Prayer Garden Suggestion
(This letter was sent to Father Doyle at
St. Francis de Sales)
Dear Father Doyle:
We write to suggest a name change for the Prayer Garden located at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 129th Street, to the name of Father Mychal Judge Memorial Garden.
On September 11, 2001, Mychal Judge, Chaplain of the City of New York Fire Department was murdered following the terrorist attack. Mychal lost his life after courageously rushing to the WTC to support, console and administer the sacraments to the victims of the attacks.
Robert Emmet was born on May 11, 1933 on Dean Street in Brooklyn. His parents were Irish immigrants who met on the boat from Ireland. His father died when Mychal was 6 years of age, after a long illness. Mary (Fallon) Judge raised Emmet, his twin sister, Dympna and their older sister Erin from funds derived from the boarding house that she ran on Dean Street.
At the age of 15, Emmet entered the Franciscan seminary. He was ordained a Priest of the Franciscan Order of Friar Minors. He took the name Mychal.
In 1994, Mayor Giuliani appointed Father Judge as one of the Chaplains of the FDNY serving Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.
During his ministry, Father Mychal was well known for serving the poor, the homeless, immigrants, recovering alcoholics and gay men suffering from AIDS.
The Prayer Garden is a perfect location for surviving families, friends of the uniformed officers and Rockaway residents to find a place for reflection and prayer.