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A Priest of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Reflects on His Experience

September 8, 2011

Father Raymond Nobiletti, M.M., a priest of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, was a first responder on the morning of September 11, 2001, rushing to the World Trade Center from his rectory in Chinatown just after the first plane hit to help in any way he could. Ten years later he reflects on that day and the months that followed.  

In his own words, Father Nobiletti shares his experience of the presence of God in the midst of evil. He explains that he saw the face of God everywhere – in the first responders, in the injured, in those who were helping one another that day, and in the volunteers from all over the world who descended on the city in the weeks that would follow.  He expresses that for him and for others, “the priesthood of service became so much more important…in the months that followed September 11, 2001.”

As he explains, “The recognizable presence of a priest who represents the compassion and forgiveness of God should never be underestimated, especially in the midst of sudden crisis or in the face of such evil. The presence of God and the grace of God was and still is tangible at Ground Zero. What a gift and privilege it was to be an instrument of God’s grace and part of the team of people from all walks of life who made God so present to all on that day. In our own life journey everyday, we continue to experience God’s presence in these people and this place.”

To read Father Nobiletti’s full reflection in his own words, please click here.