On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Delbarton remembered the victims during a Prayer Service in Memory of 9/11 immediately after school in the Abbey Church.
During the brief service organized by Delbarton Mission & Ministry led by Mr. Matthew White, Delbarton father Mr. Chris Royse shared his experience escaping from the 51st floor of the South Tower as New York City firefighters ascended the stairs. Royse was still in the tower when the second plane struck the building, and witnessed the collapse of the North Tower from a ferry en route to Hoboken.
He remembers the heroism of the FDNY, and other random acts of kindness that day. "Be the Good Samaritan," he said as he concluded his poignant remarks. He prefaced his remarks by reading aloud the names of the eighteen 9/11 victims who had a connection to the Delbarton community, including 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.
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.
Several years ago, Delbarton dedicated a seedling from the 9/11 Survivor Tree thanks to the efforts of members of the Class of 2016, and the tree is thriving in the Senior Garden.
The monks of St. Mary's Abbey and the Delbarton community will never forget.