OLMA Students Take Action with Prayer
In a show of support for the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, FL, OLMA students put prayer to work during a special service held this morning. It began inside the OLMA Chapel and ended with a procession outside where the names of each of the 17 victims were read aloud followed by the tolling of a bell.
“Acts of violence, like the recent school shooting in Parkland, FL, affect us all and, as high school students, we become connected to these victims,” said OLMA junior, Maria Eaise. “As the rising generation, we feel the need to voice our concerns about our future and speak out to help create positive change. We think Parkland should evoke a greater feeling of responsibility among teenagers and a realization that now, more than ever, we need to value and be grateful for life.”
Eaise, joined by classmates, Samantha McBurrows and Alex Bisignaro, were among the 40 high school students who met with Diocese of Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan recently to discuss the Parkland, FL, tragedy and how to take action in a meaningful way. “When our students returned from the meeting with Bishop Sullivan, I asked them to work together to plan something we could do as a school in honor of all victims of violence,” said Brooke Coyle, Head of School. “They decided that the prayer service that we held today was the best way to convey our collective sorrow for what has happened, as well as our hope for the future.”
Located in Newfield, NJ, Our Lady of Mercy Academy is South Jersey’s premier Catholic high school for young women. Through a challenging academic curriculum, diverse extra-curricular program, hands-on leadership experience, and the spirit of sisterhood, OLMA students thrive and are forever bonded in faith and friendship. For more information, visit the OLMA website at www.olmanj.org, or call (856) 697-2008.
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