Yesterday’s verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin represents two steps forward: one toward accountability in policing and another in upholding the inherent dignity of all people.

As a network rooted in Catholic tradition and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, we recognize the need to reflect—not only on this historic moment—but also on the ways that all of us are called to dismantle systemic racism, reimagine policing in our communities, and build a more just and equitable society.

Today, our prayers are with the family of George Floyd, the Minneapolis community, and all who continue to be victimized and traumatized by the impacts of systemic racism and, in particular, a broken criminal justice system. We honor the work of the countless protesters, organizers, and advocates across the globe who answered and continue to answer the call and work tirelessly to leverage their voices for change. May we, as an Ignatian family, be steadfast in our continued work for justice.

We invite you to share this statement which can be found here.