ECSers worldwide share in prayers to those
individuals that were hit by tragedy on September 11th, 2001. Emails
have been exchanged asking about those that live in New York, in
Washington, and those that have made the airways their home. ECSers
are providing prayers for loved ones, friends, family, and American
I completed my studies at the American
School of Madrid - Madrid, Spain. Previously I had lived in Puerto
Rico attending the Episcopal Cathedral School. Upon my arrival to
Madrid, Spain I was exposed to the closeness of tragic events having
lived overseas. And now it hit US in our very own country. I recall
upon my arrival to Madrid, Spain in 1980, on July 16th a few blocks
from the hotel a car bomb exploded. And in subsequent years there
were two military coops, and the Swiss Airline office bombing in
Plaza De Espana.
I thank Ms. Lorraine Falcon for her
grand heart in extending the lines of communications among the ECS
community worldwide - Ms. Falcon writes,
"Dear friends and family:
After today's tragic events, I really
want to hear from all of you that you are well and that you have not
been directly hurt by what has happened. If you have been, if
someone close to you has, please let me know so that I may lift you
up in prayer.
I hope that you are all well, but as
events unfolded today, I couldn't help but think that my friends and
family might, in some way, be touched by this terrible tragedy.
I pray that we may all realize from this how frail we really are;
how weak, even the strongest man-made structures are; and how we can
only be TRULY protected by giving ourselves to our LORD Jesus Christ
in mind and spirit. God bless you all! In His love."
tragedy is felt by all the world... ,Thank
you, everyone, for your support during this difficult time. Our
hearts go out to each and every one of you.", as portrayed by
Our alumni write ... (there
are many more and more to come that we will continue to share
amongst ourselves via email) ...
comments capturing the essence of ECSers
- their thoughts and prayers ...
Agustin Gonzalez writes, "Thank
God - we are okay in Miami, FL. I work for Bank of America. Our
offices are in the Bank of America Downtown Tower - the building
that gets illuminated on various evening. We evacuated since this
building and the First Union tower are attractive landmarks in
Downtown Miami. But, tomorrow we plan to be back at work for
business as usual. Bank of America had offices in the World Trade
Center buildings in New York, NY. Our offices were located in the
9th and 10th floor. According to our company associates in New York
the folks that were present at the office were able to evacuate
after the plane crashes before the collapse of the buildings. Banc
of America Securities had offices on the 87th floor - most
associates have been accounted for. Thanks, Mrs. Falcon for your
thoughts and kind words."
Eric Sobalvarro ('84) writes, "All
is well in San Francisco, California :). It's a terrible tragedy,
I'm sure all of you like me really don't know what to do or say.
This morning I watched a 757 from Thailand coming in for a landing
to SFO around 11am PST and was concerned as all air traffic was
supposed to be halted. As soon as the plane landed two F16's
positively TORE ass out of the general area of the airport headed
out over the Pacific. It results it was a flight originally
headed from Thailand to LAX but was re-routed to us. The city
is so quiet, were so used to having flights overhead all the time.
We live in strange times. I hope all of you and yours are ok."
Michelle Perez writes, "Hello!
I am in Long Island New York. We are grief stricken here.
Hundreds of my students here at LIU have been personally affected
but the devestating events today. My husband is and NYPD officer.
He is in the city now and I don't expect him home for the next few
days. He has called me and is fine. However, the
description of what he has seen will be burned in his heart &
memory for ever. Your prayers and blood donations are greatly
appreciated. Please be with your families tonight &
tomorrow. My prayers are with all of you too."
Yosem Companys writes, "I
am truly stunned by today's events. If anyone saw the movie
THE SIEGE, this attack was almost scripted from that Denzel
Washington / Bruce Willis movie. Unfortunately, the attack on
the World Trade Center (WTC) was real and three of its buildings are
now gone. I have lived and worked in NYC on several occasions.
I worked in the World Financial Center (part of the WTC complex) and
on Broad Street, which is a couple of streets behind the WTC.
As luck should have it, however, I gave up on my offer to return to
banking and decided to pursue a Ph.D. in the Bay Area, which spared
me from witnessing the horrific events that took place. I am
also lucky that I decided to return from Spain through Newark on
Sunday, or I may not have been here writing today to all of you to
express my deepest sense of sympathy to all of you who lost family
members or friends today. I am not ashamed to say that I have been
crying most of the day. I think that even people who have no
personal attachment to people working in the WTC would cry. I
am still not sure at this time, however, if I also lost close
personal friends in the attack. I am devastated to think that
a place where I worked and shared a large part of my professional
life in has disappeared forever. As I was returning from Spain flying
into Newark on Sunday, I gazed through the airplane window at the
WTC. I told my girlfriend: "hey, take a look at the WTC.
We may not see it again in a while." Little did I know
then that it would disappear forever. If there is something that I ask from all of you is to stand behind
our President. We Americans can get through everything -- even
disasters like this one -- as long as we present a united front
against terrorism. We must pray for the souls of the dead,
especially those who committed suicide by leaping to their deaths in
a desperate effort to escape the fire and destruction. We must
also pray for the living trapped in the rubble, as well as for their
families. May God give them fortitude and courage -- as well
as the patience -- to survive this ordeal. There are no words to
express the feelings of grief I have at this time. I am
comforted, however, to know that we share the same grief and pain --
and that together we will get through this difficult and trying
time. Best wishes and deepest sympathy.
Cecilia Wandinga writes, "I
already contacted some to say everything is ok in Pittsburgh since
the planes went down about 1hr outside the City. The
downtown was evacuated though because it was believed the USX
tower was a target. Having lost people I care about in the
Nairobi bombings this is really infuriating and just waiting on
pins and needles to see if there is anyone I know in this round.
Yesterday checked with all immediate friends and acquaintances and
everyone is fine. Just the other night I was watching an old
movie where there was footage of Gorbachev delivering his Peristroika speeches and I thought what incredible historic
events we have witnessed. Yesterday the Irish curse came to
mind: May you live in interesting times. The senseless of
human hatred is unfathomable. There is no way to emotionally
recover from the loss created by such an event. All we can
do is help those that remain and work to find ways to prevent such
situations from happening. Right now there is a shortage of
blood so anyone who can donate should contact a Red Cross center.
They are flooded with calls and ask you to leave your name, number
and location/area you wish to donate so they can get back to you. My
prayers go out to everyone affected."
Grisel De Leon (Mundo) writes, "Just
a quick note to report on my cousin Rafi Sardina who lives and works
in NY. He and his wife are OK, their buildings were evacuated
and like most of New Yorkers, they walked most of the way home until
they could find transportation. Please pray for them as they
return to their jobs and try to resume their lives. Pray for
our nation's leaders and for our well being.
Giselle Esquilin (Rodriguez) writes, "I
just logged on after two days of trying to make sense of this
tragedy. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and concern for
those of us who experienced this tragedy first hand. I was working
in the city but, thankfully, was not in the vicinity of the WTC.
I can tell you that it was pretty nerve wracking to not be able to
leave the city and to wonder what else was going to happen.
Thankfully, I made it home ok to my children. I ask that we all pray
for our President and his cabinet as they sift through evidence and
as they strategize as to how to deal with this assault
on our freedom. Also continue to pray for the safety of all
New Yorkers as we continue to hear rumors of more bomb scares in the
city. God bless you all and thank you for your concern.
Ms. Falcon writes,
"Dear ECS Family:
These are very sad times in which we are living. The events
that have taken place in this country this week have shaken us up in
so many ways! One of the first things I did was to get in
touch with as many of my friends and relatives as possible to make
sure they were alright. Even if they did not live or work in
New York or D.C., this has been such a far-reaching nightmare, it has touched everyone in this country and around the
world in numerous ways.
I have sat at this computer night after night and morning after
morning, reading your e-mails. Thankfully, every one I have
received has reassured me of your safety. But, there have been
some of people who were in very close proximity to the places where
the attacks took place, some who know people who were in those vicinities, some who were waiting
to hear from
friends and acquaintances in those areas, hoping they were alright.
I have been praising God for the safety of those who have replied; I have
asking that He protect those from whom some of you have not yet
heard. I worry about those from whom I have not heard and I lift them up in
prayer to the Lord,
that they may be fine and that their silence to my communication may
just be a result of the chaotic conditions that this disaster has caused in so
many people’s lives.
We must pray together. I know the most natural reaction in the
face of things is to be angry or depressed; to ask for vengence or
to want to crawl into a hole and shut out everything that is happening
But we must seek a course of action somewhere in between those two
extremes. It is alright to feel anger...we would not be human otherwise. The
same is true of feeling an overpowering sense of sorrow and dispair.
But, we must not allow ourselves to be blinded by the anger or
engulfed by a sense of helplessness. Neither of these is
Action will be taken, in due time, by our governmental authorities.
Let them be the ones to make the difficult decisions that lie ahead.
Let us lift up our leaders in prayer that they will have the wisdom to make the
choices that God would have them make. We must, in turn, ask
God to give us strength and courage to face the consequences of the decisions that will be made soon.
It is also important that we mourn the loss of lives, the loss of
our sense of security in this country, the loss of our normalcy.
However, we must not allow ourselves to become paralyzed by the
sorrow and grief. That would be like being “dead” inside ourselves. It would be just as tragic as having lost a
one through this disaster.
I know I still think of you as “my kids,” even though I try not
to. You are wonderful adults: parents, spouses,
professionals, friends, children of God, my brothers and sisters.
I love you all and I know this tragedy will help to bring out the
best in all of us, so that our country will be able to “rise from
the ashes,” like the legendary Phoenix and fly again. Our
united effort, our united prayer, will make this possible. And
it will all be for the Glory of God Almighty.
In His Love.
Cathedral School Founded in 1946