In an enduring photograph of September 11th, a team of rescue workers carry a Franciscan priest's body from the World Trade Center. The world came to know Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain, FDNY, in death as a symbol of courage and sacrifice.
Throughout his career as a friar, he lived a life of witness, action and love. He provided hope, warmth, compassion, and acceptance. Mychal Judge also knew the pain of loss and suffering. He struggled with alcoholism and was an outspoken AA advocate. Through his own vulnerability, imperfection and fragile humanity, he was able to reach people in their pain, shame and fragility. Father Judge was a gay man who loved his priestly work.
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