Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Grieving With Our Brothers and Sisters

March 19, 2019

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

We in the Loyola University Chicago community offer our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to our Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide, and especially to the victims and families and communities affected by the Islamophobic terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.

This attack upon Muslims at prayer is an attack on the sacred dignity of all human beings and a horrific violation of the human right to religious freedom. We stand in sympathy and solidarity with the Islamic community and repudiate the supremacist ideologies that drive such acts of violent hate. We must continue through prayer, reason, dialogue, and action to work against this malignant global threat.

As a Jesuit, Catholic university committed to the pursuit of understanding and inclusion of all communities of faith, Loyola values deeply all that we share with other faith traditions. We also commit ourselves to interfaith collaboration with support for our Muslim students, staff, and faculty. We strive to live this mission every day. We believe the University serves not only itself and its students but is called to be a force for justice and peace in society, above all, in defense of the poor and marginalized.

Tragedies such as this remind us how important that mission is. Thank you for all you do to advance education, peace, and social justice.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

The President's Cabinet