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.