Seton Catholic Preparatory went into lockdown mode last week, but it was all planned. The drill helped staff and students practice for the unthinkable and acted as a trial run of the high school's new, nationally-recognized crisis management system.
As the heartrending images of Christians and Yezidis fleeing for their lives continue to pour in from Iraq, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq.
Thousands of students are settling in to new rules and classroom procedures this month. Yet for the 14,000 or so in 35 Catholic elementary and high schools across the Diocese of Phoenix, there’s something familiar that unites them.