Release date:September 6, 2006
Starring:Father Mychal Judge, Ian McKellen
"Saint of 9/11" presents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal Judge. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, a beloved Fire Department Chaplain, rousing Irish-American balladeer and iconoclast, Father Judge was a humble parish priest who wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in powerful and miraculous ways. In an enduring photograph of September 11th, a team of rescue workers carry a Franciscan priest's body from the World Trade Center. The world came to know Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain, FDNY, in death as a symbol of courage and sacrifice. Throughout his career as a friar, he lived a life of witness, action and love. He provided hope, warmth, compassion, and acceptance. Mychal Judge also knew the pain of loss and suffering. He struggled with alcoholism and was an outspoken AA advocate. Through his own vulnerability, imperfection and fragile humanity, he was able to reach people in their pain, shame and fragility. Father Judge was a gay man who loved his priestly work. "Saint of 9/11" weaves interviews with friends, colleagues, congregants and archival footage with Father Judge's words. "Saint of 9/11" portrays his life as a spiritual adventure and an honest embrace of life, where alcoholism and sexuality were acknowledged. "Saint of 9/11" is the story of a life's journey interrupted. Inspired by his life, the documentary embraces his full humanity.