Remarks by President John J. DeGioia
Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Haiti
January 15, 2010
I wish to thank all of you for coming. A community comprised of such diversity is often impacted in such circumstances. Events such as this often touch the lives of members of our community and this moment is no different.
Our deepest sympathies go to those who have lost family and friends, and for those who await news of their safety.
None of us can ever comprehend the magnitude of this tragedy.
Haiti has long been a struggling and suffering nation - its people coping with profound poverty.
For a nation - with so much need even before this tragic earthquake - the challenges ahead are hard to comprehend.
This afternoon, the images, and the voices, of the earthquake victims are with us. The voices suddenly silenced; the voices raised in mourning; and the voices still crying out for rescue.
Members of the Georgetown family have been directly affected. Some are still waiting and wondering, hoping and praying they will hear from their loved ones in Haiti.
In the words of the Prophet Isaiah (58:7) "This is what I wish .. Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own."
We must do our part to help those in need in Haiti.
Here on campus - the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service - working closely with the Caribbean Culture Circle, and other students, faculty and staff—will be collecting donations and coordinating fundraising for immediate relief and rescue.
As we move forward, we will seek ways to provide the support of this University Community to support the people of Haiti.
Even as our hearts have reached out from this Hilltop -- let us give all that we can. Let us give comfort those in mourning and reach those in suffering.
Let us answer our call as women and men for others.