Letter to Our Catholic Schools

Dear Catholic School Educators,

Like many of you, all of us here at the National Catholic Educational Association have been following the events that have unfolded in Kenosha, Wisconsin - the shooting of Jacob Blake, the protests and tension within the community and the collective reckoning of our nation with the pernicious sin of racism. We are compelled by our call as disciples of Christ to recognize that, when an institutional sin like racism rears its ugly head in numerous ways, we must seek to be as relentless in our advocacy against it as the Father’s love is relentless in the pursuit of our hearts.

Our call as disciples also compels us to strive for solidarity, which as St. John Paul II writes, is “a firm and persevering determination to...the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.” Mr. Blake’s three children, who saw their father shot in front of their eyes, are equal in their inherent dignity, worth and beauty as the young people who are entrusted to our care in our schools.

Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Monica, whose journey of discipleship was characterized by fervent, lifelong love and devotion to Christ for her son. When we reflect on the litany of sons and daughters victimized by the stain of racism, we must be attuned to the desperate cries and pleas of their mothers, wives, fathers, husbands, sons and daughters crying for mercy and justice. Our vocation, crafted in the image and likeness of Christ the Teacher, calls us to address the sin of racism directly and not turn our gaze away.

We invite you to pray with us - to pray that seeking Christ through the eyes of faith means that our hearts are mended and formed to be “our brother’s keeper.” We challenge you to pray and use that prayer to act in solidarity in your classrooms, conversations and interactions to break the cycle of dehumanization that allows injustice to manifest. We call on you to draw upon the strength and the love so deeply rooted in your school communities to collectively seek justice, healing and reparation.

St. Monica, patron saint of mothers, pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, pray for us.

Yours in Christ,

Kathy Mears
Interim President/CEO
National Catholic Educational Association


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