FW: E-mail from passenger of Flt 1549

Passengers are rescued in the miracle on the Hudson. (CNS/Reuters)

Passengers are rescued in the miracle on the Hudson. (CNS/Reuters)

Who isn’t skeptical of an e-mail with a subject line that begins with the letters FW?

But when the forwarded e-mail comes from your wife, it’s wise to bump up the priority of the FW material.

Yesterday, I received an email from her with this subject line:

FW: E-mail from passenger of Flt 1549

The FW highlighted an e-mailed letter by Fred Berretta, who was aboard the U.S. Airways flight that landed in the Hudson River in New York Jan. 15. The letter was written to Vinny Flynn, a Catholic musician who operates a ministry called MercySong.

In the e-mail, Berretta tells Flynn how he had prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet the day before the plane impacted the water. When the flight was going down, Berretta said that he remembered the words of Jesus that nothing would be refused if asked for during the hour of mercy.

The plane ditched in the Hudson at about 3:30 p.m. during the hour of mercy. All survived, and the crash came to be known as the miracle on the Hudson.

Read more of Berretta’s story of Divine Mercy on Flynn’s Web site:


Update Feb. 17- The Florida Catholic reports that Berretta will share his experience at a Divine Mercy conference in Orlando Feb. 21. More here:


Crash victim recalled as star athlete who loved life, hockey

The community of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota is mourning the loss of one of its own in the Feb. 12 plane crash near Buffalo, N.Y.

Madeline “Maddy” Linn Loftus of Parsippany, N.J., 24, who was a 2006 graduate of the university, perished along the other 48 passengers and crew onboard and one person on the ground. A marketing major, she was a star on the school’s women’s hockey team from 2004-06.

“Maddy was the first senior to graduate from my program. She will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Terry Mannor, St. Mary’s women’s hockey coach. She remembered Loftus as someone who was “full of life and compassion.”

While at the university, Loftus also was involved in launching an athletic council, which represents student athletes and is active in community service projects.