The Basilica of Saint Mary is committed to the hard and important work of anti-racism and racial healing. Struck deeply by the trauma of the death of Philando Castile in 2016, Basilica staff, leadership, and parishioners have committed to learn, grow, and work for change in racism on all levels: within and between themselves (internalized and interpersonal), within The Basilica and other institutions, and racism embedded in structures.
This work requires trust and willingness to enter into relationships. It requires those who are comfortable to get used to discomfort. It requires us to deeply believe in and embrace the call to let go of priviledge and power in order to heal and build a diverse community of love.
Read and embrace The Basilica EDI Position Statement. Learn about ways to engage together in this work. Explore resources to grow and be transformed.
“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of human life.”
-Pope Francis, reflecting on the killing of George Floyd