Priest who served following 9/11 honored in church ceremony

Father Winslow died after inhaling debris and dust
Posted at 8:37 PM, Sep 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 08:02:50-04

All Saints Cathedral held a special service Sunday to honor first responders both who served on September 11, 2001 and who continue to serve in the community every day. 

The church also took time to honor one of its priests, Father Thomas Winslow, who spent three months in New York City following the attacks to serve as a chaplain for the FBI. 

"After 9/11 he was called up by the FBI to see if he would go out to New York and deal pastorally with the first responders, the firefighters and EMTs and police officers who were dealing with the aftermath of 9/11," said Father Kevin Carroll, dean at All Saints Cathedral. "They'd lost their friends, they were dealing with a lot of tragedy."

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  • He says Winslow inhaled a lot of dust and debris at Ground Zero and as a result, needed a lung transplant in 2009. He died in 2012. 

    "When he was called, he went," said Carroll. "When he saw human need and suffering he went to see what he could to to help alleviate it and I think that's a legacy we could all live into in our own way, whether in our communities, wherever we are called upon to help."

    Winslow's daughter, Catherine Winslow attended the service Sunday, saying her father taught her how to serve others. 

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  • "I love him, I miss him," she said. "He taught me that it is by serving others that we serve our Lord God."

    The church will hang a portrait and plaque in the library in honor of Father Winslow.