The Church that Rose when the Towers Fell

Father Tom Colucci, formerly a Captain in the FDNY, takes a moment at the Ground Zero Memorial.

“That’s the way it is. Good days. And bad days. Up days. Down days. Sad days. Happy days. But never a boring day on this job. You do what God has called you to do. You show up. You put one foot in front of another. You get on the rig and you go out and you do the job — which is a mystery. And a surprise. You have no idea when you get on that rig. No matter how big the call. No matter how small. You have no idea what God is calling you to. But he needs you. He needs me. He needs all of us.”

Father Mychal Judge at an FDNY function a year or two before the events of September 11, 2001. (Fair Use)
Ground Zero, New York City, N.Y. (Sept. 16, 2001) — A lone fire engine at the crime scene in Manhattan where the World Trade Center collapsed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers. Clean-up efforts are expected to continue for months. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Eric J. TIlford. (RELEASED)
This is St. Peter’s Church located at 22 Barclay Street in the Financial District as it stood in 2008. The actual ‘9/11 Cross’ stood on the east facing wall but has now been transferred to the 9/11 Memorial Site.
The lives of the unborn are recorded among the 2977 who lost their lives on that day.
The Hope of the future — A young girl gazes out upon the reflecting ponds at the 9/11 Memorial as she sees the names of those whose lives were claimed by the senseless acts that occurred on September 11th.

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Jeffrey Bruno is an award winning photojournalist and creative director specializing in the mission and beauty of the Catholic Church around the globe.

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