The Sisters of the Precious Blood stand in prayer and solidarity with all who have lost loved ones to gun violence.
In response to Buffalo’s mass shooting on May 14, we denounce white supremacist violence and hatred, and we stand with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as they assert: “In the wake of the horror of Buffalo, we rededicate ourselves to LCWR’s commitment to dismantle systemic racism and white privilege and effect transformative change in our hearts, our organization, and our society and we pledge anew to build God’s beloved community.”
The full statement from LCWR is available here.
In response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, the gunman’s motive remained unknown at the time this statement was written. But regardless of the motive, we Sisters of the Precious Blood refuse to accept gun violence in any form as a normal and accepted part of our society.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence estimates that 321 people are shot in the United States every day. Of those, 111 people are shot and killed every day.
As we recall the experience of our local area with the mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District in 2019 — when hatred took nine lives, and the lives of countless others were forever changed by grief and loss — we continue to mourn with all who have lost loved ones to gun violence, whether during a mass shooting or in the individual acts of violence that occur each day.
The Sisters of the Precious Blood remain committed to taking action to dismantle racism and work for peace as we continue our mission to be a reconciling, life-giving presence in our fractured world.