June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016: Offering Prayers in the Wake of the Orlando Violence

On Sunday, the Creighton community awoke to discover the tragic news being shared worldwide, that the worst mass shooting in U.S. history had occurred during the night in Orlando, Florida. As many people in Omaha and around the world followed the ongoing media coverage, we also learned that this is likely a hate crime targeted at the LBGT community.

Whether it is because of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or other important realities of our lives, no individual or group should ever be forced to live in fear. Hate crimes have no place in our society, yet they continue to occur. 

While many of you may be feeling helpless right now, I encourage you to continue praying for the victims and their families, including renewing your support for efforts to end violence and discrimination in our world. We must always be focused on upholding the dignity of every human life. As a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning, and as alumni, faculty, friends, staff, and students of such an institution, our stewardship of ideals and actions faith, service, and justice are always needed. 

In the words of Pope Francis, “We want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace.” In our University community, let us remain committed to always being women and men for and with others. 

Please join me in solidarity and prayer at a Mass for the Dead on Tuesday, June 14, at noon at St. John’s Church for the victims, family, and friends of the Orlando massacre. 
In Christ, 
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J.