The response of the Vincentian and Charity Families to the attacks of 9/11 is chronicled, using people’s own words wherever possible. On the day itself and during the aftermath, Sisters of Charity and Vincentians prayed with and counseled grieving people, first responders, and rescue workers. Personnel from Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center were among the earliest to arrive at Ground Zero, and the Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers treated over one thousand victims. Among other things, Sisters of Charity served as New York Police Department chaplains, answered calls to hospital information lines, and worked at a DNA collection site and a debris examination site. Daughters of Charity oversaw Catholic Charities’ relief efforts for affected families. The Vincentian Family held vigils, rallies, and interfaith services. In addition, “colleges and universities founded by the Sisters of Charity and the Vincentians . . . sponsored lectures and programs to help students explore theological, political, historical, and psychological issues raised by 9/11.” These are just some of many ways in which the Vincentian and Charity Families served after the tragedy. Theological reflections are included.
Bechtle, Regina S.C.
"In the Face of Adversity: The Response of the Vincentian and Charity Families to 9/11,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 21:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol21/iss2/4