Dear Friends and Alumni,
Many of you have reached out during this challenging time of COVID-19. You have provided words of encouragement, supported student scholarships, and asked how you could help our community. I send my sincere gratitude for your support, concern, and prayers. Your generosity extends the University of Saint Mary mission well beyond the borders of our campus. Thank you!
In recent weeks, we were stunned by the senseless death of George Floyd. The University of Saint Mary community joins our voices, our prayers, our hearts, and our actions with all who are outraged and saddened and all who believe in the God-given dignity of each and every human person.
Racism, in any form, is a denial of a person’s basic human worth and dignity. As a nation that states we are a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, we must speak against disregard for human life and act to stop racism in its many forms.
Throughout these last few months, I have been reminded that we are all – each and every person – a cherished child of God. Our call is to remain connected, to cherish those we love, and support our neighbors – whoever and wherever they may be.
Let our response be one of faith and hope that calls us back to the Gospel, back to our care of one another. May we learn anew that meaning comes from quality conversations and gatherings. May we see anew God’s face in one another and all we meet.
We at Saint Mary continue to hold all of you in our prayers – our friends, alumni, students, faculty, and staff.
I ask that you continue to hold us in prayer as we prepare to welcome our students back to campus this fall with mitigation strategies to keep us all healthy and safe.
Sister Diane Steele, SCL, Ph.D., C’83