Prayers for Lasting Change

NCEA shares the grief and weariness of a nation, a city, a school caught in gun violence.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) acknowledges the nation’s struggle to find common ground that will initiate a path to check gun violence and help strengthen school safety. Healing prayers are offered for all of those affected by the recent violence at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

In the wake of another school shooting, NCEA joins the community of Catholic schools and the Catholic Church in an effort to find a national call to action to curb gun violence and especially for the care and protection of all school communities.

NCEA President/CEO Dr. Thomas Burnford said, "We have been here before and as much as we pray we will not witness another horror such as the recent one in Santa Fe, we again implore politicians and leaders to work harder, yes tirelessly, to help change this course of senseless violence. Along with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and a myriad of other likeminded organizations we are dedicated to peacebuilding and reasonable firearm legislation, restorative justice and access to comprehensive health care."

NCEA continues to maintain resources on school safety and gun violence. A prayer service is available on the NCEA website. Recent blog contributions from Cari White, director of Campus Ministry at St. Edward High School in Lakewood Ohio and Jodee Blanco, best-selling author of Please Stop Laughing at Me, on the topic also are available on NCEATalk, a Catholic School Education Blog.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Talking with children about disasters and the aftermath of violence

American Psychological Association
Talking with children about recent gun violence

American School Counselor Association
Helping Students During Crisis
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
School violence explanation
General safety tips for schools

Center for Mental Health (UCLA)
Threat assessment for schools

Congregation for Catholic Education, The Vatican
Guidelines for dialogue for building a "civilization of love"

Department of Education
Facts related to gun violence in schools

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Guidelines to develop a school safety plan

Homeland Security
Resources for active shooter preparedness
Workshop information and opportunity

National Association of School Psychologists
Responding to school violence: tips for administrators

National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
Emergency response to crisis checklist

National Institutes of Mental Health
General mental health information regarding children and adolescents

The Children's Hospital, Los Angeles
Q-and-A about talking to children

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Talking with children about shootings

National Catholic Partnership on Disability
Information on what parishes can do to help those with mental illnesses

Notre Dame University, Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE)
Mental health and wellness survey

Domestic Justice and Education Chairmen Urge Concrete Actions to Address Scourge of Gun Violence
A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence
Confronting a Culture of Violence: A Catholic Framework for Action
Contact your legislators


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