The St. Bonaventure University community will hold a prayer service to honor those killed Sept. 11, 2001, and the members of the military who have died since.
The service begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and will be held at the university’s 9/11 Memorial, which is located in front of the Swan Business Center. The program is open to the public.
The service is being held Sept. 9 to accommodate the work-week staff and university trustees who will be on campus for their annual September meeting.
The prayer service will be led by Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries. Also participating will be the ROTC Color Guard.
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.
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