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Cardinal Tobin Commemorates 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Photos courtesy of the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Newark NJ, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11 by honoring those who died and consoling the loved ones they left behind during a special Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on September 8.

In his homily, Cardinal Tobin acknowledged no one will ever forget the “national tragedy” that occurred 20 years ago. But he said those who are especially struggling after losing family in the “carnage” should know God shares the burden of life after experiencing it through His son, Jesus. And now God’s compassionate love will be with His children forever, Cardinal Tobin said.

“Because God became little and experienced our weakness, those who remember how a sunny morning disappeared into a dark night can be comforted that evil does not have the final word,” Cardinal Tobin said, adding that people should turn to Mary in their grief. “The Mother of God is also called the Sorrowful Mother. May she comfort those who are overwhelmed in sadness as they remember 9/11. May she lead them to hope, hope that has a name and a face, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.”

From left: Andy Trayner, Maggie Murphy, Vera Murphy-Trayner, Cardinal Tobin, Lori Jean Murphy, Tony Scarfo

Cardinal Tobin also highlighted the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, which organized the Mass to bring attention to three “remembrance scholarships” created in tribute to 9/11 victims. Vera Murphy-Trayner, who established one of those scholarships in 2006 to honor her husband Patrick S. Murphy, participated in the Mass as a gift bearer alongside her daughter Maggie Murphy. The other two scholarships were newly-endowed by Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark and Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair.

To learn more about the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children or donate to its scholarships, visit

The Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children, founded in 1983 as the Fund for Educational Advancement, is a non-profit organization funded by corporations, foundations, and individual donors who wish to invest in the future of economically-disadvantaged children living in neighboring communities. The fund has provided more than $54 million in partial-tuition assistance to students from economically-disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds within the Archdiocese of Newark, including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. Scholarships are based on need without regard to religion, gender, race, or ethnic background. Applicant families must be ready to provide proof of income and must intend to attend one of the schools within the four counties it serves.

The Archdiocese of Newark serves approximately 1.3 million Catholics who reside in the 511 square miles of the four counties it serves: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. Comprised of 212 Catholic parishes and 74 primary and secondary Catholic schools, the Archdiocese is shepherded by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. He was appointed Archbishop of Newark on November 7, 2016, and elevated to Cardinal by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on November 19, 2016. Cardinal Tobin was installed as Archbishop of Newark on January 6, 2017. To learn more, visit

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