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Alvernia remembers 9.11

Date: 9/12/2011

Join the Alvernia community for a second prayer service on the steps of Judge Hall, Monday, Sept. 12, at 12:45 p.m.


Alvernia remembers 9.11

Alvernia's campus community remembered the events of 9.11.01 and all those who lost their lives, as well as their families, during a commemorative service in the Sacred Heart Chapel, Sunday evening.

Afterwards, attendees carried candles from the Chapel in the Motherhouse to the steps of Judge Hall for a candlelight vigil. Bernardine Sisters joined students, campus ministry, faculty, and staff in the procession.

Judge Hall was named in honor of Franciscan Father Mychal F. Judge, OFM, Chaplain of the New York City Fire Department.

After administering Last Rites to victims in the street, Father Judge died while offering aid and prayers to rescuers and victims in the World Trade Center's North Tower on September 11, 2001. Though he was not the first to die, Judge was named "Victim 001," recognized as the first official victim of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In New York, a Father Mychal Judge Walk of Remembrance takes place every year around the 9.11 anniversary, beginning with a Mass at St. Francis Church on West 31st Street and proceeding to Ground Zero, retracing Judge's final journey.

A second prayer service is planned at Alvernia for 12:45 p.m., Monday Sept. 12, on the steps of Judge Hall.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.