Archdiocesan schools hold ’17 minutes of prayer’ for Florida school victims

By Clarion Herald Staff

All students, faculty and staff of St. Augustine High School began exams on March 14 with 17 minutes of prayer to join a nationwide memorial for the 17 students and teachers killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Students gathered outside and encircled the school campus by linking arms in solidarity and called for an end to violence.

On March 14, while students throughout the United States walked out of school, students from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans participated in 17 minutes of prayer to honor the 17 victims who were killed by a gunman on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and as an outcry against gun violence.


At Academy of Our Lady, a schoolwide rosary procession was held in the chapel courtyard.



At St. Mary’s Dominican High School, students carrying lighted candles paired with 17 students who carried hand-made signs bearing the names of those who died in Parkland.

The Hail Mary was recited after each name was read. At the end, student preachers shared reflections and closed with the Our Father,  dispersing in silence.



Mount Carmel Academy students walked in a procession reciting the rosary around the entire block of the Lakeview school on Robert E. Lee Boulevard. Nearby, St. Dominic Elementary also held a prayer service with recitation of the rosary and Archdiocesan Family Prayer.





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