ACCUC Calls for Prayers, Immediate Conflict Resolution following Attack on Ukraine
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada (ACCUC) has called for prayers and immediate conflict resolution in a statement released today responding to the attack on Ukraine by Russia. The ACCUC, an organization of Roman Catholic postsecondary academic institutions from across Canada, is the official voice for Catholic higher learning in the country. St. Jerome’s University (SJU) is a member of the ACCUC. Its Executive Committee is chaired by SJU’s President and Vice Chancellor, Peter Meehan.
“Members of the ACCUC stand by the people of Ukraine and call upon the Russian government to cease this unprovoked invasion,” stated Meehan. “We call upon both parties to meet and find a peaceful solution that preserves human life and dignity.”
The statement by the ACCUC encourages both parties to meet and discuss a peaceful solution in the spirit of good faith. It also offers a reminder that in the Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5:1-12 in the Bible, Jesus Christ taught that those who promote peace are truly the children of God, and turn away from violence and war.
“We cannot support this heinous action,” added Meehan. “We offer our support to those in our community who are impacted directly by this needless attack.”