Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, 51, was injured in the hip during Wednesday morning’s attack by an Illinois gunmen. Scalise, a lifelong Catholic, was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery, and is reportedly in critical condition, according to the National Catholic Register.
Scalise resides in Louisiana, and his home diocese is the Archdiocese of New Orleans. His parish is St. Catherine of Siena. Following the attack, Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans released a short statement along with the Archbishop of Rummel High School, Scalise’s alma mater, where he is very active.
“This morning I am saddened by this act of violence. Our prayers are with Congressman Scalise, for his healing, his wife, Jennifer, and their children, and for all involved in this shooting incident,” the statement said.
Marc Milano, principal of Archbishop Rummel High School, also offered his condolences:
“Our hearts and prayers are with him and his family and all who were involved in this tragic incident. The Archbishop Rummel community pledges its prayers and support for the Scalise family as they move forward through recovery.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which started its spring assembly Wednesday morning in Indianapolis, began their proceedings with a prayer for the victims of the shooting.
“I am profoundly saddened by the tragic shooting at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria earlier this morning,” said Bishop Michael Burbidge, head of the Diocese of Arlington, in a statement. “Today I call on the faithful in the Diocese of Arlington and all people of goodwill to join me in prayer for Rep. Steve Scalise and the others who were wounded in this senseless attack. May the Lord grant them swift healing and consolation.”
Please pray for Congressman Scalise and the other victims of the attack, an for their families. Pray also for the healing of our nation.