Prayers for Metro Workers
June 23, 2009
Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl led a prayer service today for staff of the Metro transit agency, following the tragic June 22 Metrorail accident that resulted in nine deaths and dozens of injuries.
“Confident that God always remembers the good we have done and God is good and gracious, let us remember those who have died … (and) those who were injured both physically or emotionally,” Archbishop Wuerl prayed. “Let us also remember and place before God in prayer the first responders and emergency personnel who came quickly to the aid of the injured and dying. Let us remember the entire Metro family and thank God for their service to this community.”
Prior to the brief service, Metro General Manager John Catoe spoke with employees who had gathered midday outside of Metro headquarters. In addition to the prayers by Archbishop Wuerl, prayers were offered by Pastor Tony Connelly, a Metro employee and minister at the Greater Lighthouse Church in Lanham, Maryland and Metro employee Carlotta Tyler.
The Archdiocese of Washington worked closely with the staff of Metro during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2008 and saw firsthand the professionalism and deep commitment of Metro employees to provide safe and efficient transportation for the community.
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