Sept. 11 Liturgical Celebration Brings Message of Peace, Hope to Felician Community

Students, faculty and staff gathered in John J. Breslin Theater on the Lodi campus on September 11 for Felician College’s campus-wide liturgical celebration to mark the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year.

Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan was the guest speaker following the Mass, which also included a special blessing of the College’s incoming freshmen and student-athletes.

Executive Donovan, who served as Commissioner of the Port Authority during the Sept. 11 attacks, recalled her personal memories of the tragedy and the ensuing days and weeks that followed.

“Many of you were probably too young to really have understood what happened that day,” she told the students. “We lost so many people who simply went to work that day. We lost brave first responders who probably saved 50,000 more lives by their heroic actions.

“Those of us who have stories to tell remember the events very clearly. It is now your duty to tap those people, ask them to share their tales and pass that along so the memory -- of those lost and those who survived -- is not forgotten long after we’re gone.”

Felician College President Dr. Anne Prisco stated that the annual liturgical celebration carries with it a message of unity for the entire Felician community.

“What better day to come together in peace and fellowship than on Sept. 11, a day when Americans are still searching for peace in their lives and in their hearts,” Dr. Prisco said.

The celebration concluded with a rousing rendition of “God Bless America.”