I was heartbroken this weekend after learning about the unthinkable bloodshed that occurred in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, as innocent people were massacred during a sacred practice of their faith.
Anti-Semitism is a sin that has caused so much pain and suffering for our Jewish brothers and sisters for centuries, and all of us share in the responsibility to build a society where this kind of hatred and evil has no place.
Catholic Extension is an organization that has supported and built thousands of faith communities across the country, and an attack on any faith community is a violation of all that we stand for as Catholics.
Faith communities are the very bedrock of this nation, because they bind us together so that we can be prepared to transform our world into a place of peace and hope.
Over the years, I have been so moved by the funding we have received from the Jewish community to support Catholic Extension’s mission of building Catholic churches, training future Catholic leaders and clergy, and extending Catholic ministries to the marginalized.
As a people of faith, our Jewish donors have identified with the mission of Catholic Extension and our core values.
Therefore, at this very difficult hour for our Jewish brothers and sisters, I would like to express Catholic Extension’s solidarity by making a gift of $10,000 to the Tree of Life Synagogue.
I ask you, our donors, funding recipients, and followers to join me in offering heartfelt prayers for our nation; for an increase in love and respect among our diverse citizenry, and for an end to senseless violence spurred by hatred. May the words of the prophet Ezekiel be fulfilled in our midst, “I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (36:26).
We also pray for the innocent people who lost their lives and for their grieving families. May God grant them his comfort and peace.
With heartfelt regards,
Fr. Jack Wall