H. R. 2503
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 12, 2011
Mr. King of New York (for himself and Mr. Grimm) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services
To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress posthumously to Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M., beloved Chaplain of the Fire Department of New York who passed away as the first recorded victim of the September 11, 2001, attacks in recognition of his example to the Nation of selfless dedication to duty and compassion for one’s fellow citizens.
This Act may be cited as the
Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M.,
Congressional Gold Medal Act.
Congress finds the following:
Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M., beloved Chaplain of the Fire Department of New York passed away as the first recorded victim of the September 11, 2001, after courageously rushing to the World Trade Center to support, console, and administer last rites to the victims of the attacks.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Judge was born on May 11, 1933, to Irish Catholic immigrants from County Leitrim.
After his father died of a long illness when Judge was 6 years old, Judge took odd jobs and shined shoes at Penn Station to help support his mother and 2 sisters.
Responding to his strong spiritual calling, Judge entered the Franciscans in 1954.
He trained at 4 seminaries in New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia and was ordained a Priest of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1961.
From 1961 to 1986, Father Judge served at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Boston, Massachusetts, St. Joseph’s in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Sacred Heart in Rochelle Park, New Jersey, Siena College in Loudonville, New York, and as pastor at St. Joseph’s in West Milford, New Jersey.
In 1986, Father Judge was assigned to the Monastery of St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street, New York, where he served until his death in 2001.
Known for his tremendous capacity for compassion, Judge was beloved by the firefighters and by the city he served.
Judge would daily send notes or make telephone calls to recognize birthdays, anniversaries, and other significant dates in the lives of the people he knew.
In 1994, Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M., was named as one of the chaplains for the New York Fire Department serving the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
Father Judge was also well known for ministering to those often alienated by the Church, including the homeless, immigrants, recovering alcoholics, gays and lesbians, and people with AIDS.
In the early 1980s, Judge was also one of the first clergymen to minister to gay men with AIDS, their partners, and their families.
Father Mychal Judge’s funeral was held on September 15, 2001.
Egan presided over a Mass of 3,000 people, including city officials, President
Bill Clinton, and Secretary Hillary Clinton, who called Judge a
of light and noted his death as a special loss.
Congressional gold medal
The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate arrangements for the presentation, on behalf of the Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design to the next of kin or personal representative of Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M., in recognition of his example to the Nation of selfless dedication to duty and compassion for one’s fellow citizens.
Design and Striking
For the purpose of the presentation referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury shall strike a gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions to be determined by the Secretary.
Under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may prescribe, the Secretary may strike duplicate medals in bronze of the gold medal struck pursuant to section 2 and sell such duplicate medals at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the duplicate medals (including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses) and the cost of the gold medal.
The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
Authorization of Charges
There is authorized to be charged against the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund an amount not to exceed $30,000 to pay for the cost of the medals authorized by this Act.
Proceeds of Sale
Amounts received from the sale of duplicate bronze medals under section 3 shall be deposited in the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund.