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Friday, August 10, 2007

Request for Prayer for Ave Maria School of Law

From: Murphy, Mollie
Sent: Thu 09/08/2007 3:01 PM
To: All Law System Distribution; All Alumni
Cc:
Subject: Prayer

Dear all:

The Law School is experiencing a deep spiritual crisis. We set out to be an outstanding academic institution -- a "premier" national law school -- and an outstanding Catholic institution. The events of the last month, indeed of the last few days, are clear evidence of how woefully short we have fallen of our objectives. This state of crisis has resulted, in our opinion, from a complete lack of focus on the true mission of the Law School. The Law School is not one man, or two, or even the Board of Governors or faculty, but "a community of faculty, administration, students, alumni, and staff" "based on the inherent dignity of every human being stemming from our creation in the image and likeness of God and raised to a new level by our redemption by Jesus Christ."

The mission of the Law School, too, is not a person. Instead, as set forth in our mission statement, the Law School seeks, through the members of its community, "to offer an outstanding legal education in fidelity to the Catholic Faith, as expressed through Sacred Tradition, and the teaching authority of the Church." Our teaching is "dedicated to forming persons capable of leading flourishing lives through their vocation in the law." In scholarship, faculty members "join in the enterprise of research, discovery, and communicating truth." Each of us hopes to serve "the common good."

We write to remind you of the Law School's mission statement because it is difficult from recent events to see any trace of a law school dedicated to this mission. Thus, we have a request. We request that you, the members of the law school community, consider a day of prayer on the date of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We request that all of us join in asking Our Lady to inspire each of us, but especially our leadership, to recommit to the Law School's mission, as articulated in the Law School's mission statement. Finally, we ask that you keep in your prayers Professors Safranek, Pucillo, and Lyons -- and their families -- whose treatment by this institution cannot be construed as in any way consistent with our true mission.

Humbly,

Mollie A. Murphy

Richard S. Myers

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