|John Paul would have been proud|
of Father McGraw
|Father Stephen McGraw|
First Degree: Father Kevin Cook was a classmate of Steve McGraw in the seminary.
Second Degree: Father Kevin met John Paul II
Father Stephen's September 11 Story
Just months into his priesthood, Father Stephen McGraw was on his way to a funeral at Arlington National Cemetary. He took the wrong exit and found himself stuck in traffic by the Pentagon. As his car crept along a deafening sound roared over his head. It was American Airlines flight 77. Moments later the Pentagon was an inferno. The following story quotes witnesses to Father McGraw's bravery and love.
|Father McGraw kneels (right) in prayer|
and comfort on September 11, 2001
"He literally had the stole in one hand and a prayer book in the other and in one fluid motion crossed the guardrail," said Mark Faram, a reporter from the Navy Times who witnessed McGraw in the first moments after the crash.
Within 45 seconds, McGraw was on the lawn of the Pentagon to provide spiritual comfort to the injured.
For the DC Military story click here.
For more stories of priests and how they responded, click here.
For an article about a priest in New York who died from debris and the push by firemen to his canonization click here.
Did you know? There are people who deny the attacks of 9/11. There are people who deny the Holocaust too. These people are violating a commandment of God, "Thou shalt not bear false witness." Let's make a search for Father Stephen McGraw bring up the truth and love of his priesthood. Please do the following things,
- link to his parish site http://www.holyfamilycatholicchurchdalecity.org/
- write blog posts about him and make all your friends read them
- pray for all priests who are scorned when they do right
The text of St. Matthew runs as follows:
- Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Verse 10)
One of the conspiracy theory blogs had a comment "how many priests do you know who would leave a job to tend to people in 9/11?" The answer, ALL OF THEM. Here is a video of another priest who ran toward the destruction. The saint of 9/11.