December 15, 2012
Dear members of the Trinity community,
We all awoke today with the sense that something was not right in our world. The tragic loss of life in Newtown yesterday and the unimaginable loss suffered by so many families is beyond comprehension. All of us share a profound sense of grief and shock that something so brutal and senseless could occur.
I have spoken with Chaplain Read about ways we might commemorate those who lost their lives and remember those who are left behind following this tragedy. We will hold a candlelight vigil of prayer for the children and families of Newtown this Monday, December 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the College Chapel.
We are learning even now that a member of the Trinity alumni community has suffered a loss, and in the days to come we may learn of other members of our Trinity family who have been affected by this tragedy.
Finally, I call upon each of you to join me in reflecting on the steps that we, as members of this society, can take to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. College communities are, at their best, places where people come together to bring to bear their intelligence, their wisdom, and their compassion to address our society's most difficult questions.
I ask for your thoughts and prayers for the children and adults whose lives we lost in this terrible event, as well as their families.
Very truly yours,
James F. Jones, Jr.
President and Trinity College Professor in the Humanities