Statement of Solidarity
Respecting and valuing human life is one of our core tenets at SJND, and while we live it every day, we recognize that this is not enough. As an institution we wanted to clearly and unequivocally state our stance on recent events.
The injustices Black Americans face in our country including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, and countless others, must stop. Now is not the time for us to be silent but to be an agent for change in our communities, our country and our world.
As a Catholic school, the life and teachings of Jesus Christ inspire us to speak out. It is Jesus who taught that the greatest and most important commandment was to love God with all our heart, soul and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourself.
When a keen follower of Jesus posed the question to him about who is his neighbor, Jesus responded with a radical answer in the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is not the one with whom we simply share ethnic or religious ties. “Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” Jesus asked. “He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Racism, hate, and indifference are the antithesis of God’s love and what we stand for at SJND. With the grace of God, we will fight to eradicate these evils from our communities. As one of the most diverse schools in the country, SJND will be a witness to the world of what true neighborly love is. To all of our students, we are so proud of you and your example of kindness, compassion, and solidarity.
To our black students, we hear you, we see you, we support you, and we love you. You matter.
To our community, we promise to uphold our vision of developing confident, open-minded, and effective leaders who are ready to live joyful lives of faith, scholarship, and service.
Let us pray for healing and peace in our world and that we may continue to be people of courage, hope and faith.
Julianne Guevara Fr. Mario Rizzo
Principal Parochial Administrator
St. Joseph Notre Dame High School St. Joseph Basilica