Tony the Tour Guy's Blog

A not very regular series of posts on New York City history, historic preservation, genealogy and related themes.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Honoring Chaplain Mychal Judge with a Church In Dallas

Friends will know that I'm big on honoring the memory of Fr. Mychal Judge, the FDNY chaplain killed on 9/11. In a nation where the term "Christian" has come to mean "arrogant, right-wing, Bible-thumping bore," it's easy to forget what the term really stands for. And Judge was the real thing, dedicating his life not only to firefighters, but to many whom the Catholic church has turned its back on. I've heard of a movement to have Fr. Mychal canonized. That's great, but given the leanings of the current occupants of Vatican City, we shouldn't hold our breath.

In the meantime, some folks in Dallas have taken the daring move of naming their church for "St Mychal." No, this isn't the "official" RC Church, but apparently a spin off of the Dutch Old Catholic Church. Take a look at their web site. Mychal would be pleasantly amused, I think.


At 9:55 AM , Blogger Mychals Prayer said...

Most of us first heard of Father Mychal Judge, the late New York fire chaplain and "the saint of 9/11", from that iconic photo of his body being carried from Ground Zero.

Yet even prior to his heroic death on 9/11, Father Mychal was widely seen by many New Yorkers as a living saint for his deep spirituality and his extraordinary work not only with firefighters -- but with the homeless, recovering alcoholics, people with AIDS, immigrants, gays and lesbians, and others rejected by society.

This often annoyed the Roman church hierarchy. But like his spiritual father St. Francis of Assisi, Mychal reported directly to a Higher Authority, as evidenced by several miraculous healings through him.

For more information about Father Mychal, I invite you to visit:

At 7:46 PM , Blogger Tony the Tour Guy said...

Thank you for that nice tribute to a great New Yorker.


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