Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Our Prayers and Our World

April 23, 2019

We woke up on Easter Sunday to the news of mass murders in three Catholic Churches and popular hotels in Sri Lanka.  The juxtaposition of innocents killed on a day that Christians celebrate by proclaiming the resurrection of Christ is jarring.  We pray for all those affected by this despicable act of terror carried out against these families.

As with last year’s Tree of Life Synagogue killings in Pittsburgh and last month’s attack on mosques in New Zealand, this heartless assault on human beings in sacred spaces is an assault on all humanity.  Attacks perpetrated on worshippers are attacks on the sacred dignity of all. Once again, we stand in solidarity with humanity and repudiate deadly supremacist ideologies. 

As a Jesuit, Catholic university deeply committed understanding, inclusion, and respect for all, we must continue to advance understanding and reconciliation.

Please join me in praying for an end to hate-filled violence, and let us continue to work to end the racism and religious hatred that fuel acts of discrimination and terror.  Let us keep the more than 320 murdered victims of these terrible events in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers, as well as the injured and the grieving.

Despite our sadness and outrage, we remember the importance of our mission to shine faith, hope, and love into the darkness. Thank you for all you do to carry that work forward.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD