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Mission Church audience hears prayers for peace

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Sept.11, 2002 - Neighbors, local firefighters and police joined faculty, staff and students at Santa Clara University today in the Santa Clara Mission de Asis for a memorial mass to remember the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Paul Locatelli, S.J., president of the University, asked a standing-room-only gathering of approximately 600 to use this day to "rediscover love, forgiveness, peace, justice and the common aspirations of all good people."

The SCU community had gathered in the Mission Church one year ago today, replacing its annual convocation with a community prayer service. Hundreds would gather twice more on campus in the ensuing weeks, once in the Mission Gardens, and again in the Mission Church, to mourn the victims of the terrorist attacks, including Deora Bodley, a 20-year old SCU junior who was a passenger on the United Airlines flight that was downed by terrorists in Pennsylvania.

"Today, Jesus again teaches us that all men and women of goodwill will promote peace, justice, harmony, human rights, and respect for all of God's creation and all of God's people," Locatelli said at today's service. "Jesus again teaches that we are to love the God of all people with our whole hearts and minds, and to love our neighbor - either friend or stranger, family or new immigrant - with that same love.

"Then will hate give way to love, vengeance give way to forgiveness, war give way to peace, maltreatment give way to justice. This is the gift of God we all share on this day of remembering and every day of our lives."

Locatelli also asked the audience to pray for the family of Santa Clara alumnus and Navy Capt. Lawrence Getzfred, Class of '71, who was killed while working at the Pentagon when it was struck by American Airlines Flight 77 on Sept.11, and for Caitlin Duffy, an SCU sophomore whose brother was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

The Mission Church will fill again tonight for a community music concert by The Choral Project, a Bay Area vocal ensemble, the San Jose State Choraliers and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra: "Remembering Voices, A Concert Commemorating 9/11," co-sponsored by the American Beethoven Society. The program includes "Requiem" and "Elegy" by Gabriel Faure, "Elegie" by Beethoven, plus works by Josquin, Copland and Clausen.

At 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, two days after fall quarter classes resume at the 7,400-student university, a small memorial rose garden in front of the Mission Church will be dedicated, honoring rescue workers and those who perished in the September 11 tragedies.

Santa Clara University last year established a Deora Bodley Memorial Book Fund to benefit nearby St. Clare's parish school, where Bodley had worked as a reading tutor. Contributions can be directed to: SCU - Deora Bodley Memorial Book Fund.

For a complete text of today's homily by President Locatelli, see

For background, from last year's memorials, also see these presidential speeches:

and these press releases:

For more information, call Barry Holtzclaw, media relations, at 408-554-5126, or 408-396-4491.

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