Boston Marathon Bombings: Saint Anselm Community Responds

The effects of the bombing at the Boston Marathon continue to reverberate. Saint Anselm College students, staff, faculty and alumni ran, assisted or watched the marathon.They helped students assemble and return safely to campus. They witnessed the carnage caused by the two bombs. They participated in the pursuit and investigation that ensued. They followed the events closely through social media and television. And they worried until their loved ones were found to be safe.

A number of Anselmians have reached out to us with stories or reflections, and we decided to present them in this blog. It is a space where all Anselmians can share stories, offer and seek wisdom, and find pastoral guidance as we come to terms with the events that we experienced either first hand or from afar. We hope you will participate.

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Lifeguard: First-Hand Account

On April 15, a number of Saint Anselm runners and "lifeguards" found themselves stuck in Boston not knowing what to do. Allyn Doyle '13, recounts how she helped get everyone home safely.

Fr. Jonathan's Sunday Vigil Address

On Sunday, April 21, members of the community came together for a vigil and memorial walk around the new campus quad. Read remarks by Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B.

In Praise of the First Responders

Many of the first responders risked their lives to protect civilians and law enforcement. Peter DelRose Jr. '06 pays tribute Tim Menton '06, and his brother Patrick.

A Tighter Sense of Community

There are many ways in which this tragedy has helped bring us all closer together. Elizabeth P. Ossoff, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Psychology, explains.

The Process of Criminal Justice

So, why should we care about the way in which the bombing suspect is treated? Christopher Bruell, PhD., an instructor in the Criminal Justice Department explains.

How to Recover from Traumatic Exposure

Recovering from tragic events can take some time and effort. Loretta Brady, PhD., Associate Professor of Psychology, explains the ways in which you can bolster your own resilience.

Video: Sunday Vigil Memorial Walk

Paul Finn, PhD., Cross Country and Track Head Coach and Professor of Psychology, gave a brief talk to his runners just prior to the start of the Sunday Vigil event. Watch the video.

Photos: Sunday Vigil Memorial Walk

The first two laps were for the marathoners and lifeguards who were in Boston on Monday. The second two honored those honored those who died or were injured. Photos by Cory True '09.