The message below was sent by Marymount University President Irma Becerra to students, staff, faculty and Board of Trustees members on Friday, February 25.
Dear Marymount Community,
Over the last few days, the world has witnessed an aggressive and unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine, sparking a conflict that may result in the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War. The Marymount community stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and we join the global call for peace.
Pope Francis has invited all, ‘believers and nonbelievers alike,’ to make Ash Wednesday, falling next week on March 2, a Day of Fasting for Peace. “Jesus taught us that the diabolical senselessness of violence is answered with God’s weapons, with prayer and fasting. I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war.”
Also, on Monday, February 28, Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington will be celebrating a Mass for Peace and Justice in Ukraine and Throughout the World at 12:05 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. All are invited to attend, and it will be livestreamed on the diocesan YouTube channel.
A reminder that counseling is available through Student Counseling Services for any Saints who wish to take advantage of these services – click here for contact and appointment information. For employees, we offer free, confidential counseling services through our Employee Assistance Program (click here for more information), as well as professional counseling and therapy services for employees covered by our CareFirst health care plan.
Please join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of Ukraine and all those affected by the growing crisis in Eastern Europe at this time.
Irma Becerra, Ph.D.