Honoring National Police Week (May 9-15), Holy Family University will hold its eighth annual Blue Mass on Friday, May 9 at 10 am, honoring the sacrifices of police and emergency responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The service, which will include a brief candle-lighting ceremony, will be held in the Campus Center gymnasium.
"This year, we are truly blessed that there were no Philadelphia police officers killed in the line of duty," said Joseph F. McBride, the University's Director of Safety and Security and a retired Philadelphia Police Sergeant. "We will continue to gather each year to pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in years past. We will never forget them."
McBride is coordinating the program, and Campus Minister James MacNew, OSFS, will officiate.
Police and fire officers from city districts and suburban townships are expected to attend, alongside Holy Family's Campus Public Safety personnel, composed mostly of retired police officers.
Special invited guests include Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey; Captain Len Ditchofsky of the 8th Police District; Lieutenant Bill Walls, Police Academy; Lieutenant Brian McBride Commanding Officer University City District; John McNesby, President of FOP Lodge 5; and other FOP officials. Family members of fallen police officers are also invited to attend the ceremony.
The event is free and open to the public.