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Message from HNU President Mike Groener about yesterday's events at the Capitol

I’m writing to connect with you, our HNU community, in the wake of yesterday’s deeply disturbing events in Washington. The insurrection that took place in our nation’s Capital based on unfounded claims of election fraud was stunning and simply horrifying. 

Rioters, provoked by our sitting president, were allowed to terrorize our lawmakers and our country with reckless violence yesterday. In contrast, many of the peaceful protests in support of racial justice over the summer were met with violence and teargas. 

We cannot tolerate this violence, nor take our democracy for granted. Our role of promoting critical thinking, mutual respect, and the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names has never been more important.  

Our future is in the hands of our students, the next generation of thoughtful and courageous leaders we so desperately need.

While democracy prevailed yesterday and the election was certified late last night, I urge us to continue to pay attention, speak out, and take action to ensure that we protect truth, justice, and the greater good. 

Please take care of yourselves and one another. 


Mike Groener
President, Holy Names University

If you would like the opportunity to pray for peace as a community, you are invited to join Campus Ministry and the Sisters of the Holy Names at our weekly Mass this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Please email campusministry@hnu.edu to receive the Zoom ID.