Prep remembers Alumni lost on Sept. 11, 2001
Prep students gathered in Pelletier Quad on Monday to remember three alumni who died in terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
On the 16th anniversary of the attack, more than 800 students joined faculty, administrators and staff to remember Michael Jacobs ’64, Gary Lasko ’69, and Seth Morris ’83. Student representatives placed flags throughout the walkways of the Quad to demonstrate patriotism and remind the Prep Community that we will never forget.
In addition to the 9/11 remembrance, four Prep students offered prayers for their respective classes to mark the beginning of the school year. The students were Sean Lynch '18, Ross Keblish '19, JP Iaropoli '20 and Caleb Bolden '21. Dr. Donna Andrade opened the assembly with a reflection on the magis, inspiring students of reaching for their greatest potential and contributions to our world. Mrs. Kathleen Jackson also offered a prayer for the Prep faculty.
Campus Ministry Director Elliott Gualtiere closed ceremony with a Jesuit prayer remembering the 9/11 tragedy.
Creator of all people and all nations,
It is with sorrow and apprehension we remember the tragic events
That occurred on this day.
We lift to You in prayer all those who died
In the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon, and on United Airlines Flight 93
In Shankesville, Pennsylvania.
We entrust them to Your loving care.
Console their families, friends, and all who mourn this loss
In the hope that all who trust in You find peace and rest in Your Kingdom.
We pray for those who courageously responded to provide aid and comfort to the afflicted.
May their painful memories of that day
Be healed and transformed into strength and positive resolution.
We also pray for ourselves as we seek Your strength and guidance.
We live in the aftermath of this tragedy and under the shadow of future acts of aggression;
We stand in need of Your assistance.
Enable us, Dear God, to put an end to fear:
By resolving to live lives that are based on respect for one another;
By resolving to abide in a peaceful manner
and never settle disagreements in our lives in a violent way;
By resolving not to fall into the trap of blaming entire ethnic groups, races, or religions
in response to acts of hostility;
By resolving that justice, not revenge, prevail in our world.
Let us resolve that in the face of hatred, we will show love;
That in times of despair, we will be voices of hope
And creators of new dreams;
That in times of darkness, we will be sources of light.
Let us resolve that we never regard forgiveness as weakness,
But rather as a source of strength in our lives and in our world.
And, let us honor the memory of nearly 3,000 individuals who died on September 11, 2001
By resolving, with Your help Almighty God,
To truly live this way so You may be glorified and Your love made known to others through us.
By Darrell Burns, SJ