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Sept. 11, 2003


CUA Joins in September 11

Memorial Mass at National Shrine


Hundreds of CUA students, faculty and staff attended the memorial Mass for the victims of the September 11 attacks.

Approximately 1,000 people — most of them CUA students, faculty and staff — marked the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon at a Memorial Mass held Sept. 11, 2003 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president, served as principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass; his homily can be read here. More than 20 other priests concelebrated the Mass with Father O’Connell.


The basilica is located adjacent to the CUA campus.  The university and national shrine communities first joined in prayer for the victims on Sept. 11, 2001, shortly after the attacks, during a noon Mass at the national basilica’s Great Upper Church.


A display of the “Walls of Hope,” inscribed with CUA students’ thoughts, messages and prayers following the attack, will be posted in the university’s Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center this week.












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