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Ithaca College to host screening of ‘Saint of 9/11’

The world came to know Father Mychal Judge, a chaplain with the Fire Department of New York, as a symbol of courage and sacrifice when he was killed outside the World Trade Center while tending to victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. The documentary “Saint of 9/11,” which will be screened at Ithaca College on Thursday, Feb. 12, demonstrates that he was much more than that. Part of the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series, the film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Textor 102. It is free and open to the public.Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, beloved fire department chaplain, and rousing Irish-American balladeer and iconoclast, Mychal Judge was a humble parish priest who wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in powerful and miraculous ways. A gay man who loved his priestly work, Judge knew the pain of loss and suffering. “Saint of 9/11” weaves interviews with friends, colleagues and congregants with archival footage to portray his life as a spiritual adventure, where alcoholism and sexuality were acknowledged as part of his humanity.Sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Education, Outreach, and Services, the Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series this year is focusing on the topic of “Intersections of Sexuality and Faith in Film.” For more information, visit http://www.ithaca.edu/lgbt/.

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