On the eighteenth 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 where Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, OSB, began the service by reading aloud the names of the eighteen 9/11 victims who had a connection to the Delbarton community.
Included in that number were these seventeen men and women who had a connection to the School: 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), 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 new faculty member Daniel McHale) and Peter West P'90.
Today and every day we continue to remember all 2,819 victims of 9/11 who died and we pray for the families and friends they left behind. 1,606 people lost spouses, 3,051 children lost parents in the tragedy.
Last September, Delbarton dedicated a seedling from the 9/11 Survivor Tree thanks to the work of members of the Class of 2016, and the tree is thriving in the Senior Garden. St. Mary's Abbey/Delbarton will never forget.