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October 30, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement in response to the recent murder of 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Our hearts ache at the horrific anti-Semitic crime that has claimed the lives of 11 of our Jewish brothers and sisters at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and injured six other people, including four police officers. We pray for the victims, their grieving families and friends, and the surrounding Squirrel Hill community as they mourn and seek healing.
There is no place in our country for the white nationalist rhetoric and too-often ensuing violence that has been savagely leveled against our black, brown, Muslim, Jewish, Native American, immigrant, and LBGTQ brothers and sisters. We are all God’s children, together comprising the beloved community of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream as inspired by Jesus.
We join with all people of faith and goodwill who refuse to let hatred and fear find a place in our hearts, kindling instead our capacity to love.
Members of the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Congregation are Sisters Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress; Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor; Sister Frances Nadolny, OP, Administrator and General Councilor; and Sisters Patricia Harvat, OP, and Elise D. García, OP, General Councilors.