All of the events that have occurred in recent weeks have filled everyone with a sense of uncertainty that we did not experience before September 11. Uncertainty is, perhaps, one of the most difficult aspects of dealing with any potential threat and it yields anxiety and worry.
I do not want to add to any anxiety by writing a lengthy letter but I feel it is important to let our parents and friends know that the Catholic University administration is doing everything within its power to reduce the level of anxiety on campus, to keep our students calm and focused, to maintain a normal campus schedule and to ensure that the entire community here is secure and prepared to respond to emergency situations that could arise on campus, however unlikely that may be given our location within a residential neighborhood. University officials remain in contact with federal and regional agencies and have met internally several times to review all campus emergency plans and scenarios. After meeting with staff this afternoon and officials from other universities in Washington, I believe we are in good order at CUA. I thought that it was important to let you know that.
Next weekend is “Family Weekend” here on campus. I am sure that your daughters and sons will be happy to see you, especially since they will be finishing up their mid-term examinations by the time you arrive! I also look forward to greeting you, as I do each year, and to celebrating Mass in the Basilica with you next Saturday afternoon.
Always be assured that the safety and well being of our students - your daughters and sons - and everyone at CUA is our uppermost priority. May the good Lord continue to keep us all in his watchful and loving care!
Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M.