Today, we celebrate with the nation the commemoration of the official end of slavery in our country. We celebrate with joy because it marks the end of something evil. It marks the end of a time when people did not recognize, because of race or national origin, the sanctity that dwells in every human person.
Saint Vincent College was founded upon the Benedictine Hallmarks, two of which include hospitality and community. As our founder Boniface Wimmer said, “to all who knock, welcome.” We embrace each and every member of our community and we condemn all forms of hatred, bigotry and discrimination.
Juneteenth serves as a reminder that there is still much work to do as a society to end the scourges of racism and discrimination.
Let us reflect upon the significance of Juneteenth, learn more about its history, recognize those who work to advance the causes of equality, sanctity and freedom, and resolve to embrace the heritage we all share as Children of God.
Let us pray for one another and for our nation.
Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B.
Saint Vincent College