The Catholic University of America

Feb. 15, 2008

CUA President Expresses Sympathy to Northern Illinois University

Following the shootings at Northern Illinois University on Thursday, Feb. 14, CUA President Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., sent a letter to the university's president, John G. Peters, offering the "prayers and support" of the CUA community.

Below is a statement on the violence at NIU from Father O'Connell.

The Catholic University of America community embraces the community of Northern Illinois University in prayer and sympathy today as the news of yet another devastating campus tragedy spreads throughout our country. Although there is very little that can be done to prevent such senseless and tragic acts of violence, the response of a university campus is of critical importance. The victims of this horrific action are our sisters and brothers and we at The Catholic University of America mourn their loss and offer them to God in our prayer. We, likewise, pray for their families and friends, their professors and fellow students at NIU. We share their broken hearts and their pain in true solidarity. This incident at NIU, all too common in recent experience, is a sobering reminder to all of us of the precious value of every moment of life that God gives us and of its fragility and unpredictability. As we pray for all of those touched by this tragedy, let us also pray for an end to such violence. University and college campuses should be havens of peace in pursuit of the ultimate truth that our God is a God of love who calls us all to reflect his love in our world.