Fr. Grogan’s Legacy


On this 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we pause to remember all the victims of the tragedy, including Rev. Francis Grogan, C.S.C., who was among those killed.

Fr. Grogan was on United Airlines Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Center in New York City. His plane, which carried 65 people, hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m.

Donald DeMarco, a former student of Fr. Grogan’s at Stonehill College (Easton, Mass.), wrote a touching essay about his legacy for the Sept. 8, 2013, National Catholic Register. “Knowing this fine man, it is easy for me to believe that he was, indeed, ministering to people in their final moments. He was truly a priest forever, and his life and legacy will continue to inspire,” DeMarco said.

You can read DeMarco’s full commentary, “9/11: A Priestly Legacy,” on the NCR website.

You can read more about Fr. Grogan on the U.S. Province website in “A Priest’s Chalice;” and “Holy Cross Remembers 9/11;”

Mary, Mother of Sorrows, pray for the souls of those who have died and pray for us.

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