As a Jesuit apostolate with a commitment to cura personalis and a mission-based mandate to work for social justice, we are called to speak up as a community during times of injustice and social unrest.
One of the pillars of a Jesuit education is the commitment to doing justice. At De Smet Jesuit we add our voices to those expressing outrage at the horrific death of George Floyd. We express our solidarity with our African-American students and families.
We share our grief for this senseless loss of life and our heartbreak for the racism that pervades our society. At De Smet Jesuit, we will never tolerate violence, and work hard to proactively address conduct or speech that is hateful or racist.
As Catholics, we believe in the dignity of human life from conception until natural death. We must champion the dignity of life, of every life, for every day and moment in between. We must stand up peacefully and with resolve when we recognize systemic injustice. As an Ignatian community, we are called to walk with the poor, the marginalized, and those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice.
At the heart of everything we do is the call of our mission to live as men and women for and with others. There is no greater manifestation of our mission than standing as allies with all those whose daily life is characterized by fear, anxiety, and oppression because of discrimination, intolerance, and bias. We must do better at increasing our awareness and understanding of the lived experience of those who are different from us.
We ask you to join us in prayer for the eternal rest of the soul of George Floyd, for the healing of our communities and our nation, and for the wisdom and the courage to work for a more just world.
Kevin Ruder ’93
Kevin Poelker ’98