The clang of a single brass handbell has heralded daily routines at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Flushing at least since the 1950s.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York told OSV News the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, which will be marked with solemn ceremonies across the U.S., should be observed with memories of lives lost and impacted by the day’s events.
In 2011, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a proclamation declaring April 14 of that year to be “Susan Hart Day” in New York City. The accolade honored her, the managing director of facilities for the city, on the day of her retirement.
Father James Devlin remembers exactly where he was on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001: the rectory of Our Lady of Angels, where he was the pastor.
Msgr. Martin Geraghty, who died April 9, Easter Sunday, had a diverse and distinguished priestly career. Still, fellow priests say he is especially remembered for his actions as a pastor in 2001 following the Sept. 11 attacks and the crash of an airliner at Belle Harbor two months later.
Knights of Columbus councils in Brooklyn and Queens began hosting in 2002 an annual Family Picnic and fundraiser to honor people who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. This year marked the event’s 20th anniversary.
A government-funded program that provides free health care for 9/11 first responders and other survivors is running short of money, and advocates worry the financial shortfall will result in rationed care.
In 2001, Father Gerard Sauer was a newly ordained priest at St. Patrick Church, helping guide a grieving parish through the horror of the 9/11 terror attack and its aftermath. Two decades later, he is the pastor of the Bay Ridge church, helping parishioners cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chris Sorrentino still has a hard time thinking about that day. But Sept. 11 never goes away for another reason: the toxic dust at ground zero that he breathed in over the next several months and the bladder cancer he developed years later.
Father Mychal Judge died doing his “dream job” at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, but a legacy of love and compassion has grown from the tragedy. That was the assessment of many of his friends and admirers who participated in the annual 9/11 Walk of Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 5.