Students, faculty, staff and alumni respond, react, reflect during COVID-19 global pandemic
When life changed for the whole world and we all were called to respond, people found meaningful ways to reach out, support, inform, reflect, connect, cope, serve, learn, innovate, navigate and hunker down, all with a shared purpose of helping those within their reach. The diverse efforts revealed the beauty of our world’s varied gifts, charitable spirit and heartfelt compassion. In each new day, we renew our deep appreciation and intense gratitude for the essential workers who care for us, the technology that connects us, the leadership that guides us, and the outstretched hands that help us.
In the months since our campus community dispersed, our Stritch family has remained united in a shared Franciscan spirit, bringing caring, compassion, peace and reverence for creation into the wider world through our intentional efforts and outreach in this unprecedented time in history. Read for yourself the ways our faculty, staff, students and alumni encountered, contemplated and responded to their situations at home and work, to our worldwide Stritch family, to loved ones and strangers alike, and to an ever-evolving global crisis. With deep pride, heartfelt care and never-ending amazement, we share the following links with you.
If you want to share your own submission to this collection – a story, video, link, reflection, photo or more – email firstname.lastname@example.org. New stories and links will continue to be added to this page as the challenges of the pandemic evolve, so revisit this page at any time.
Pace e bene.
COVID-19: A prayer of solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Be with us, Lord.
A prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
To learn more about current protocols and plans, visit Cardinal Stritch University's response to COVID-19.