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Pray for Our Country
Posted 07/11/2016 02:56PM

We have all been shocked and deeply saddened in recent days by the deaths at the hands of police officers of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, followed by the killing of five police officers who lost their lives protecting the principle of non-violence at a peaceful rally in Dallas, Texas last week.

As we seek to honor the memories of all those killed in these tragic events, St. Joseph’s Prep will fly its flag at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, July 13. Please keep the families of Mr. Sterling, Mr. Castile and all the officers who were injured or killed in Dallas in your thoughts and prayers.

Last week left many in our community numb, but from our grief, God will lead us to reflect and engage our minds and hearts to seek a way forward. I believe that all true educators are searching our souls to ask how our life’s work can create a greater difference for our students who feel pain and confusion because of these losses. We who work and study together at the Prep must respond.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said:

“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

I look forward to the start of the school year, when we can continue to learn about and discuss the serious issues that are causing such pain, hardship and division in our country. At the Prep, the work we do together must help create a more just, equitable, safe and loving society for all.


Rev. John W. Swope, SJ ’72

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
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