'Day of Remembrance' at Fairfield University Tuesday

Fairfield University’s 9/11 Memorial honors the 14 Fairfield University alumni who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial includes a section of a steel beam that was once part of the original World Trade Center in New York City.

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Fairfield University commemorates the anniversary with a “Day of Remembrance” that features campus-wide events throughout the day. Beginning with an Interfaith Prayer Service at 9 a.m., events include a Memorial Mass at noon, continuous screenings of “Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero,” the exhibition opening “Dalton Ghetti: Remembering 9/11” at the Bellarmine Museum of Art, a Reflection Wall, and “Reconciliation: The Mary Initiative,” which includes a screening of the film “Three Faiths, Two Stories, One Woman,” followed by discussion and a light dinner.

“We hope these events on this special day will aid us in remembering and honoring all the victims of 9/11,” said Rev. the George Collins, S.J., director of Campus Ministry at Fairfield University. “We ask the entire campus and the community to join us in praying for reconciliation and peace among all people.” The date will forever hold a special place within the Fairfield University family; 14 Fairfield University alumni lost their lives on September 11, 2001. An on-campus memorial, situated in the front of Fairfield University’s Alumni House, includes a section of a steel beam that was once part of the original World Trade Center in New York City. “This year, we honor this important day of remembrance with events that promote healing and reconciliation,” said Julie Mughal, assistant director for the Center for Faith & Public Life. “We hope these events will allow us all to pause in our busy lives, to reflect on our collective humanity, and to celebrate peoples of all backgrounds and faiths.”

All “Day of Remembrance” events take place on the campus of Fairfield University, and are free and open to the public.

The complete schedule of events for the “Day of Remembrance” at Fairfield University on Tuesday, Sept. 11 follows:

Interfaith Prayer Service

9 a.m., Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

Co-sponsored by The Center for Faith and Public Life, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, the Muslim Student Association, Campus Ministry, and the Office of Mission & Identity.

Memorial Mass

12:10 p.m., Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

Mass will be offered in remembrance of the victims of 9/11. Hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, Fairfield University remembers all the victims of 9/11, but in a special way we will recall our alumni who perished on this day, and the family and friends who mourn their passing.

Reconciliation: The Mary Initiative

6 p.m., Kelley Center Presentation Room

The Mary Initiative, begun by Ingrid Stellmacher in 2007, presents an approach to faith-based relations and draws on the universal principles and qualities of Mary shared by Christians and Muslims uncovering a new conversation and a new bridge of common understanding. Through the screening of the film, “Three Faiths, Two Stories, One Woman,” viewers hear from people around the world, of different faiths and no faith, what Mary means to them. Their stories reveal a collective longing for recognition, reconciliation and healing.

An interactive discussion including Ms. Stellmacher follows the film. A light dinner will be served.

Co-sponsored by The Center for Faith and Public Life, the Muslim Student Association, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, the Center for Catholic Studies, Campus Ministry, and the Office of Mission and Identity.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP to [email protected] by Sept. 7.

 All-day events

“Reflection Wall,” Barone Campus Center: Students, faculty and staff may leave their thoughts and remembrances written on postcards that will be provided.

“Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero:” Continuous screenings begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Barone Campus Center. A Discovery Channel documentary, “Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero,” chronicles the massive effort to reshape Ground Zero.

“Dalton Ghetti: Remembering 9/11,” Bellarmine Museum of Art, noon to 5 p.m. Artist Dalton M. Ghetti honors the fallen with carved teardrops made from the graphite of recycled pencils found on streets and sidewalks. The 3,000 teardrops, each of which took nearly one hour to carve, are no bigger than a grain of rice.

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