Heeding the call to Never Forget, The Ursuline School remembers September 11 each year through prayer and through service.
At our Opening School Mass on September 12, 2019 we prayerfully remembered the victims of the attacks of September 11 and asked God for peace and consolation. Mr. Monacelli carried in the American Flag. Several special symbols graced our liturgy: a six-inch piece of steel from the World Trade Center Towers and an inspirational memoir by Pamela Bundschuh Koch ’68, For Goodness Sake, that revealed the story behind the St. James 9/11 bereavement support group.
An oak sapling was blessed at the beginning of our liturgy and dedicated in a short ceremony following our Mass. The tree will be a living reminder of our alumna Helen Crossin-Kittle '85, the only Ursuline alumna who was among those lost on that tragic day 18 years ago, and the loved ones of our extended school community who were lost on 9/11/01.
Ursuline is proud and honored to have been selected as a home for this sapling from The World Trade Center Oak Project. Forty-one oak saplings - from acorns collected from the oak trees surrounding the September 11 Memorial in New York City and raised in Michigan - are being donated and delivered to families, first responders and other organizations in the New York area this week as living memorials. Out of the destruction will come new life in this tree.
Present for the blessing and dedication were members of the Kittle family. Joining them were several of Helen’s classmates from the Class of 1985 who have established the Helen Crossin-Kittle '85 Memorial Scholarship at Ursuline in her memory. The first recipient of the scholarship, Kristen ’20, participated in the dedication. Our oak tree will serve as a symbol of hope and strength for future generations of Ursuline students. Thank you to Chris Hopcraft of The World Trade Center Oak Project for joining us and for selecting Ursuline as a home for one of the saplings.
The service aspect of our September 11 remembrance took place on September 7 at the Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center New Rochelle Office for the Aging in New Rochelle. It was part of Volunteer NY! 9/11 Serve + Remember Program, an annual community-wide day of service dedicated to honoring the memory of those who died on September 11, 2001.