Labyrinth Will Memorialize 9/11 Victims

Labyrinth Will Memorialize 9/11 Victims

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer
A stone labyrinth honoring the 22 Boston College alumni lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York City will be dedicated at a campus ceremony to be held at noon next Thursday, the second anniversary of the tragic event.

The University community is invited to attend the memorial dedication to be held at the labyrinth site on the Burns Library lawn.

The dedication will begin with the tolling of the Gasson Hall bells, which will ring 22 times in honor of the BC graduates who died at New York's World Trade Center that day.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, Director of Campus Ministry James D. Erps, SJ, campus music organizations and members of the University community will participate in the dedication ceremony.

Family members of the deceased alumni have also been invited to attend.

The labyrinth, a medieval prayer circle of concentric rings forming a single path to the center, is similar to those used by Christians since the Middle Ages as an aid to meditation and prayer. The Boston College labyrinth is patterned after the famed stone pathway in the Cathedral at Chartres, France, where for centuries worshippers have prayed and reflected while making a symbolic pilgrimage along the winding walkway.

The names of the 22 Boston College graduates who died in the September 11 attacks will be etched on the stone lunation, or outer pathway, of the labyrinth. As part of next Thursday's ceremony, current Boston College students will recite the names of those deceased alumni.

"The University was looking for a fitting way to honor those who were lost," said Assistant to the President Rose Mary Donahue. "This just seemed to be appropriate.

"The format of this type of memorial is so meaningful in terms of reflection on the event," she said. "We were looking for something intended for meditation and prayer."

Maroon ribbons and commemorative prayer cards will be distributed to those attending the ceremony.

Following Thursday's memorial dedication, a World Wide Web site will be established with information on the Boston College labyrinth as well as links to the short biographies of the 22 alumni victims that appeared in Boston College Magazine following the September 11 tragedy. The Web site's address will be made available through BCInfo and the Boston College Chronicle.


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