Dear Campus Community,
With the posting this morning of criminal charges in the death of police-detainee Freddie Gray and the series of demonstrations planned across Baltimore for today and tomorrow, including a peaceful demonstration on Charles Street this afternoon by our own students, I call together the entire Notre Dame of Maryland University community to continue to pray for peace, to work for justice, and to embrace the words of our foundress to “trust and dare” in God’s plan for all people. Many in our NDMU community – and in this city we share – are suffering.
Throughout its long history, NDMU has been faithfully invested in social responsibility and justice, most especially for its people and the city around us. We must continue this work, and expand upon it. Today and in the immediate days ahead, we must draw more deeply than ever upon our belief in the power of transformation to open our minds and hearts to create change. Our community has come together in discussions, activities, and in planning for events where we listen, talk and learn. Whatever your faith tradition, I encourage you to join our prayer vigil on Monday, May 4th at 4 pm at the Peace Pole in front of Doyle Hall and to participate in a community roundtable discussion on Tuesday, May 5th (time and location forthcoming).
Our foundress, Mother Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, also said, “Where there is peace, there is God; where God, there is every good.” By our prayers and through our actions, each of us as individuals can contribute to the collective healing of our city.
Marylou Yam, Ph.D.