small American flag at the 9/11 Memorial site

Remembering 9/11: 20 Years

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. St. John’s University commemorates that day through solemn gestures and events, as we remember the nearly 3,000 innocent lives lost that day, including 75 members of the St. John’s family, and the scores of heroic first responders and members of the University community who have perished since. 

Schedule of Events

Queens Campus

September 10 – St. Thomas More Church 

7:30 a.m.–10 p.m.St. Thomas More Church is open all day for prayer and remembrance at the 9/11 Memorial Shrine
8 a.m.Mass for the repose of the souls lost on 9/11 and since due to related complications
12:15 p.m.Mass for the repose of the souls lost on 9/11 and since due to related complications

September 11 – St. Thomas More Church
Church bells toll at 8:46, 9:03, 9:37, and 10:03 a.m., marking the moments of impact in New York, NY; Washington, DC; and Shanksville, PA.

September 12 – St. Thomas More Church 

11 a.m.Sunday Community Mass
5:30 p.m.Sunday Student Mass

Staten Island Campus

September 10–12

  • 9/11 Memorial Quilt exhibit located in Campus Center gymnasium
  • Church bells toll every hour in remembrance

September 10 – Great Lawn

8:45 a.m.Prayer Service (weather permitting)

September 10 – St. Vincent de Paul Chapel

12:15 p.m.Mass for the repose of the souls lost on 9/11 and since due to related complications

We invite you to pause in quiet reflection and honor the lives that were senselessly lost and also welcome you to share your personal stories and reflections of the events of September 11. 

Throughout the year, you are also invited to submit names of those who have been called home to the Lord to our Virtual Book of Remembrance

Let us remember together those who lost their lives that day, as the author of the following prayer encourages us:

“May all of us remember with love and compassion this day.
May we grieve with those who still mourn,
And share memories with those who cannot forget.
May we draw strength from those who bravely responded,
And gave their lives to save others.
May we stand with strangers who became neighbors that day,
And remember their generosity and hospitality.
Above all, God, may we remember your faithfulness,
And learn to trust in your unfailing love.”

Christine Sine

Alumni Magazine

In the Winter 2001 Alumni Magazine, St. John’s honored those who fell in the attacks and the heroes who helped. 

Manhattan Campus Video

The St. John's University Manhattan Campus was transformed into an American Red Cross Respite Center following the attacks. There, first responders and workers were able to clean up, rest, and receive a hot meal before continuing to help. St. John's is proud to have helped all first responders and workers during this time and thanks them for all their efforts. View the video here.

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