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Praying for the Families of Uvalde, TX

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Dear Georgian Court Community Members,

The mass shooting yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, has evoked shock, sadness, grief, and a collective sense of loss. It feels like I just shared these same sentiments last week following the tragedy in Buffalo, where families are still burying their dead.

We struggle to find words, but there are times when no words come to us.

We can, however, unite ourselves with the bereaved and broken-hearted. Please set aside a moment of prayerful silence today to “dwell” with the victims of the senseless and horrific school shooting: the 19 children and 2 adults who were killed, their devastated families and friends who now struggle to go on while bearing the unimaginable, and the devastated community of Uvalde.

Please pray for teachers, who must pretend that everything is “normal” as they educate young children this week. Pray for parents who are nervous and anxious today because 19 innocent youngsters were killed at school less than 24 hours ago. Pray for the shooter’s grandmother, who is fighting for her life, and for our country as we look for constructive ways forward.

Today is a day for care, reflection, and introspection. At the right time, we will set aside another moment to re-commit ourselves, in Mercy, to the way of peace and nonviolence. 

For now, I invite you to revisit and share our prayer for nonviolence, which was a focal point during Critical Concerns Week 2022: 

Hear us, O God, as we pray for the conversion of our hearts and for a commitment to peace among nations, beginning with our own: We repent of and renounce every form of violence: our trust in guns more than grace, our greed, our grudges, our prejudice and intolerance, our silence and inaction when we hear the cry of the poor and persecuted. Help us to proclaim your reign of peace by working for justice. Help us to resist evil without resorting to hate. May it be so. May we so do. 


Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.

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Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 16 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.

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