Fr. Hendrickson addresses the crisis in Israel and Palestine
The following was a message sent to Creighton Univeristy faculty, staff and students on Oct. 11, 2023.
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
My heart goes out to all those who are suffering due to the growing crisis in the Middle East. With so many innocent people killed, and families torn apart through depraved acts of violence, the last few days have been incredibly difficult to witness. Let us all continue to pray for an end to this bloodshed that has only served to deepen painful divisions.
My thoughts are also with all those with ties to Israel and Palestine. I know that many of you have family, friends, or colleagues who are directly impacted by these devastating events. I am deeply troubled that instances of terrorism and war are so frequent in our world, with the senseless deaths of civilians continuing to be at the center of these tragedies. Recognizing that many of us are experiencing a mix of fear, anger, and disbelief at the events unfolding in the region, we must strive to cultivate a greater capacity for compassion toward one another.
I encourage our community to find ways to reach out to others and let them know they are cared for and loved. Creighton University stands ready to welcome anyone who may need space to discuss, reflect, pray, and grieve. Resources exist for our community through Student Counseling Services, Campus Ministry, the Creighton Intercultural Center, Office of Student and Family Support, and the Employee Assistance Program. We must always remember that caring for ourselves is the first step to caring for others.
Remember, also, that Creighton is a place where everyone is welcome. Discrimination and violence against individuals or groups is unacceptable. One of the greatest strengths of our Creighton community is our Jesuit, Catholic mission, which teaches us to be compassionate people who are for and with others.
Let us continue to work for peace, support each other during these uncertain times, and pray for the well-being of the citizens of Israel and Palestine. May we all find a path toward light, leave darkness behind, heal our souls, and put an end to the cycle of suffering.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD
President, Creighton University