“The beauty and calm of this June Sunday morning was disrupted by the early morning news about the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. We are shocked and deeply saddened by the enormity of this act of terrorism. It is now estimated that 50 people have been killed and more than that number have been critically wounded in what is being termed the worst act of mass shooting in the history of our country and the worst act of terrorism, second only to the “9-11” events on September 11, 2001. .
In the name of the entire Church in the Diocese of Kalamazoo, I extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have been killed, and our prayers for those who are fighting for their lives, even as we ask God’s comfort and consolation to the families of all those who have been terrorized.
I also invite every member of our Catholic community, along with all the wonderful people of good will in our wider community, even as we are struggling with the sadness of our own recent tragic circumstances, to pray for an end of violence, hatred and intolerance in our society. With God’s grace and guidance, may we choose to live together in harmony and peace.”
June 8, 2016 (KALAMAZOO, MICH.): The Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley, Bishop of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, released the following statement in the wake of the tragedy involving a group of bicyclists:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident last evening involving a group of bicyclists from our community, five of whom lost their lives and four of whom have suffered serious injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the five innocent people whose lives were ended much too soon, as well as the four other individuals who continue fighting for their lives.
“"Our beloved community of Kalamazoo has once again suffered a devastating and shocking loss, and more than ever we are called to draw upon the strength and goodwill of everyone in this caring, vibrant community. Amidst this tragedy, we ask for God’s grace to help us remain strong and to be united in our prayers and support for all as we grieve with one another.
“We are grateful to, and inspired by, the dedication of our First Responders who arrived so quickly to care for the victims. May we hold the family and friends of those involved close to our hearts and in our fervent prayers.”
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