Amish School Children Shooting
October 11, 2006
JOHNSTOWN, PA - His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas has
issued the following statement regarding the recent tragic shooting of the Amish
Glory to Jesus Christ!
Reverend and dear Fathers and Faithful:
Global news coverage of the recent, unfathomable rampage of a gunman that was
dealt to Amish schoolchildren in the Lancaster County Pennsylvania town of
Nickel Mines has reached everyone everywhere.
Of significance to us as a Christian community is how the Amish are dealing
with this horrific act of violence. Not only is their community taking care of
their own and supporting the families of the victims, but they have displayed
love and heartfelt forgiveness towards the family of the gunman! What may at
first appear to be strange is actually the command of our Lord to forgive our
enemies seventy times seven and without end.
It is significant also that many people everywhere are coming to the aid of
the victims' families. We should do no less, and I am calling on our faithful to
respond according to their ability. Donations may be sent to:
The Nickel Mines School Victims Fund
c/o Home Towne Heritage Bank
P.O. Box 337
Strasburg, PA 17579.
May God move your heart to consider this kindness.