Praying and Marching for Justice
Earlier this month, Holy Names Academy students, faculty, and families gathered at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the starting point of St. Therese Catholic Academy's Student-Led March and Prayer Service. The March was organized by St. Therese middle school students and the Maher family, who have two daughters at HNA and a mother who teaches at St. Therese. Students from St. Therese led the prayer service, and one of HNA's Black Student Union leaders Imani Maher gave a moving speech about the need to work collectively to demand racial justice (pictured).
After the prayer service and speeches concluded, members of these Seattle Catholic school communities began the socially-distanced march to St. James Cathedral, the end point for the march. Students led chants, walked alongside each other with homemade "Black Lives Matter" signs, and made their presence and cause known throughout Seattle's Central District and First Hill. Once on the steps of the Cathedral, HNA students in attendance shared a favorite prayer song of theirs with the crowd (pictured). It was clear to see the ways our students live out our school's mission "to excel in life with confidence and courage, to think critically, act with purpose, advocate for justice, serve with compassion, and lead with integrity."
HNA Students singing on the STeps of St. James Cathedral