Office of the President

Praying for Peace in the Middle East

October 12, 2023

Good afternoon,

This week I have watched with deep sadness the horrific violence taking place in the Middle East.

I continue to pray for those whose lives have been lost and for their families and friends and all of those that have been so deeply impacted by these events. And, of course, I continue to pray for peace.

Please know that the Office of Campus Ministry has been working to organize a peace vigil for sometime next week. Details will be shared once confirmed.

I also know that news of this conflict may affect members of our community in different ways. If you are in need of support as you process these events, remember that the counseling and psychological services (CAPS) office is available for support by appointment. Please call (201) 761-6420 or email Campus ministry is also open and campus ministers are available to talk with students, faculty, staff and administrators via appointment. Please call (201) 761-7390 or email

In addition, the University offers an employer paid Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all full-time employees. The program offers assistance with personal issues, planning for life events or simply managing daily life that can affect your work, health and family. The program provides support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. The program is company-sponsored, confidential and provided at no charge to you and your dependents. EAP can be reached by calling (877) 595-5281.

As always, we will continue to work to ensure that Saint Peter’s offers a culture of belonging for all.


Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D.