Loyola vigil honors Orlando victims

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Damen Theatre before the vigil began. Photo by Jake Mazanke

By Jake Mazanke

Loyola University Chicago hosted a vigil honoring the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Loyola Campus Ministry partnered with ‌the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to organize the vigil, which was hosted in the Damen Student Center Cinema. The service included general prayer, readings from the Bible and the Quran as well as an El Salvadorian, Jesuit memorial reading.

“It was not only appropriate, but essential for us to come together today and buy into making a better world,” said Susan Haarman, the faith and justice leader for campus ministry. “We hope that by coming together we can find empathy, compassion and hope to stop the hate.”

The vigil was in response to the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando during the early morning of June 13. There were 49 people killed in the shooting and 53 more that were injured. It was the most violent mass shooting in the history of the United States.

The vigil was not only a time to come together and grieve but also a call to action.

“We recognize that prayer is good and important but it must include a call to action,” said Oliver Goodrich, faith and formation campus minister. “If folks have an opinion on gun control, you have to talk to legislatures.”

Campus Ministry and the Loyola Wellness Center are offering support for all students coping with the shooting.

 

 

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