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76 St. John's L. Rev. 1 (2002)


On the morning of September 11, 2001, the friars at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street in Manhattan had just prayed matins, the ancient morning prayer of the Catholic Church. Afterwards, Fr. Mychael Judge, O.F.M., and his brother Franciscans were enjoying the simple pleasure of their first cup of coffee of the day in the peace of Friary's Refectory. Directly across the street from the Church, an ominous all-alarm bell began to sound in the firehouse, while Fr. Mychael's fire department beeper went off. As he had done so many times previously, the Chaplain to the New York City Fire Department raced across the street to the fraternity of New York's bravest. Jumping aboard trucks, they sped to the scene of what would become the single greatest tragedy in the long history of New York City.


Reprinted with permission of St. John's Law Review.



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