Vigil for Ukraine

Posted: March 1, 2022

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As a university community, we condemn the tragic and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. We join together to mourn those who have lost their lives to this senseless violence as well as to support and comfort all those in our campus community who are grieving during this painful time.

I invite you to a prayer vigil, organized by Campus Ministry, at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the reflecting pool outside of the Chapel of St. Ignatius. This vigil will immediately follow our 12:30 p.m. daily mass, which will be offered in memory of the victims. At the request of Pope Francis, we will also be praying for peace in Ukraine at our Ash Wednesday services on March 2.

As a Jesuit and Catholic university, we stand firmly against all acts of violence, and particularly as we enter the season of Lent, we are reminded of our call to stand with all who suffer in our world. As we continue to pray for all those impacted by this invasion, our mission and commitment to compassion, inclusion, and peace must drive us forward in spirit and in deed. Let us stand in solidarity with those who are suffering and recommit ourselves as agents of peace and justice.

It is also important that we are attentive to those in our community who are struggling with this violence. There are a number of resources available to students and colleagues needing care and support during this difficult and painful time:

  • Students can call Counseling and Psychological Services (206-296-6090) and leave a voice message to schedule an appointment;
  • Campus Ministers are available in Student Center 120. Call 206-296-6075 or 206-296-6052 for an appointment;
  • Advisors at the International Student Center in PAVL 160 are available in person or can be reached at 206-296-6260 or via email at;
  • Veterans and military service members can visit The Outreach Center in STCN 110 during operating hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday);
  • Staff and faculty seeking support can access SU’s EAP benefits through Resources for Living. Please contact Human Resources for more information; and
  • Additional resources are also available through the Dean of Students on our website, in Student Center 140 or by calling 206-296-6060.

In prayer and peace,

Tammy Liddell
Director of Campus Ministry