On September 11, 2001 almost 3,000 souls left this world by the tragedy now known as “9/11”. Of those, the very first certified death was Father Mychal Judge, a 68 year old Franciscan priest. Father Mychal served as Chaplain of the NYFD.
When the news of the attack reached him, Father Mychal rushed to the site and was met by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani who asked him to pray for the victims. Father immediately administered last rites to the dying. He then entered the WTC North Tower lobby to give aid and offer prayers.
As the South Tower suddenly collapsed, debris crashed through the North Tower lobby windows striking Father Mychal, ending his earthly pilgrimage as he prayed aloud.
It is in memory of this saintly priest that our Assembly is named. His favorite prayer:
Lord, take me where you want me to go,
let me meet who you want me to meet,
tell me what you want me to say,
and keep me out of your way.