Please take a moment to read a message from President Day in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, VA.
This past weekend delivered yet another series of events fueled by hatred and intolerance. As a nation, we can observe such acts of violence and terror from a distance, view the images scattered across social media, and watch as ideologies that marginalize others continue to plague our society. However, what we see should not lead us toward complacency. It is times like these when we must act, especially as we strive to stand in solidarity with those who are subjected to bigotry — those whose voices are muffled by the oppressive rhetoric and actions born from intolerant ideologies.
We, as members of a community of faith, must stand firm in our condemnation of the violence that took place in Charlottesville, as well as all manifestations of hatred that far too often disrupt the constructive discourse that should be leading us forward as a nation. At Loyola Blakefield, we remain committed to being an institution that not only instills positive values and beliefs, but puts them into action on behalf of a better world. We work hard to mold young men who see themselves as key agents of change, not just for their own benefit, but also in the interest of others.
As you dwell on the events of this past weekend, please consider how you play an important role in a path that leads to unity. Follow in the footsteps of Christ and seek ways to be an outstretched arm to those residing on the margins. Consider the life of St. Peter Claver, S.J., who, without regard for the conflicting ideologies of his time, sought to serve victims of hate by showing them a love that the world had denied them.
As the leader of a Catholic Jesuit institution, I will not rest in our pursuit of growing as a community that serves as a beacon of hope and one that forms young people who know and live the words of our mission. Join me in praying for all those affected by the violence in Charlottesville. Further, join me as we are all called to action in the face of such events. Being comfortable with where we stand is no longer an option.
In these increasingly incendiary times, let our faith guide us to be a force that extinguishes bigotry, denounces intolerance, and combats the rising tide of enmity in our communities.
May you and your family be graced with God’s love, and may He continue to bless this great nation and guide those who choose to live in darkness to the light.
Mr. Anthony I. Day, P '15, '19President