NEW YORK — All are welcome at the 10th annual Father Mychal F. Judge, OFM, Walk of Remembrance on Sept. 9. The walk celebrates and remembers the life of Mychal, the chaplain with the New York City Fire Department who died while administering last rites to a firefighter during the terrorist attacks that brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and other victims of 9/11.
The Walk of Remembrance begins with the praying of the rosary at 9 a.m. and Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street, with the walk itself starting immediately afterward. The walk, which takes approximately three hours, will stop at firehouses and police precincts along the way to Ground Zero. More than 800 people participated in last year’s walk commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Traditionally, FDNY chaplain Christopher Keenan, OFM, participates in the walk, as do the organizers of the event — John Bates, a NY Harbor pilot, Bill Schillinger, a retired lieutenant of the FDNY, and Steven McDonald, the NYPD detective injured in the line of duty in 1986. Christopher asks that the walk information be forwarded to potential walkers.
Mychal is remembered for his work with the poor, addicts and sick members of society, and for encouraging reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. His memory lives on in many ministries, including those organized by Mychal’s Message, the non-profit organization founded in 2002. Mychal’s Message recapped its year in the summer 2012 issue of the organization’s newsletter, Mychal’s Messenger.
Earlier this year, through the Father Cassian A. Miles Jubilee Scholarship Fund, establshed in 2011, $750 was awarded to two recipients, Anthony Perkins and Dantwan Harris-Williams. Both boys will continue their education at a Catholic school in South Carolina. Cassian Miles, OFM, and Mychal were ordained as priests together at Mount St. Sepulchre Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C.
Other projects mentioned in Mychal’s Messenger include the following:
- A distribution of 400 new winter coats and hundreds of hats, gloves and scarves to guests at St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia
- A donation of 50 turtlenecks and 19 fleece jackets to a New Jersey shelter
- The delivery of 50 filled Christmas stockings to men recovering from addiction at CREATE in Harlem
- Thanksgiving dinners provided for 14 families in Lancaster, Pa.
- Distribution of “Blessed Bloomers” to attendees of the St. Francis Breadline on Sept. 11 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Manhattan
— Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.