We join with all of the other Mercy schools and with all the Sisters of Mercy around the world in standing as one against the horrific act of violence directed at the Christchurch Muslim community.
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas hold our Muslim sisters and brothers around the world, and the people and our Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand, in prayerful solidarity.
The attack in New Zealand was grounded in hatred, racism, xenophobia and islamophobia—none of which have a place in our world. We have become all too familiar with these acts as the tide of violence continues.
As people of faith, it is imperative that we unite in calling for an end to white supremacist and anti-immigrant views which sow fear and embolden these acts of terror. As we struggle with what concrete response we can make, it is our role to be sure that American Muslims feel the support of their neighbors in the midst of this climate of hate. We must show up for our Muslim neighbors.
We are one people in the eyes of God. There is no place for these ideologies that seek only to divide. We strongly believe that an approach of education, acceptance and active nonviolence is the answer.
We hold fast to the truth that houses of worship should, and always will be, places of peace and safety.
No act of terror will take that away.
Sister Carolyn Krohn, RSM, Ph.D.
Head of School
Mercy High School, San Francisco