The Rev. Thomas L. Burt, pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King, has written a letter to the congregation expressing his support for those who are affected by the shooting in St. John’s.
Borten said the church’s members were “doing all we can to support and care for those in need.”
In the letter, Burt said that many of the victims had been there for more than 10 years and that it was important that “the church’s response to the tragedy be respectful and thoughtful, not insensitive or hateful.”
Eric J. Buehler, David L. Fenn, and John W. McCauley also penned the letter.
The letter was signed by Rev. Bontemps and the Rev. Darryl W. Clark, all of whom have been ordained priests.
“We pray for the family of the deceased, those injured, and our fellow parishioners in this difficult time,” Burt wrote in the letter dated Feb. 15.
The church is located on the city’s Southside and has about 2,000 members, including a majority of black people.
The cathedral has long been a hub of support for African Americans in St, Paul.
In the wake of the massacre, several prominent black pastors, including Rev. William Barber, have called on church leaders to take steps to “support and honor” those who have been affected by what they described as a “sickening and unspeakable act.”
Burt’s letter to parishioner’s came after a number of church leaders, including the Revs William Barber and Rev. John W Clark, issued statements calling for unity and compassion.
“We know there is a deep sadness, pain, and grief at this time,” Barber said.
“We are praying for those that have been impacted by this tragedy.
We also know there are many others who have not been so fortunate.”
The church has not yet responded to a request for comment.