The University of St. Thomas will hold two days of events in remembrance of the tragedy and in honor of the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, and Thursday, Sept. 12, on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses, bells will toll, prayer services will be held, peace flags will fly again, and a faculty panel will discuss the state of America and the world “One Year Later.”
Bells to toll
Campus bells will toll at noon Sept. 11 on both campuses, and Sept. 12 during the university’s Opening Mass and Celebration on the St. Paul campus. The Opening Mass and Celebration starts at 11:30 a.m. in the lower quad.
A prayer service will be conducted at noon Sept. 11 on the Minneapolis campus in the atrium of Terrence Murphy Hall, and a candlelight prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 in the lower quad on the St. Paul campus. People of all faiths are invited. The services will be interfaith and include diverse prayers and readings.
The peace flags that were made following the university’s Opening Mass and Celebration last year will fly again. The flags come from the tradition of Tibetan prayer flags. These flags, small pieces of brightly colored materials with prayers written on them, are strung together and hung outside as offerings, prayers and blessings for the wind to weave throughout the world.
Material also will be available to make more flags to continue the messages of peace, healing and remembrance. The materials will be available in the Peace Garden (located south of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas) from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 11.
The peace flags, an initiative of the Globally Minded Student Association, hung on trees last year from Sept. 13 through Nov. 1.
Opening Mass and Celebration
The Opening Mass and Celebration, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12, will be incorporated into the two-day set of activities commemorating Sept. 11, 2001. To connect with the September 11 memorial, bells will toll and declarations of peace will be read prior to the Mass, and the Rev. Dennis Dease, president of the university, will focus his homily on themes of peace and global understanding.
The Opening Mass and Celebration will be held in the lower quad. The rain site will be the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Ice cream treats and lemonade follow the Mass.
“One Year Later” faculty panel discussion
“Evaluating Our Situation One Year Later” will be the focus of a faculty panel discussion at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium. Panelists will address issues such as the consequences of changes in U.S. foreign and domestic policy, security, U.S. image abroad, the rule of law, human rights, security and implications for civil and political rights, rebuilding Afghanistan, Palestine and Israel, expanding the war to Iraq, and the growing involvement in Indonesia. The panel, organized by faculty members Dr. Bernie Brady and Dr. Cris Toffolo, is open to the public.