New DNA Methods Identify Remains of St. Francis Parishioner, 9/11 Victim

Phil Jacobs Around the Province

NEW YORK — The Metro section of the April 12, 2007, issue of The New York Timesreported that the city medical examiner’s office identified the remains of a widely-known parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Church here. Carol La Plante’s remains which had been found during the recovery effort in 2002 were just now identified through improved DNA testing technology.

Carol was at work on the 97th floor of the north tower at Marsh and McLellan when a hijacked plane slammed into her office at the World Trade Center.

In 1998, Carol helped transform the walls of the lobby of St. Francis of Assisi Friary on 31st Street into an art gallery for local artists to share their talents with the community.

Her artistic enhancements began when La Plante approached Christopher Keenan, who was then in charge of St. Francis Cares, a program that encouraged the laity to become involved in social and community outreach  programs of St. Francis of Assisi Church, to suggest the church initiate a creativity group as part of the “Partners in Ministry” program.

Her memory was honored by the lobby of the friary at 31st Street being renamed the Carol La Plante Gallery of St. Francis of Assisi Church.

An article in the December 2001 issue of the Anthonian details her life and work.

— Phil is the graphic designer in the Province’s Communications Office.