Father Angelo Pappas (left) was an early responder to Ground Zero in the early days following 9/11, and one of the first members of the IOCC Emergency Response Network born out of that tragedy. Since 9/11, the ERN team of 60 trained clergy and lay persons has provided relief and recovery support from coast to coast to victims of natural and manmade upheavals. (photo: IOCC)
September 9, 2011

Dear IOCC Friends,

Ten years ago, our world was forever changed by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and on our nation’s capital at the Pentagon. The human loss from that event was unimaginably tragic and a painful reminder that tragedy strikes everywhere, and that we need to be prepared everywhere.

As a global humanitarian organization, IOCC delivers relief everywhere from our shores and beyond. Out of the ashes of 9/11 rose our Emergency Response Network, a nationwide team of 60 courageous men and women trained as early responders to bring relief to victims of disaster, whether manmade or natural. From helping to rebuild family homes in the Gulf Coast post-Hurricane Katrina, comforting traumatized students following the Virginia Tech shootings, to delivering lifesaving food and medicine to famine victims in the refugee camps of Dollo Ado, Ethiopia, 9/11 served as the catalyst for creating the team of frontliners ever vigilant and ever ready to provide the tools needed to aid those in distress.

To all of the families who lost a loved one on that day, we pray for God’s mercy on their souls and eternal peace in His Kingdom. To those of us here sharing in this remembrance, we offer the wise words of Hermes, one of the Seventy Apostles – “Remember, never to fear the power of evil more than your trust in the power and love of God.”

In Christ,

Constantine M. Triantafilou
Executive Director and CEO