By Ethan Kibbe, ’18
St. Bonaventure’s University Ministries, in conjunction with The Franciscan Center for Social Concern, will host a Holocaust memorial service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. The event will take place in the University Chapel in Doyle Hall and is open to the public.
The memorial service recognizes all forms of holocaust, especially the tragic murders of more than six million Jewish people during the Second World War.
“When we hear the word ‘Holocaust,’ we immediately think of World War II and the horrific murder of millions,” said Fr. Francis Di Spigno O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries. “Unfortunately, the reality of those horrific murders is not just something in the past but still present today. Even though the St. Bonaventure Holocaust memorial service will be grounded in the Jewish experience, our prayer will address the reality of today’s world and the sounds of racism, prejudice and evil that continue to echo among us.”
According to Di Spigno, the purpose of the service is to remind all of us of the larger world that is beyond our own personal experience.
“We live in a global world,” Di Spigno said. “We really need to be aware of what is happening in that world.”
The Holocaust memorial is a non-denominational service. People of all faiths are welcome to attend the event and reflect upon the atrocities of holocausts and the hope that can arise from a unity that is created when we recognize that all peoples deserve dignity and respect.
“It’s coming together as a people of goodwill and praying for peace,” said Di Spigno.
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