Bishop Lee's Statement on Massacre in Newtown

December 14, 2012

I am heartbroken and horrified by the news of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, this morning. People who live in the Diocese of Chicago are achingly familiar with the fear, anxiety and grief that comes from living in an area in which guns are too readily available and too frequently used. Yet even as someone who lives with the shaming reality that we cannot protect our young people from gun violence, I am stunned by the madness that unfolded today in Connecticut.

Please join me in praying for the repose of the souls of the victims of this violence, for the recovery of those who were wounded, for the families and friends who must deal with an unfathomable grief, for the vital ministries of law enforcement officers, first responders, and the counselors and clergy who face such a challenging task in the aftermath of these murders.

Pray for the people of the Diocese of Connecticut, for St. John's Sandy Hook, and Trinity Church, Newtown, the Episcopal churches closest to the shooting. Pray for our political leaders, that they may find the will and the wisdom to at least diminish the prospects that another community will have to live through this nightmare. Pray too, for the repose of the soul of the young man who somehow brought himself to take so many lives. Pray as an act of hope and faith that God is with us, even and especially in times such as this.

--The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Bishop of Chicago