NCEA Offers Prayers for Healing in the Face of Tragedy

The nation’s Catholic school communities unite in prayer following the tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Arlington, VA — The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) joins the nation and the world in prayer for comfort and healing for the victims and families affected by the tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

NCEA echoes the response of Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), who so eloquently called for prayer and comfort for the community of Parkland. "…May the mercy of God comfort the grieving families and sustain the wounded in their healing… I pray also for unity in seeking to build toward a society with fewer tragedies caused by senseless gun violence. Our hope is in the Lord, as he promised after his resurrection, 'behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age' (Mt. 28:20)." The full prayer and statement are available online.

"With heavy hearts, NCEA and Catholic school communities around the country stand united to offer prayers of solace for the families of the victims, the injured, the first responders and hospital staff and all of those in the Parkland community who have been touched by this brutality," said Thomas Burnford, president/CEO. "Together we pray that all of those affected will feel God’s compassion and comfort as they struggle to restore hope and security in their lives."

A prayer service has been posted on the NCEA website.

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