June 5, 2020
Dear NativityMiguel Community,
The last few months have been a time of increased anxiety and stress for all of us as we manage our lives in light of the coronavirus pandemic. We are mourning the deaths of over 100,000 Americans who have lost their lives to this disease, and countless others who have lost their jobs and financial security. More recently, our attention has been drawn to the horrific acts of violence perpetrated by police officers toward the African American community. We are particularly saddened by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmad Arbery, and the many others who have had brutal violence unjustly perpetrated against them. All of these instances demonstrate the systemic racism that exists in our country and the systems of oppression that prevent people of color from flourishing.
NativityMiguel School of Scranton recognizes the great challenges we face in our society and the numerous injustices faced by people of color. We are reminded of the Psalmist who says, “O Lord hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help.” We stand in solidarity with those who yearn for a more just and equitable society.
Our school was founded to educate students of all races and ethnicities by providing them with the tools needed to promote their own human flourishing, and that of their neighbor. We remain steadfast in our commitment to our mission: to provide a holistic, financially accessible education to students and graduates will be active in the process of disassembling systems of injustice and helping to build up the kingdom of God throughout their adult lives.
Especially during these difficult times, we realize the importance of our mission and our work to build a more sustainable and just world for all people. Please be assured that we continue to revisit our curriculum and seek out ways to celebrate our rich diversity as a school community. We continue to make available our school resources and our school counselors, Ms. Gina Spohr and Ms. Amanda Lara, who are available to meet with students and families to discuss the recent events or other topics on their mind throughout the summer.
As we approach the summer months, let us join together in prayer that our nation might experience a sense of peace and restoration. Please know that you and your families remain close to our heart.
Timothy P. Casey
Robert H. Angeloni