September 13, 2001

The Rev. Mychal Judge, 68, chaplain of the New York City Fire Department, was a well-known Franciscan friar whose busy schedule sometimes included a White House ceremony one day and ministering to impoverished AIDS patients the next.

The child of Irish immigrants who ran a rooming house, Judge became a shoeshine boy on the streets of Manhattan after his father died when he was 6.

One of his stops was St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on West 31st Street. "I don't know why, but I always liked going to church,