Students from St. Philip School in San Francisco were among others from Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco who joined thousands across the nation in demonstrations March 14 marking the one-month anniversary of the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Some students prayed and others demonstrated in the National School Walkout, a student-led response to the tragedy. (CNS photo/Debra Greenblat, Catholic San Francisco)
(Fifth in a five-part series)
By Chaz Muth
Catholic News Service
La Sallette Sister Aniliza Juan, volunteer coordinator at Christ House in Alexandria, Va., and Lucy Allen, a student at the Basilica School of St. Mary in Alexandria, put food donated from students of the Catholic school into bags Oct. 24, 2017. The students donate their leftover lunch food to the shelter and resource center for the poor as part of their “Food Bus” program. (CNS photo/Ashleigh Kassock, Catholic Herald)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — At many Catholic schools, social justice might not be an assigned class, but it is part of the fabric of what they do throughout the school year from helping those in need to speaking up on social issues.
And in the past few years during various protests around the country, Catholic school students have raised their voices or called attention to issues of racism, gun violence, care for refugees or the unborn.
This past year was no exception. After the school shooting Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, several Catholic schools across the country sponsored awareness programs for students or provided time for prayer, reflection and action to curb gun violence during the nationwide student-sponsored event called National School Walkout. And weeks after that, Catholic school students also participated in the March for Our Lives events protesting gun violence in Washington and other locations.