Bishop Lee Laments Shootings in Charleston

June 18, 2015

Dear Friends,

Once again we witness the horror of gun violence, this time in a church in South Carolina. We must continue to work for a society in which we will not have to confront such unspeakable tragedy. We must continue to work for a world in which the scourge of racism does not spill blood on our streets, in our schools, and even in our churches.

For now, I ask you to join me in responding to a request by the Rt. Rev. Charlie vonRosenberg, bishop provisional of South Carolina, in offering the prayer of St. Francis for a transformed world. Bishop vonRosenberg has also asked us to ring the bells of our cathedral tomorrow at noon. They will ring for ten minutes to remind us of the nine who died and the perpetrator who took their lives. Let us pray that those who have died will rest in the peace of Christ. And may God have mercy on us all.

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.


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