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Roses dedicated at Mission Church as memorial for victims of September 11

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept.25, 2002 – Four rose bushes planted outside the Mission Santa Clara de Asis today were blessed as memorials to the victims of the September 11 terror attacks, as prayers for peace echoed at the Santa Clara University campus.

Deborah Borza, mother of SCU junior Deora Bodley who died when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept.11, stood on the steps of the Mission Church and read from The Book of Micah, reading "they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks." Approximately 180 friends, family, students, faculty, and staff attended the 4:30 p.m. service, including several students from nearby St. Clare School, where Bodley had been a tutor.

SCU President Paul Locatelli, S.J., dedicated the roses, which are marked by a brass plaque:

  • A Peach Sunset Celebration rose commemorates Deora Bodley.
  • A white Pascali rose honors Capt. Lawrence D. Getzfred, USN, class of 1971, who was killed in the September 11 attack on the Pentagon.
  • A red Mr. Lincoln rose commemorates Sept. 11 victims who were relatives and friends of Santa Clara students, faculty, staff, and alumni, especially Christopher Duffy, the older brother of sophomore Caitlin Duffy, and Sean O’Neill, son of Jim O’Neill, class of 1950.
  • A pink Our Lady of Guadalupe rose honors all others who died in the attacks and the rescue workers at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Mario Prietto, S.J., director of Campus Ministry, blessed the roses, saying: "May the beauty and fragility of these roses serve as a reminder to all of us of the preciousness of the lives that were lost – those commemorated on the plaque and all who suffered as a result of those acts of hate. May they remind us as well that goodness is greater than evil, love stronger than hate."

For a text of the President's remarks, see

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