Dear Catholic School Community, The recent events and appalling murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others across our nation have served as a critical call for justice and transformation. Not only do these deaths tear at the fabric of our society, but so does every act of racism and discrimination that leads to and allows these deaths to happen.
As Bishop Cantú expressed in his letter this week, “Our church, at every level, must speak out unequivocally and work against the sin of racism.” We stand in solidarity with our Black families and affirm the absolute value of their lives. Black lives matter.
We are committed to supporting our schools as we seek to understand the lived experiences of our students, families, and the greater community. We acknowledge that we have significant work to do to fulfill our commitment to diverse and inclusive communities–to ensure that every child, especially our Black and students of color, feels welcome and has a voice, that everyone feels their culture and language is honored, that everyone has equitable opportunities for learning.
I ask for your prayers for the Black families in our Diocese and for our school communities as we strive for justice, peace, and an end to racism.
Yours in Christ,
Superintendent of Catholic Schools