Book Shares Story of Mychal Judge, Who Gave His Life on 9/11

HNP Communications Franciscan World

New York – He Said Yes, a full-color children’s story and picture book, shares the remarkable life of Mychal Judge, who, as chaplain of the New York City Fire Department, was one of the first people to die on Sept. 11, 2001. The book’s release will be celebrated at a party, Sept. 7, 7 p.m. — in time for the sixth commemoration of Sept. 11 — at Tir na nOg pub in midtown Manhattan.

Published by Paulist Press, Mahwah, N.J., He Said Yes tells how an ordinary boy from Brooklyn became an extraordinary Franciscan priest and beloved New York City Fire Department chaplain who gave his life for his friends on Sept. 11.

Having known Mychal all her life, author Kelly Ann Lynch of Lancaster, Pa., pays particular attention to the many lives touched by Mychal, including those of the homeless, AIDS patients, those struggling with addiction, the firefighters, and his friends.

He Said Yes is a 32-page, 8-by-10-inch hardcover book with 12 full-color illustrations. The book release party celebrates the life of a man who made a difference in the lives of so many. Invitations and announcements have been sent to nearly 2,000 men, women, priests, brothers, firefighters and police officers.

Lynch and illustrator M. Scott Oatman of Ocean City, Md., will be at the party to sign books. Tir na nOg is located at 5 Penn Plaza, 8th Ave. at 33rd St., New York, N.Y., 212-630-0249

— Kelly Lynch is the mother of Shannon Hickey, founder of “Mychal’s Message.”