‘Open our hearts to love’

Mount candlelight service remembers 9-11
September 11, 2017

9-11 ceremony (2017)

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 Monday 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.

“Sixteen 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.”

Through a video reflection and readings from a half-dozen Mount students, all present prayed that those still struggling will find peace.

“Many of you know someone who might have been a part of this tragedy,” said Fr. Fluet, recounting how two of his former students were killed in the attacks. “They were just good, young people who were working at the World Trade Center on that terrible day…there are so many stories like that. It absolutely compels us to banish this thing called hatred and violence, but especially, to open our hearts to love.”

Molly Jensen of Bayport, N.Y., a sophomore on the childhood education track, sat in the chapel and prayed as her fellow students arrived for the ceremony. Though the Mount soccer player didn’t know anyone who lost their life in the attacks of September 11, 2001, her parents did, she explained. She prayed for all, but especially those her mother and father once knew.

Since 2001, thousands of students have graduated from the Mount. Today’s freshmen were toddlers at the time of the attacks.


9-11 ceremony (2017)