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Week of Prayer and Remembrance to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

​Week of Prayer and Remembrance to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Providence, R.I.-- Providence College will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks during a one-week series of events on campus presented as A Week of Prayer and Remembrance.

Five Providence College alumni lost their lives that day when nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa. The deceased included David Angell '69 and his wife, Lynn, Michael Berkeley '85, Gertrude Alagero '86, Joseph Corbett '95, and Linda George '96. Two MBA students, Lynn Goodchild and Shawn Nassaney, also were among the deceased. Many other alumni lost family members as well.

Among the commemorations scheduled from September 10-15 are several memorial Masses and the dedication of a September 11 memorial plaque. Plans for the week were proposed by the September 11 Commemoration Committee.

Rev. R. Gabriel Pivarnik, O.P., assistant professor of theology and director of the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies (CCDS), served as chair of the seven-member committee.

Using Psalm 30:5 (Weeping may remain for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning) as a core belief, the committee's hope for the events is for the College community to "move toward something better," said Father Pivarnik.

"Our hopes are to allow people to have a moment to grieve, but also learn how to work our way through it to look forward with hope, knowing that rejoicing will come," he said.

The other committee members are Dr. Joan R. Branham, professor of art history; Allison Curran '13 (Wethersfield, Conn.); Robert Ferreira '83, assistant vice president for alumni relations; Charles J. Haberle, assistant vice president for academic affairs; Sharon L. Hay, dean of student programming; and Richard Lumley, campus minister.

Listing of events

  • On Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, all Masses at St. Dominic Chapel will be celebrated in memory of those who died. Masses will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
  • On Monday, September 12, a September 11 memorial plaque will be dedicated at 3:00 p.m. behind the War Memorial Grotto.

At 4:30 p.m., John P. Garrity '73, associate professor of theatre arts, will give a dramatic reading of Meron Langsner's Bystander 9/11, a one-act play script drawn from the experiences of New Yorkers during the attacks and their immediate aftermath.

From 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, an opening reception will be held in the Reilly Art Gallery in the Smith Center for the Arts for Vanishing Points--an exhibit featuring photographs by Jason Eskenazi that were captured at Ground Zero shortly after the destruction of the World Trade Center. The exhibit will be on display through late October. Eskenazi will be attending the reception and conducting a master class for PC photography students the following morning.

At 7:30 p.m., a prayer vigil for the 10th anniversary will be held in St. Dominic Chapel.

From September 12 through October 7, the CCDS will display an exhibit entitled Resurrection and Hope: Faith in the Aftermath of September 11. The exhibit will feature pictures and stories of hope after the tragedy of that day.

  • On Tuesday, September 13, College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. '80 will present a lecture entitled "Where Was God?: Contemporary Thomistic Reflections on the Problem of Evil" at 4:00 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Lounge.
  • On Thursday, September 15, Of Gods and Men will be shown at 7:00 p.m. in the CCDS. The film is about a group of Christian monks whose peaceful existence alongside Muslims was disrupted by a violent fringe group of Islamic fundamentalists.

The Phillips Memorial Library also will display an exhibit that memorializes alumni who lost their lives on September 11.

Common reading component

In addition to the week's events, the College launched a Freshman Common Reading Program this summer with a book related to 9/11. The Class of 2015 and new transfers were asked to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005) before classes resume in the fall.

The book--a novel revolving around a precocious 9-year-old whose father died in the attack on the World Trade Center--was given to students at their Advising Day sessions beginning in June.

When the students reconvene for the second part of New Student Orientation (NSO) in early September, they will discuss the text in group sessions with other new students and faculty members. Further online discussion and programming will be held throughout the fall semester.

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