In light of the recent tragedies impacting the Asian American community, and to ask for God's intercession to confront the evil of racism and violence, Austin Prep hosted a mass on Monday, March 22 to celebrate a Liturgy for Peace and Justice. Fr. Jorge Reyes, OSA, Director of Mission and Inclusion, presided over the Liturgy and Fr. Patrick Armano, School Chaplain, concelebrated. The Liturgy took place in the Chapel of St. Augustine and was live streamed across campus for faculty, staff, and students, as well as for students learning remotely from home. Because of social distancing, only a small delegation of students and staff were able to attend in person.
The liturgy was held, in part, in response to the violence last week in Atlanta in which 8 people were murdered, most of whom were of Asian descent. “As an Augustinian Catholic community, we are outraged and horrified by the loss of life and condemn all acts of violence and all acts of racism,” Head of School James Hickey, Ph.D. said. “Every act of racism and violence is a failure to acknowledge and respect that we are created in God’s image and that every human person has worth and dignity.”
Student lectors at the service included Faith Moran ’21, Brianna Fountain, ’21, Maddie Wakelin ’24 and Bella Conte ’24.