Priests Write Booklet on 9/11 Experiences

September 11, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On September 11, 2003 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "on Sept. 11, 2001, the Rev. John Kozar evacuated the 25 members of his Catholic missions staff from their office near the Empire State Building and set out on foot for his rectory near the burning ruins of the World Trade Center. Police officers directing emergency vehicles flagged him down and asked him to pray for them. Kozar, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, did so. He continued on his way. Two young people on the street asked him to hear their confessions. He invited them into a nearby church, and discovered it full. Kozar found great meaning in his priesthood that day -- as did the 24 other Catholic priests whose experiences at different crisis points on that day are recorded in a new booklet...He is one of four priests with local ties in "We Were There ..." ...The booklet was compiled by another Pittsburgh priest, the Rev. Edward Burns, executive director of the U.S. bishops' office for vocations."