Sunday, September 11 will be the tenth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center, and on that day, starting at 3:00 p.m., St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, at Clinton and Montague streets, will host “a community event to honor the spirit of Brooklyn and its particular perspective on our nation’s loss, recovery, and renewal.”
SANCTUARY STILL will include spoken word, music, and video presentations. Presenters will include elected officials, first responders from the fire and police departments, Brooklyn-based authors, faith leaders, and community members. Music will be provided by the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn, and St. Ann’s Choir.
On September 11, 2001, the St. Ann’s parish opened its doors to provide sanctuary for members of the Brooklyn Heights community and people fleeing lower Manhattan across the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The building was a haven for many afterwards and remains in continuous use for weekly worship, quiet contemplation, and as a venue for arts and community programs.
In announcing the event, the Rev. John E. Denaro, St. Ann’s Priest-in-Charge, said, “All of Brooklyn, in gathering spots like St. Ann’s, was and remains a sanctuary—a reality this community observance of 9/11 will honor a decade later. The participation of so many representing the diversity of Brooklyn promises to make this a profound and memorable tenth anniversary tribute.”
The public is invited to attend. The event is free and will last about 1½ hours with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall.