In anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, in less than three weeks, many Province ministries have been preparing reflection and prayers to mark the occasion.
This anniversary marks a solemn moment and crossroads for our nation, said Russell Testa, director of the HNP Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.
The Province is developing, with other Franciscan provinces, a public statement about the 9/11 anniversary. “As we remember and honor, may we move away from fear and toward ‘the other’” will be released and sent to all HNP ministries on Sept. 1 so that it might be included in newsletters, bulletins and websites, Testa said.
Online and Print Resources
The JPIC Office staff is sending guardians, pastors and JPIC local contacts resources for homilies, prayers of the faithful and a sample prayer service in order to help ministries with last-minute preparations. In addition, the JPIC specialists recommend to the friars and friends of the Province three web sources for other quality resources.
• The National Religious Campaign Against Torture has compiled a number of resources from across faith traditions.
• St. Anthony Messenger Press has published an e-book, Franciscan Reflections on 9/11. Two of the reflections are from HNP friars: Joseph Nangle, OFM, and Daniel Horan, OFM.
• The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a number of useful resources.
In addition, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York, printed books about Mychal Judge, OFM — the first recorded death after the 9/11 attacks — are available at the front desk in the Francis House. There are options for both adults and children.
On Sept. 4 in New York City, hundreds will be participating in the annual Fr. Mychal Judge Walk of Remembrance. It begins after a 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church, on West 31st Street, and ends at Ground Zero.
On Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C., Pax Christi, the national Catholic peace movement, will host Momentum, a night of spiritual reflection on reconciliation after Sept. 11. Speakers will include Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, and Colleen Kelly, founder of September 11th families of Peaceful Tomorrow. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Catholic University of America and will include a reception, presentation and silent auction.
On Sept. 11, a 10th anniversary memorial prayer service will be conducted at Mychal’s grave in Holy Sepulcre Cemetery, Totowa, N.J. It is being sponsored by the friars, sisters, Secular Franciscans and parishioners of St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson, N.J.
“May our prayer for guidance and courage to do what is right be answered,” Testa said.