Today we are pleased to join our community in celebrating this day of freedom, family and fellowship.
We were originally scheduled to gather tonight at Father Ryan High School to honor the Class of 2020 with Commencement and Baccalaureate. However, since the graduation date fell on Juneteenth, which celebrates the official end of slavery in the United States, we decided this past Monday to move the Graduation to last night, June 18. The perspective provided by the last few weeks, and the importance of this date, guides us to the Catholic social teaching of Solidarity, that we are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Therefore, we chose, in consultation with the Diocese of Nashville, to shift our graduation so that we could celebrate our Class of 2020 last night and join with our community today - Juneteenth - to honor this significant moment in our nation’s history.
Today, more than ever, Juneteenth calls us to listen and learn so that we can work together to create a better world. We invite the Father Ryan community and the larger community to join us today - and every day - in reflection, appreciation, and celebration of the history, culture, and achievements of Black Americans.Read a book, research this date, engage in meaningful conversations to learn more about all of our neighbors. Our humanity and our Catholic faith guide us to do the work to end racism.