On the nineteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Delbarton remembered the victims during the first Mass of the School year, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, in the Abbey Church. Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, OSB presided over the service in the Abbey Church.
Active participants in the service were present in the Church, as well as members of the Class of 2026 -- all newcomers to Delbarton this year -- and their teachers. The majority of students and faculty members were seated in classrooms and attended Mass virtually due to Covid restrictions. For remote viewers, Communion was offered in-person to students and faculty in Trinity Hall and traditional Delbarton Jacket & Tie mandates were suspended. This was a most unusual service for Delbarton in every way but, once again, our Covid-impacted Reopen Roadmap seemed to work.
Each September 11, we recall the following eighteen men and women who had a connection to the School. Jonathan Peri '21 read the list aloud during today's service: Bryan Bennett '94, Tommy Clark P'18 (son of Richard Clark '53), David Campbell P'02, '04, Francis X. Deming P'07, John Doherty (uncle of Nicholas '03 and PJ Cirella '05), Michael Finnegan (brother-in-law of Brian McDonnell '84), Debra Fischer Gibbon (aunt of Adam '09, Kyle '11 and Chad Fischer '17), Kevin Hanaford, Timothy R. Hughes, Richard Madden (brother of Josh Madden '82), William J. Martin (brother and brother-in-law of Laura and Matt Davis P'22, uncle of Owen Davis '22), Matthew T. McDermott P'20, Patrick McGuire P'09, '12, Thomas Reinig P'99, '00, Frank Skidmore P'91,'92, Timothy P. Soulas P'08, '10, '12, Jimmy Swazzo (uncle of faculty member Daniel McHale) and Peter West P'90.
If we have omitted the name of a Delbarton family member who lost his or her life that day, please share the name with us here. We remember all 2,819 victims of 9/11 and pray for the families and friends they left behind: 1,606 people lost spouses, 3,051 children lost parents in the tragedy.
In September 2018, inspired by members of the Class of 2016, Delbarton dedicated a seedling from the 9/11 Survivor Tree and the tree continues to thrive in the Senior Garden.
The pergola area of the Senior Garden is also dedicated to 9/11 victims...
St. Mary's Abbey and Delbarton School will never forget.