Blue Mass honors fallen heroes

Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity hos­ted its sev­enth an­nu­al Blue Mass to hon­or fallen po­lice and fire­fight­ers and those who have sup­por­ted them.

Joe McBride, a re­tired po­lice ser­geant and dir­ect­or of se­cur­ity at Holy Fam­ily, and the Rev. James MacNew, cam­pus min­is­ter, es­tab­lished the Mass, which is tra­di­tion­ally held in con­junc­tion with Na­tion­al Po­lice Week.

MacNew cel­eb­rated the Mass on May 10 in Holy Fam­ily’s gym. He was as­sisted by the Revs. Mark Hunt, re­li­gion pro­fess­or at Holy Fam­ily, and Steve Wet­zel, pas­tor at St. Joachim, and Joe Cella, chap­lain for Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5.

As guests sang Amaz­ing Grace, McBride read the names of the in­di­vidu­als be­ing spe­cially re­membered at the Mass: fallen Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers Bri­an Lorenzo and Moses Walk­er; murdered Ply­mouth Town­ship po­lice of­ficer Brad Fox; MIT po­lice of­ficer Sean Col­li­er, shot to death, al­legedly by the Bo­ston Mara­thon bombers; Phil­adelphia Fire Capt. Mi­chael Good­win, who died last month in a blaze in South Phil­adelphia; re­cently de­ceased Bish­op Joseph Mc­Fad­den, who cel­eb­rated two Blue Masses; Holy Fam­ily se­cur­ity of­ficer Ed Nowakowski, a re­tired po­lice cor­por­al who died sud­denly at 62; and Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficers Mil­an Merke and Marc Brady, who died in vehicle ac­ci­dents while off duty.

Among those in at­tend­ance were po­lice Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, the new com­mand­er of North­east De­tect­ives; FOP Lodge 5 pres­id­ent John McNesby; and city Man­aging Dir­ect­or Rich Negrin.

McBride, a mem­ber of Phil­adelphia Po­lice Academy Class 213, wel­comed mem­bers of the cur­rent Class 364 to the Mass. ••

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