|Fresh Kills Landfill|
Mount Manresa Retreat House on Staten Island recently dedicated this cross made from World Trade Center steel to memorialize the efforts of its staff and volunteers in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The retreat house became a temporary home for many rescue workers as they labored at the nearby Fresh Kills landfill, where debris from the World Trade Center was sent. The retreat house was also a center to help families of the victims, and the Red Cross set up headquarters there for six months after the attack. A memorial collage of photos of Ground Zero, Fresh Kills landfill, and rescue workers at Mt. Manresa was mounted opposite the cross. Manresa retreat directors Fr. John King, SJ, and Fr. Tom Quinn, SJ, spent some time at the landfill for four months, talking and listening to the detectives who were raking the debris. "Our role was not that of counselor or spiritual director," says King. "We were there just to listen to them and chat with them along the lines of their interests. "Once in a while, one of the men would point to another and say: 'Father, he needs a conversion.' We'd smile and reply 'We're not on duty here for that. We just want to sit around and chat with you.' They'd all nod their heads in agreement," remembers King.
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