THE COLLEGE REMEMBERS 9/11
Pittsburgh, September 16--The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, changed the world forever. On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, La Roche College joined the nation in remembering the lives lost. The College began the day by observing a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when the first hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City. Later, College administrators, faculty, staff and students joined members of the Sisters of Divine Providence Congregation for a prayer at the Peace Pole. Erected by the Sisters in 1978, the pole is located between the entrances to the Provincial House and the College’s East Campus. Father Peter Horton, campus minister, served as celebrant for the gathering.
“We are a global community gathered here from many nations around the world,” said Horton. “Through this prayer, we recommit ourselves to build a peaceful and loving world without war or violence, a world filled with justice for all, a world of light and life.”
During the day, community members were invited to sign a Book of Commitment to maintain a peaceful campus throughout the day. The College also sponsored an interactive peace-painting event on the lawn in front of the Wright Library. Members of the campus community attended a prayer service held in the Zappala College Center during the day. In the evening, the College hosted a candlelight vigil and prayer for peace in the Magdalen Chapel.