On Friday, May 6 at 10 am in the Campus Center Gym, Holy Family University will celebrate the bravery and dedication of Police, Fire, and Public Safety professionals during the 10th annual Blue Mass.
Joe McBride, retired Philadelphia Police Department Sergeant and current Director of Public Safety at Holy Family University, constructed the event. Fr. James MacNew will preside over the Mass.
“The Blue Mass is important to the Officer's who are currently working on the streets, those who previously did, and to the families of officers who gave their lives to protect the public. This Mass reminds the families that these individuals were valued, respected, and never forgotten,” McBride said.
A 22-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, McBride worked as a Patrolman and in Plainclothes Investigations before retiring as Sergeant. His son, Brian, is a currently a Lieutenant in his 21st year with the Philadelphia PD.
“At the Blue Mass, we gather in prayerful support of the men and women who serve selflessly day and night to protect the citizens and their families,” Fr. MacNew said. “We gather in gratitude to God for the valiant spirit of self sacrifice demonstrated by our officers on every shift as they practice charity, patience, kindness, counsel, and courage in running unfailingly toward danger to protect the men, women, and children they have sworn to serve. We also gather in devout remembrance of officers from across the nation that have given the full measure of selfless service, who have given their own lives in the line of duty.”
Distinguished guests include Police Commanders from the Philadelphia Police Department, recruits from the Philadelphia Police Academy, and Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 officials, among others.