“Love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”
—Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Former Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Parents, Students, and Friends,
This has been a difficult week in our nation and our city. I am grieved by George Floyd’s killing and the aftermath of violence. As a Jesuit school, we are called to work for justice and reconciliation—and this aspect of our mission has never been more necessary and, perhaps, has never been more difficult.
For more than 200 years, our nation’s Jesuit schools, from middle schools to high schools to universities, have used education as our tool for promoting integral human excellence in our students. This excellence is not for the sake of personal gain, but rather for moral citizenship that seeks to promote justice. This justice requires that we act against the overt yet unrecognized racism that exists in our community and even in our own hearts. Our work takes time, but our work has made a difference for the good. It is still imperfect and ongoing.