On Wednesday March 14, the BK community paid tribute to the 17 lives that were lost in the most recent in a series of senseless acts of violence in our schools and in unity with those urging government leaders to enact laws to protect our school children.
Students were joined by administrators, faculty, and staff in the John Baldwin Athletic Center at 10:00 AM for a schoolwide prayer service recalling the tragic events that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14 and to pray for a speedy and peaceful resolution to this national concern. Principal Todd Orlando, Rev. Martin Raj, Deacon Robert DeLuca and members of the Student Council lead the service.
During the service that included music, Gospel and other liturgical readings, Student Government President Madeline Ward read the names of each of the 17 victims aloud. During the moment of silence that followed each name, a single long-stem rose was placed in a vase by Student Council representatives from all grade levels. After all 17 roses were placed in the vase, an 18th flower was also placed in memory of all other victims of gun violence this year.
As a Catholic school, Bishop Kenny supports this and other organized, peaceful, respect-life protests including the national March for Life in Washington, DC and the Jacksonville Stand for Life.