Dear Hilbert Community,
It is with a heavy heart that I send this email. Saturday afternoon, the City of Buffalo experienced a devastating and horrific tragedy. A tragedy that was motivated by hate. I am overwhelmed with emotions. I am angry, sad, but most of all, I am heartbroken.
Yesterday, innocent people lost their lives simply because of the color of their skin and others lost their lives simply because of the space they occupied. Let us be clear, this was a hate crime that inflicted our community. We are all shocked and deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence. Our thoughts are with the victims, their families, and with the entire WNY community. As members of the Hilbert College community, we send our deepest condolences and prayers to every family affected by this tragedy.
Please continue to check on one another as we display and convey God’s love to all people.
Let us recognize our call to heal, to unite and to advocate for racial equity and let us also pray for a change of heart for all those who harbor within themselves hatred for others.
Listed below are a few resources for those in need:
Hilbert College Student Counseling Center
Crisis Services 716-831-3434
Mass will be offered Tuesday at 11:00am in St. Clare Chapel for the victims and their families.
In addition, the following link is for a prayer service sponsored by Catholic Charities and scheduled for this Tuesday at 7pm Eastern time.
All are welcomed to attend. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7045696888 Meeting ID No. 704 569 6888 | By phone - +1 929 205 6099
Finally, I will be available this week, M - Th between 9:00am – 2:00pm to meet with students, faculty, and staff, who simply need to talk or need a listening ear.