Following in the footsteps of St. Thomas More, our school community advocates countless social justice initiatives through our many clubs and events, including our Utopia and Knights for Life groups. Within the first month of school, STM students from these groups have already taken to the streets to share their messages with the city.
On Saturday, September 29th, members of the Utopia group gathered at city hall to celebrate the 20th commemorative Gandhi Peace Festival. Students marched through downtown Hamilton promoting peace, non-violence and, of course, justice. These students were part of a group of over 600 activists who spent the afternoon listening to several remarkable musicians and speakers, including Patrick Dean, President of McMaster University.
The following day, Sunday, September 30th, students from STM’s Knights for Life group went out into the city to participate in the annual Life Chain. Staff advisor to the group, Mr. Mombourquette said, “The students from St. Thomas More stood in silent witness, arm in arm, with students from Bishop Tonnos and St. John de Brebeuf for all those whose voices have been silenced by abortion. We are tremendously proud of their dedication to and understanding of the importance of this issue. These students were exemplary ambassadors of what we believe in as a Catholic school.”
Through these events, STM students were able to share their views and learn about social justice outside of the school environment. Ms. Leone, a teacher advisor for both the Knights for Life and Utopia groups, said, “STM is fortunate to have a number of groups that support various social justice issues in our community.”
Already STM has done so much to promote justice within our society, however, the school year has only just begun. There are countless other events and opportunities still to come!