The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ Office of Communications issues the following statement from Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, in response to this weekend’s deadly shootings: (EnglishEspañol)

Pray for Unity and Peace
Join the Cathedral of Saint Andrew parish community and the Catholic Information Center for Night Prayer for Unity and Peace, Aug. 13, 8:15 p.m.

Pope Francis at Angelus prays for victims of U.S. shootings (Aug. 4, 2019)

Statements from the USCCB on:
El Paso (Aug. 3, 2019) | Dayton (Aug. 4, 2019) | Call for change in language and rhetoric of all Americans (Aug. 8, 2019)

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are among many that are calling for action to address gun violence. This is not a new stance of our bishops, who have long called for an approach of peace building to address gun violence.

Resources for parents and parishes for addressing the issue of violence with children and young people:
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
Parent Cue