Islamic culture and belief.
• Our university community includes many who have dedicated their lives to principles of non-violence as a condition of conflict resolution.
• Our university community includes many who find in the Franciscan tradition of peacemaking a major theme for life.
• Our university community is dedicated to a particular commitment to the individual worth of every human being.
Therefore, I am confident that this St. Bonaventure community will join with those calling for continuing and increased efforts to eradicate the type of hatred and prejudice that this appalling crime reflects.
• We grieve each time we see the sad roll call of victims and ponder the losses of families and loved ones.
• We grieve to think that this crime stokes fear among our students and alumni that they may face further dangers to their safety and their lives based on their sexual orientation.
• We grieve to think that, once again, the use of assault weapons to take innocent lives will be greeted with despairing resignation that we lack to power to change this scourge.
As we grieve loss and violence, may we find within the strength to take up the commitments that will make our nation more inclusive, more discerning about how to navigate major societal change, and more open to finding a path forward on all of these fronts in spite of the numerous obstacles that we face.
May the words of our Franciscan prayer for peace resonate in the coming days as we keep faith with the people of Orlando and with our own community members.
Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.
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