Marist School stands with Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. and affirms his Holy Week statement on the sin of racism.
In it, the archbishop states, “As your shepherd, I confess and own the fact that racism exists both individually and structurally in our own archdiocesan Chancery, in our parishes, and in our schools. To those who have experienced racism, I care deeply about what has happened to you, and I apologize for our failure to condemn the violation of your human dignity. It grieves me to know that I cannot undo the harm that has been done. It is my hope that my apology for the sins of our past can serve as a prologue for our path forward towards healing and reconciliation.”
"The archbishop certainly expresses my own beliefs and sentiments and those of Marist School," said Marist School President Fr. Bill Rowland, S.M. Last year, Marist School committed itself, in the words of Archbishop Hartmayer, to “eradicating the sin of racism at all levels in this local church” and to “prioritize the celebration of all our diverse communities in the archdiocese through measures of promoting the intercultural competency and the development of ministry leaders in our communities and institutions.”
Marist School has prioritized precisely what the archbishop has identified as measures needing to be undertaken. As we enter into the Paschal Triduum, we seek to make holy this week. We also pledge to make holy every facet of Marist School life so that it may reflect the values and priorities of the Kingdom of God, “where ignorance and fear of the other is dispelled through mutual recognition and respect of our shared human dignity.” (Archbishop Hartmayer, OFM, Conv.)
You can read the entirety of Archbishop Hartmayer's Holy Week statement on the sin of racism here.
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