September 11, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Students and staff filled Mount Saint Mary College’s Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary with candlelight during the annual September 11 vigil.
Candles flickered in The Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary at Mount Saint Mary College on Tuesday night, as the campus community honored the victims, survivors, and heroes of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Leading the prayer service was Fr. Gregoire J. Fluet, campus chaplain and director of Campus Ministry.
“Seventeen years ago, on September 11, 2001, hate and anger acted as the catalyst for a terrible and senseless act of violence. Thousands perished in the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and in the fields of Pennsylvania,” said Fr. Fluet. “We, the Mount Saint Mary community, gather tonight to pray for peace. We remember those who have died, but look to the future with hope as we pray that instead of hate and anger, the world may come to know love.”
The vigil included a video reflection and readings from several Mount students. Everyone present prayed that those still struggling will find peace.
“What we want to say in our pray service tonight is that love conquers hate,” said Fr. Fluet. “And it’s important that we remember that – always. Love conquers hate.”
Since 2001, thousands of students have graduated from the Mount. Today’s freshmen were babies at the time of the attacks.