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Senator Collins Attends Blue Mass in Bangor

Blue Mass

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Bangor, ME – This morning, U.S. Senator Susan Collins attended the 2023 Blue Mass at Saint John’s Catholic Church in Bangor. Bishop Robert P. Deeley celebrated the Mass and was joined by priests and deacons from throughout the Diocese.  The gathering paid tribute to the unwavering dedication and acts of selflessness exhibited by local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency responders.

"When crises or disasters strike, it is our law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMTs who are the first to arrive, fearlessly rushing into danger to save lives," said Senator Collins. "The Blue Mass serves as a special occasion dedicated to honoring these heroes who courageously put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety."

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. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, served as the impetus for the Diocese of Portland to institute the Blue Mass in Maine.

Last year, Senator Collins attended the Blue Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.