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New York professor nabs grant for book on Catholics touched by 9/11

A religion professor from New York is one of 22 recipients of a federal $60,000 grant for scholars and writers that will allow her to study and write about Catholic families affected by the terrorist attacks on 11th September 2001, in New York City.

Julie Byrne, associate professor of religion at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, was named as one of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Public Scholars earlier this month, allowing her to delve into how the event affected Catholic communities whose members worked in New York City, but had moved to live in its suburbs and how that first generation of white-collar workers vanished in one day.

“I was hoping there would be a way to tell these stories” and give voice to the 9/11 experience for a wide swatch of Catholic communities affected by the attacks, said Byrne.

Catholic communities in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut suffered great losses, not just of white-collar employees at financial firms at the World Trade Center towers, but of first responders who helped during the tragedy, she said.

The loss of life of Catholics in the event was significant, she said, and it greatly affected the population they left behind, who had seen their families and communities advance from union workers and tradespeople and into white collar jobs that gave them greater social mobility as a community. She said she will look at what it meant, not just for families but for the whole demographic and “what it meant to lose that person” that carried the family narrative into a different direction and “have it turn into something so tragic.”

“It’s not talking so much about the Catholic religion but about Catholics themselves,” she said.

The federal grants help scholars and other writers focus on scholarly nonfiction books but their subject matter has to be of interest to a wider audience.

Byrne’s book will focus in part on the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the attacks.

Picture: A view of World Trade Center Towers after a hijacked flight assault on each structure in lower Manhattan. The photographs were taken in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. (PA).

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JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

At noon today (Sunday, 29 March), England will be rededicated as the Dowry of Mary. While celebrations have been scaled back for obvious reasons, Catholics can still make join in at home by saying the prayers below. You can say the prayers at any time of day, although...

Online Mass and CAFOD are helping fill the holes left in our Sundays

With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

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Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Church leaders throughout Europe have been struggling to maintain Catholic religious devotions...

CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

With the onset of the coronavirus leaving many spending more time inside, organisations have swung into action moving their activities online, including UK charity CAFOD, which hopes its digital events and resources will unite international communities. The Covid-19...