York Catholic Family,
The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 has left the world, our nation, our community, and each of us experiencing a variety of emotions including sadness, anger, and horror. It is disheartening that actions of hate and injustice continue in our society. It is clear there is much more progress to be made.
In the last week and a half, the York Catholic community has proven, across social media and through other communication channels, it stands for what is right and just, reinforcing the values of faith, family, and mutual respect for all of mankind. We are proud. With each graduating class, we become more confident that our future is bright.
As Mr. Dan Breen, Superintendent and Secretary of Education for the Diocese of Harrisburg, stated in his address to the senior class of 2020, “the world desperately needs you!” The world needs young men and women who will peacefully work for justice, defending the dignity and sanctity of all human life, and using the values and lessons instilled during their formative years of Catholic Education.
As a community, we must continue to stand strong together to ensure our Catholic Christian faith and values permeate every corner, from our care for our students and their families while they are in our halls to the mandate to serve the global community, leaving it better than we found it.
During these times, we must rely on our faith in Christ and faith in each other, which unite us. We must rely on our Christian values where discrimination, injustice, violence, and hatred are sins that will not be tolerated. And we must not allow the political rhetoric to divide us, but rather be united in our values and our voice. We must “love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.” And we must “love our neighbor as ourselves.” For “on these two commandments depend all the law.” (Matthew 22)
May we all continue to believe in the power of the York Catholic community and remain proud of our collective voice for peace and justice. We encourage our students, faculty, and alumni to engage in personal conversation, continue to listen with open hearts, always strive for better understanding, and grow as a supportive community of love and respect.
Mrs. Katie Seufert ‘96
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