In Response to Shooting, Br. Norman Calls for Prayer, Work for Dignity and Respect for All

by Public Relations | Oct 29, 2018

Oct. 29, 2018

In response to Saturday’s shooting of 11 members worshiping at a Squirrel Hill synagogue, College President Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B., invited members of the community to take part in services of remembrance and to work for greater respect for all.

“We are all shocked and saddened by the news this weekend of the horrific shooting during worship at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,” he wrote in a message to the campus community. “We hold all those affected by the shooting in our hearts and prayers, and we pledge to work for dignity and respect for all.”

He noted that Saint Vincent is a member of the Westmoreland Diversity Coalition, and is supporting a “Vigil for the Victims: Standing in Solidarity,” to be held at 6 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 29, at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, 2 N. Main St., Greensburg.

A Shabbat Service of Solidarity, including leaders of various faiths, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at Congregation Emanu-El Israel, 222 N. Main St. in Greensburg, which you are also welcome to attend.

“I encourage you all to take part in this event to remember the victims of this senseless shooting and to stand in solidarity with the members of this congregation, and to take part in our own remembrance at 9:15 p.m. Thursday in the Mother, Mary of Wisdom Student Chapel,” he said, adding, “A tragedy of this magnitude should not only move us to remembrance; it should also move us to action. I ask that each of us, in our own way, promote love, dignity and respect through our words and our actions."

“God be with the victims and their families, and all those affected by this tragedy,” he said.

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