Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
We have all been blessed this day by the extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing bestowed upon us by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. In his message, he reminds us that “God turns everything to our good”. Working, studying and teaching from home can provide us with an opportunity to recognize what is truly important and what is merely chaff – “a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not”. I encourage all of us to take some time to ponder on the meaning of this and rededicate ourselves to loving and serving others in whatever form that might currently take.
As I have shared with you previously, the DMU executive team has been meeting regularly to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and consider prudent and reasonable responses. The team has evaluated the impact on students, faculty and staff for this significant change and has considered the current recommendations of local, state, federal and regulatory agencies. Many states have declared stay-at-home mandates and the CDC has made recommendations limiting gatherings of more than 10 people for the foreseeable future.
Based on this, all Spring PsyD classes will remain online for the remainder of the semester. We are also seriously considering whether summer classes will also be conducted online and want to make this decision in a timely manner. Students will be receiving a survey within the next several days so that you can provide us with your perspective on this important matter and on your current experience. Your feedback is very important to us so I encourage you to take a few moments to complete the survey.
I want to thank all of you for your dedication and positive spirit. I am edified by the example you all share for each other and ourmission. Be assured of my prayers.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Charles Sikorsky, LC, JD, JCL
Divine Mercy University