Dear Members of the Pope John Community,
I came across the following words of Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., President of Notre Dame University, from his homily at the Opening of the Academic Year Mass in celebration of the university’s 175th anniversary (August 26, 2017). I found his message not only appropriate for Notre Dame but for the community of Pope John XXIII Regional High School as well.
“Racism, anti-Semitism and hatreds of any kind are malignancies of the heart. If we allow these cancers to spread, they will destroy our community, our nation and ourselves. Yet we do not effectively counter them by hating the haters or doing violence to the violent. We counter them most by providing an example of a university community where we pursue truth openly, speak freely and at times disagree passionately, but show respect for those with whom we disagree and care for the community we share. We counter them by giving witness to a different set of values.”
May we also give witness by being An Honor to the Father, showing care and respect for all members of our school.
Rev. Msgr. Kieran McHugh