Lewiston, ME – This morning, U.S. Senator Susan Collins attended the 2021 Blue Mass at the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul in Lewiston. Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated the Mass and was joined by priests and deacons from throughout the Diocese. Local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency services personnel were recognized for their faithful commitment and self-sacrifice. People of all faiths were encouraged to attend and join in showing gratitude to these dedicated heroes.
“The Blue Mass is a special celebration that honors the contributions of our dedicated public health and safety personnel. These courageous men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” said Senator Collins. “May God bless our law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, and others who protect our communities.”
The Blue Mass, referring to the blue uniforms worn by so many public safety personnel, dates back to 1934 and is a venerable tradition in many dioceses. The Mass was planned and organized by diocesan officials and representatives from local, county, and state public safety agencies. Color guards, including a multi-jurisdictional honor guard, were in attendance, as well as the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps, which performed before and after the Mass.
Last year, Senator Collins attended the Blue Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.