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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

St. Bonaventure Pauses to Remember 9/11 Victims

More than 300 members of the extended St.. Bonaventure family attended a prayer service on a steamy September afternoon to remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries, led the solemn ceremony, which honored the three university alumni killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Prayers for peace and an end to violence around the world, including Syria, were also read.

Fr. Mychal Judge, O.F.M., a 1957 St. Bonaventure graduate, became the first official (recorded) victim of 9/11 when he was killed by falling debris while attending to a victim at the World Trade Center in New York. Fr. Mychal was chaplain of the New York City Fire Department at the time, and a beloved friar known for his outreach to all people.

Two other St. Bonaventure alumni, Rob Peraza, ’94, ’96, and Amy O’Doherty, ’00, were also killed at the World Trade Center.

To honor Peraza, a former rugby player at St. Bonaventure, members of the men’s rugby team handed out carnations, which were then laid by attendees on the 9/11 memorial, located next to the Swan Business Center.

Two trumpeters played “Taps” to honor all those who were killed in the attacks. Members of the university’s Army ROTC unit also took part in the ceremony.

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