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Binghamton Tragedy: God's Love and Peace Be with You
Peace to you, our “dear neighbors," especially at this time the people of the Southern Tier, as we prepare to begin the holiest week of the liturgical year.
The tragic shooting that took place at the American Civic Association in Binghamton is within walking distance of St. Patrick’s Parish and Convent where some of our sisters and associates live and serve. We spoke to one of our sisters last night. You can imagine that they and the people of the city are in shock in the face of this tragedy. Some of them participated in a prayer service last evening, and all are trying to be present to one another and cope with the situation as best they can.
We express our deep sorrow to the people of Binghamton, New York; the families, friends and colleagues who have lost loved ones; the employees and staff of the Civic Association; the perpetrator and his family. Our sisters have served in various ministries in Binghamton since 1862. Lourdes Hospital, where some of the victims were taken for treatment, is part of Ascension Health, the healthcare system which we cosponsor. So often, we say to one another: “Where one of us is, all of us are.” Today and in the days to come, we are there with all of you in Binghamton.
In these and the days and weeks ahead let all of us “be there” with our sisters and associates and all of our “dear neighbors” in the Binghamton area. We hold all of you in prayer and send much healing energy, love, care and compassion.
The Congregational Leadership Team
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
St. Louis, MO
The Province Leadership Team
Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet