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Dear St. Ignatius Loyola Academy Community Members,


Over the past week, the Baltimore community has been divided by the circumstances surrounding the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray. The death of Mr. Gray, and the public response of our community to his passing, invites each of us to pause and reflect on our responsibility to be ministers of peace and hope in our beloved city. 


In our own reflections, we are reminded of the words that Pope Francis shared with the world in his inaugural homily:


"Today too, amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others. To look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope! For believers, for us Christians, like Abraham, like Saint Joseph, the hope that we bring is set against the horizon of God, which has opened up before us in Christ. It is a hope built on the rock which is God."


- Pope Francis, March 2013


As a community of faith, we invite each of you, along with your families, to pray for peace and to engage in productive conversation as we join in hope for our city, schools and communities. For it is your faith and compassion that makes our schools beacons of hope for so many locally and abroad. Thank you for your prayers and for bringing the "warmth of hope" to our world.


With peace and blessings,



John Ciccone


St. Ignatius Loyola Academy



Anthony Day


Loyola Blakefield


Fr. John Swope


Cristo Rey Jesuit High School