From Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D.
June 1, 2020
Dear Parents, Alumnae, Faculty and Staff, Students, and Friends,
The horrifying and shocking video of the killing of George Floyd has had a devastating effect on our entire nation, including members of the Notre Dame Preparatory School community. As people across the country seek outlets to express their outrage and frustration, we too are seeking ways to facilitate the important and necessary conversations that must take place within our community. Catholic Social Teaching, which has always been at the heart of an NDP education, compels us as Catholics and as people of goodwill to speak out against the sin of racism, to promote equality for all people, and to foster a peaceful and just world.
Though this challenging and unprecedented school year is ending, we have begun to help our students process these events in a thoughtful and productive way, to discuss how they are feeling, and what they would like to do as young women preparing to transform the world. This afternoon, more than 50 students from several grade levels met virtually with faculty and student members of NDP’s Diversity Council to address the fundamental issue of systemic racism. They offered many positive short- and long-term steps that can be taken, including those surrounding education and community building. Participants expressed gratitude for the opportunity to gather and agreed that the conversation needs to continue beyond the painful present moment. Tomorrow, at our end-of-year prayer service, we will join together as a school community and as a community of faith, to unite ourselves and the world through our prayers for healing, reconciliation, and unity.
Just as our prayers must continue, so too must our dialogue and our actions to end racism. Throughout our school’s history, NDP students have been witnesses to events that motivated them to pray, to think, to dialogue, and to act for change. Imbued with the charism of our founding School Sisters of Notre Dame, Catholic Social Teaching, and the values of the Gospel, Notre Dame Prep will continue to walk with our students as they determine their role in shaping a better future for everyone in our community, our country, and our world.
In Notre Dame,
Sister Patricia McCarron, SSND, Ph.D.