In the wake of concluding a most unprecedented year that was 2020 and the recent outbreaks of violence in our nation's Capitol, I am confident that Bishop Lynch is a community that desires to hold a space for each other to comfort, explain, express regret, educate, form, and inspire each other to seek hope during traumatic and disruptive events in our world. As a faith community, we pray for an end to division and violence in our nation and for peace in our families. I know that the enduring legacy of the events last week in our nation's Capitol will not be the images of mobs storming the building, it will be what happened after, when the members of Congress returned to the chambers and worked together into the night to continue turning the wheels of our democracy.
As we engage each other in conversations and dialogue in the coming weeks, we should commit to the following: seek first to understand, exercise our critical thinking skills, show respect whether you think it has been earned or not, and be humble because no one person has all the answers. It is very appropriate as we approach the remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. next week, we recall his writings from the Letter from a Birmingham Jail that remind us we are all embraced in what he famously called a “single garment of destiny.” “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all directly.” We are better together, and, in our journey, we are reminded even in challenging times of God’s call for us to pursue virtue, collaboration, peace, and mutual care for one another and for all creation.
As you will read this week, we are continuing to plan spiritual, academic, and formation opportunities to help our students examine, understand, and grow while processing these current events. As our mission calls us to consider, the mantle of leadership for our country rests squarely on the shoulders of these students who walk our halls today. Our goal beyond graduation is centered around intentionally forming people For Mission. I am confident that together we can provide an environment where that invitation can be heard and the work that needs to be done can take place.
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963