Over the weekend, the Q Club, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, suffered a brutal attack on the eve of Transgender Awareness Day, a day to honor and recognize those individuals who have fallen to senseless anti-trans violence.
We grieve with those who are affected by this horrific act of violence. These types of actions, including the recent violence in our schools and universities, continue to erode the safety and dignity that we, as a human family, should all share.
The Duluth Benedictines continue to affirm the 2013 statement of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses: “As Benedictine monastic women we stand united in a 1500-year tradition, rooted in Gospel values of peace and non-violence. Our Benedictine way of life requires us not only to be people of peace but also to foster peace in the society around us. That peace is based on right relationships and mutual respect. Any violation of the rights and integrity of people, of the land, and of the environment is an act of violence.”
We denounce the recent violence that has impacted so many communities in our world and we extend our support and prayers for those who are suffering today. We pray that those injured may heal and that families and friends will be able to help each other through these tragedies.
Sister Beverly Raway, Prioress, St. Scholastica Monastery