Since October 7, Jesuit colleges and universities have issued messages to their campus communities, and calls for prayers of peace after last weekend’s attacks in Israel. View excerpts below and click on hyperlinks for full statements. For additional prayer resources, please visit, hosted by Xavier University’s Center for Mission and Identity.

“The situation in Israel and Gaza distresses all at Boston College and highlights the need for compassion and dialogue as well as remembering the beliefs, values, and bonds we share as a Jesuit, Catholic university…I believe our religious and intellectual heritage also invites us to pray for peace and reconciliation, not only in the Middle East but throughout the world.” – Boston College

“This region is the cradle of our Abrahamic religious traditions, which call on us to uphold and celebrate the dignity and value of every human being. We ask our community members to continue to demonstrate these compassionate values as we grapple with this fast-changing conflict and its painful impacts.” – College of the Holy Cross

“Recognizing that many of us are experiencing a mix of fear, anger, and disbelief at the events unfolding in the region, we must strive to cultivate a greater capacity for compassion toward one another.” – Creighton University

“Bring healing to the wounded, freedom to those held captive, and strength to those in mourning. Give courage to those in fear and wisdom to those who lead.” – Fairfield University

“For many of our Jewish students, colleagues, and alumni, this is yet another brutal reminder of their vulnerability, of rising antisemitism in the U.S. and around the world—an attack not just on a nation but on their identity. Many of our Muslim students, colleagues, and alumni also face the fear of collective blame and reprisals, worried about violence and discrimination.” – Fordham University

“As a university, we have a responsibility, in this moment, to contribute to understanding, and to build pathways to peace and reconciliation. We have a responsibility to one another—to provide consolation and support to those who are suffering. May we be equal to the demands of these responsibilities.” – Georgetown University

“Without question, this marks a significant moment in the history of Israel and the peoples of the region. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been killed and affected by these devastating attacks.” – Gonzaga University

“There is no single written statement that can account for the complexities of a political and historic situation like this. Nonetheless, we must condemn the murder of innocent civilians in every situation.” – John Carroll University

“As members of a Catholic institution, we often find wisdom in the words and deeds of Pope Francis. During an address this Sunday, Francis said, ‘Let it be understood that terrorism and war bring no solution but only death and suffering of many innocent people. Every war is a defeat. Let us pray that there be peace in Israel and in Palestine.'” – Le Moyne College

“Though our words may fall short, we stand steady beside one another: where there is chaos and death, may we offer light, clarity, and life.” – Loyola Marymount University

“As we process these events, we remain committed to fostering a community of care for one another rooted in a common respect for our shared humanity…It is our tradition of Jesuit education to listen, learn, and understand through engaging with differing points of view.” – Loyola University Chicago

“My prayer is for members of our community, that we may wrestle with the complex emotions that a time such as this one in our history brings. My prayer is for a continuation of striving towards the common good, even in the midst of so much pain and suffering.” – Loyola University Maryland

“When talking about the crisis in the Middle East, I urge you to be slow to speak and to listen intently. Also seek the truth in what the other person is saying. We can learn much from each other with respectful dialog.” – Loyola University New Orleans

“As a university community focused on nurturing a culture of belonging, let us lift up in prayer the people in the Holy Land, and all those around the world whose lives are affected by war.” – Marquette University

“Our thoughts are with the victims of this violence, and we continue to pray for lasting peace in the region. As Pope Francis aptly said, ‘Let the attacks and weapons cease, please, because it must be understood that terrorism and war bring no solutions, but only to the death and suffering of many innocent lives. War is a defeat, every war is a defeat. Let us pray for peace in Israel and Palestine.'” – Regis University

“As people of faith, our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones or who are waiting desperately for them to be returned safely to their homes from where they are held captive. We stand in solidarity with those whose lives are now filled with grief, despair and uncertainty and we condemn these attacks on innocent people.” – Rockhurst University

“Even though this conflict has a long and complicated history, there are things we all can and should agree upon. Targeting and terrorizing innocent individuals is a violation of international law, religious tenets and basic human decency. We all can and must condemn all such targeting without reservation, and I do so here. There is never justification for murder, terror or genocide anywhere in the world.” – Saint Joseph’s University

“The Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Jesuits remind us that we are called to accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future. At times like this, it is difficult. So, we join in solidarity with those who are suffering the devastation brought by war and violence. We pray for them, and we pray in hope that one day, our world might know peace.” – Saint Louis University

“I continue to pray for those whose lives have been lost and for their families and friends and all of those that have been so deeply impacted by these events. And, of course, I continue to pray for peace.” – Saint Peter’s University

“Together, we pray for reconciliation and peace in the region, and we express sorrow for all victims of war and conflict. As Pope Francis said yesterday, ‘every war is a defeat.'” – Santa Clara University

“We join Pope Francis in expressing solidarity with the victims of the attacks in Israel over the weekend, and in his prayers for their families, all those living in “terror and anguish” and for peace and healing.” – Seattle University

“…As a university community, we must voice our solidarity with the people of Israel as they grapple with the aftermath of unprecedented brutal attacks by Hamas this past weekend amidst Jewish holidays. We must likewise recognize and remember innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza killed, injured or displaced by the war that has ensued.” – The University of Scranton

“Because of our shared dignity, wherever and whenever there is war, our Mercy heritage invites us to explore non-violent ways of conflict resolution. Our Jesuit values call us to engage in reflection on the root causes of conflicts and to act on lasting solutions that disrupt violence and lead to human development.” – University of Detroit Mercy

“Let us pray for the recognition of human dignity, and the promotion of justice, through which true security for all can be advanced. Let us pray for the release of hostages. Let us pray for the reunion of families. Let us pray for lasting peace.” – University of San Francisco

Please note: A campus prayer service for peace was held at Spring Hill College on October 17.