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Sad Day for Our City

by Sister Jenny Wilson

Dear Mercy Community,


Yesterday was a sad day for our city. The shooting that occurred at the Jefferson Ave Tops is now national news. The violence that was perpetrated on members of our community is hard to understand and process. Our Mercy family has current students and former students from all parts of the city. One of our families lives two blocks from where the shooting occurred. The student and her family are safe. We are forming a plan to meet with students on Tuesday morning when we return to school. Mercy faculty and staff will be available to support students and families during this time. 

We would like to take this moment to offer our condolences to all those affected in any way by this unnecessary act of violence on innocent people in our beloved city. Hate and Evil against anyone of any race does not belong in our world. 

The Erie County Department of Mental Health will have mental health counselors available today at the Johnny B. Wiley Center from 9am - 9pm located at 1100 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, and everyone is welcome. Our Mercy community will respond with prayers and discussion on Tuesday morning. Today at 3:30 p.m, Bishop Sean Rowe of the Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, will lead a virtual prayer service on Zoom and Facebook Live. Details are available on the Episcopal Dioceses website. Pastor Julian Cook from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting a citywide interfaith prayer service at 4 p.m. with religious leaders from across the city in attendance. 

We will continue to communicate with our families this week after we return on Tuesday. Blessings, 

Michele Melligan 

Head of School 

Sister Jenny Wilson 

Theology Teacher 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator

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