Glenmary president reacts to Fla. school shooting

Posted: 2/15/2018

Following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Glenmary Home Missioners president Father Chet Artysiewicz called for prayer and action.

The full statement is as follows:

“Glenmary Home Missioners, a community of believers in Jesus Christ, is deeply saddened by the tragic shooting that took place in a Florida school on Ash Wednesday. We offer our sincere prayers for those killed, and for the survivors of this heinous act.

Unfortunately, school shootings have become all too commonplace in our country. The Book of Psalms tells us, "Children are a heritage from the Lord" and today our nation's children remain in danger, waiting for the seemingly inevitable next shooting.

We call on those in positions of authority to seize the opportunity to urgently support efforts to learn the root cause of this continuing violence, and determine what can be done to prevent it in the future.

Today let us pray for our nation, that wisdom guides its decisions and that Christ bring peace into our hearts, comfort to the grieving and inspiration in us all to good works.”

Glenmary Home Missioners, founded in 1939, is a Catholic society of priests and brothers who, along with lay coworkers, are dedicated to establishing a Catholic presence in rural areas and small towns of the United States where the Catholic Church is not yet effectively present.