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18
Oct

A week of farewells

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Hello and welcome,

The tragic case of Brittany Maynard, the young woman with terminal brain cancer who has said she plans to end her life on November 1, has touched everyone’s hearts.

We want to hold her up in our prayers and encourage people to pray for her and to send messages of support so that she realizes that she is not alone in her suffering and hopefully will come to see that ending her life is not the solution.

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One way of showing such support is through the Facebook page weluvbrittany started by a priest in our archdiocese, Father Tony Medeiros. The page allows people to send Brittany messages of love and hope. I invite you to visit the page and show your support for Brittany.

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On Friday I went with Bishop Octavio Cisneros and Mario Paredes to Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark for the Funeral Mass of Father Benedict Groeschel, whom I have known for 40 years.FrGroeschel

Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the United States, and so it was just an extraordinary venue for the Mass. It was a very beautiful sendoff, with many bishops, priests, religious and faithful present. 10

Father Andrew Apostoli, one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal delivered an excellent homily.

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From Sacred Heart Cathedral we drove to Westchester Medical Center to visit Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete. It was a very moving visit with him and we were able to pray together. Photo by Nicholas Erickson

With Lorenzo in January

I would ask all of you to keep them in your prayers because his health is very poor.

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Saturday, we had a Mass at St. Thecla Parish in Pembroke, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the parish.Pembroke_StThecla_02

It was a lovely celebration and there was great enthusiasm on the part of the people.

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Because it was Columbus Day Weekend, a special time to celebrate Italian heritage, it was fitting that I was in the North End celebrating Mass for the St. Joseph Society of Boston at St. Stephen Church.MattConti.comCardinal O'Malley - St Joseph's Feast-115-LCardinal O'Malley - St Joseph's Feast-131-LCardinal O'Malley - St Joseph's Feast-138-LCardinal O'Malley - St Joseph's Feast-157-L

Father Patrick Universal welcomed us and Antonio Nardoianni, the pastor of the Churches of the North End was with us as well.Cardinal O'Malley - St Joseph's Feast-166-LCardinal O'Malley - St Joseph's Feast-171-LCardinal-OMalley-St-Josephs-Feast-211

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Following the Mass in the North end, I left for Pittsburgh to attend another funeral, that of Father Bill Wiethorn. He was a man who was a few years ahead of me in the seminary and who had, among his many roles, served as our Provincial and Definitor General. He was just a wonderful priest.Wiethorn1

His present assignment was as Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Cleveland and so we were joined by Bishop Richard Lennon for the funeral.

It was a very sad but very faith filled event, celebrating the life of a man who lived his life in the service of the Church.

At the funeral I was happy to see two Poor Clare sisters who had come from Cleveland. One was from Mother Angelica’s order, Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, and the other sister was Sister St. John from the Colettine Poor Clares in Cleveland, who in fact was at my ordination.8

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On Tuesday I celebrated a Mass at Pope John XXIII High School in Everett to mark the canonization of their patron saint.Cardinal 011Cardinal 028Cardinal 031Cardinal 044Cardinal 047Cardinal 062Cardinal 067Cardinal 073Cardinal 092Cardinal 100Cardinal 103Cardinal 105

It was wonderful to have an opportunity to greet so many of the students and see the vibrancy that pervades the school.

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That evening we had one of our regular meetings of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.6

Among the subjects we discussed was the topic of vocations. We spoke about the formation of pastoral plans for the collaboratives and the need for those plans to have a clear strategy for the promotion of vocations including such things as prayer, witness and activities. Our vocations director, Father Daniel Hennessey gave us a presentation idea for promoting vocations and Sister Pat Boyle took us through how those documents are going to be prepared. We also heard from our Delegate for Religious, Sister Marian Batho, about the plans for the Year of Consecrated Life.

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On Wednesday, we had one of our periodic meetings of the bishops from the Boston Province. It was the first time we had Bishop Edgar da Cunha of Fall River and Bishop Mitchell Rozanski of Springfield as part of our group.4

As we always do, we discussed the different challenges and issues that we share with the other six dioceses of the region.

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That evening, we had an interesting dinner meeting with the leadership of the Mormon Church, including Elder D. Todd Christofferson, who is of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from Salt Lake City. aephoto7

They came to speak to me about the recently launched media campaign “Faith Counts”. 2

The campaign has been prepared in conjunction with many different faith groups, including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and aims to remind people, particularly young people, of the important and positive role religious faith plays in our society.faith-counts

The campaign will utilize the web (FaithCounts.net) and social media, including Facebook (Facebook.com/MyFaithCounts) and Twitter (@MyFaithCounts).

I invite you to give them a look and spread the word!

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Yesterday, of course, we gathered to bid farewell to Bishop John Boles, a very beloved figure in the archdiocese who, after a long illness, has gone home to God.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge where he had been pastor and headed the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Center. There the local street was named after him by the people of Cambridge in recognition for his wonderful pastoral care of the area.Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)

Bishop Emeritus of Manchester, New Hampshire John McCormack was the homilist at the Mass and he did a wonderful job relating the spirit of Bishop Boles’ life.Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)

Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Also at the Mass we heard from the bishop’s cousin, Jim Brett, who offered a brief reflection. He spoke about Bishop Boles’ great love of birdwatching – which is certainly a very Franciscan pastime!Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)

Before the Final Commendation, I read a message from the Holy See expressing the Holy Father’s condolences.Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Funeral Mass of Boston Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus John P. Boles, Oct. 16, 2014 at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Mass. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)

Bishop Boles was a gentle and wise pastor of souls and he will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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11
Oct

‘Evangelizing cities today’

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Hello and welcome!

I begin this week with the sad news of the passing of our retired Auxiliary Bishop John Boles. He had been ill for quite a while and died Wednesday in the early morning hours at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, where Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm had given him such fine care.Boles

I want to share with you the statement that I issued that day after being informed of his passing:

“It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of the Most Reverend John P. Boles, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Boston. Bishop Boles, who was a resident of Regina Cleri during retirement, passed away last night at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, where he has been receiving care during recent months.

Over the course of nearly sixty years of priesthood and twenty two years of service as a bishop, Bishop Boles was a beacon of warmth to all who met him as he showed pastoral care and concern for the Catholic faithful and the wider community. He brought a sense of joy, kindness and fidelity to the Church that inspired us and provided an example for others to follow.

Please join me in praying for Bishop Boles as we give thanks to God for the blessing of his life and ministry. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Bishop Boles’ family and friends, his fellow bishops and priests, and all who mourn his passing. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.”

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As I mentioned in my post of last week, Saturday and Sunday I attended meetings of the Child Protection Commission.

We have been given our new office space and made progress on a number of projects of the commission, including the final preparation of the list of potential new members of the commission from other parts of the world.

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Because Saturday was also St. Francis’s Day, I went to celebrate Mass with the Capuchin Friars in Rome, and bless their new Chapel and dedicate the altar.

These are some pictures of the Chapel. It is very simple with light colors.10042014_114515_rome210042014_114525_newchapelcapuchins

10042014_114445_general2v2With the Minister General, Father Mauro

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Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. we had Mass in the Clementine Chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica with the members of the commission for the protection of children. We were also joined by our seminarians from Boston studying in Rome. Our seminarian, Kevin Staley-Joyce gave us an a very good explanation of the chapel and its relationship to the tomb of St. Peter.10072014_142428_10659315_750932074944192_6383519000838446148_n10052014_075930_peter310052014_075936_peter

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Cardinal Scola of Milan had asked me to give conferences to the clergy and people of his archdiocese on the topic of “Evangelizing cities today”. So, on Tuesday morning, I addressed about 1,200 priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Milan in their cathedral, known as the Duomo.10062014_150925_photo (46)10072014_113822_photo (49)

The conference went for about an hour and was followed by a question and answer session. If you speak Italian, you can watch it here:

Talk to clergy of Milan

Afterwards, I said Mass at the tomb of St. Charles Borromeo, who was Archbishop of Milan and his tomb is in the Duomo.

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The address to the laypeople wasn’t scheduled until the nighttime, so in afternoon we went to visit the Capuchin church in Milan. 10062014_164032_photo (44)10062014_164252_photo (30)10062014_164433_photo (42)10062014_164612_photo (40)10062014_164425_photo (41)10062014_171416_photo (37)

At the church they have a very large center that serves the poor and the homeless where they provide about 3,000 meals a day.10062014_172517_photo (32)10062014_172615_photo (36)10062014_173102_photo (34)10062014_181747_photo (33)10062014_172421_photo (38)

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We also went to see the Cenacolo, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of the Last Supper, which is in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie, an old Dominican Friary in Milan.10072014_163950_rome410072014_160937_lastsupper

Many do not know how close that famous painting has come to being destroyed over the years: In the 1600’s a door was put in the wall, cutting off Christ’s feet; Napoleon used the refectory as a stable and during World War II a bomb leveled almost the entire refectory, except the wall with the fresco!

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Returning that night to the Duomo, I gave a talk based on the same theme of “Evangelization in the City” to about 3,000 lay people. 10062014_185005_photo (27)10062014_185739_photo (25)

10072014_212555_Duomo3We began around 9:00 and ended at around 11:00 p.m., but despite the late hour we were amazed at the crowds.10072014_210905_photo (48)10072014_221634_photo (50)

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From Milano, we returned to Rome and at the North American college the seminarians prepared a very nice dinner for us on the roof.10052014_210604_seminarians

With the seminarians, Father O’Brien and Father Steve Madden.10052014_214700_NAC

Also, while at the North American college I attended the Rome launch of Crux, at which Cardinal Dolan and Cardinal Pell spoke.

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Finally, like many of you, I have been following the developments from Extraordinary Synod on the Family  taking place in Rome. It is important that we continue to pray for all those taking part in the synod and in particular with the prayer to the Holy Family that the Holy Father has composed for the synod:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in you we contemplate

the splendor of true love,

to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer,

authentic schools of the Gospel

and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may families never again

experience violence, rejection and division:

may all who have been hurt or scandalized

find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may the approaching Synod of Bishops

make us once more mindful

of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,

and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

graciously hear our prayer!

Amen.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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04
Oct

Dedicating new affordable housing for Salem

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Hello and welcome!

Last Friday, I invited the Friars of the Franciscans of the Primitive Observance to join me for Vespers, a holy hour and dinner.

The Friars have been helping out, particularly at St. Patrick’s Parish in Roxbury with the Cape Verdean and Hispanic communities. We had a very nice conversation, and it was a chance for me to hear more about some of the work that they are doing.

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Friday, I went to St. Agatha’s in Milton for a Mass with our Catholic school teachers from the South Region who were holding their professional development day. 217

With our new Catholic Schools Superintendent Kathy Mears and Maureen Simmons, the principal of St. Agatha’s

I also want to share with you this picture of the stained-glass window in the sacristy of St. Agatha’s. 16

It is a lovely picture of the Holy Family, but it caught my eye because it has the letters JMJ. When I was in Catholic school we had to put JMJ on every piece of paper – Jesus, Mary and Joseph. It brought back wonderful memories of my own Catholic school education and served as a reminder of the important work that these Catholic school teachers are doing.

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On Saturday, I joined Lisa Alberghini of the Archdiocesan Planning Office for Urban Affairs at the dedication and ribbon cutting of their newest affordable housing development, called 135 Lafayette and located on the former St. Joseph campus in Salem. Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />
Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />
Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />
The development provides 51 permanently affordable homes for residents of Salem and the surrounding area, and commercial space that will help revitalize the neighborhood. Incredibly, over 1,000 people applied to live in these 51 apartments, demonstrating the great need for much more affordable housing in the area! This shows just how important it is for the Church to develop high quality homes that people of modest means can afford.

The new housing honors the legacy of the St. Joseph Parish by continuing the mission of the church – in a new form – and it serves as a beacon of hope for generations to come. Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />
Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />
The apartments are home to many wonderful families with children, who love to ride their bikes at the property and play in the lovely courtyard.Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />
Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />

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Following the 135 Lafayette celebration, I had the opportunity to meet and talk briefly with John Ribeiro, the statewide chairman of Repeal the Casino Deal, the effort to repeal the Massachusetts casino law. Dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 135 Lafayette Street development in Salem, Mass. Sept. 27, 2014.<br />
Photo by Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Earlier this month, I issued a statement, along with the other three Massachusetts bishops, urging people to vote “Yes” on question 3 on November 4 to repeal the law. We believe that casinos encourage predatory gambling, which hurts families, individuals, businesses and entire communities.

It was very encouraging to hear John talk about the work that he and many others are doing to get the law repealed, and it will be important for people to vote “Yes” on question 3 on November 4th.

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Saturday afternoon, I celebrated Mass for the Brazilian Community’s Fourth Congress of the Family that was held at St. John’s School in Peabody.10712694_798005020262664_8353043139050281265_n

I was so pleased to see such a large crowd, there were almost 400 people from all over the archdiocese, including many priests and lay ministers. 1310671236_797990116930821_102775496017411719_n

Dsc_0200 Dsc_0144 Dsc_0151 Dsc_0161 Dsc_0165 Dsc_0292 Dsc_0218 Dsc_0193 Dsc_0172 Dsc_0197 The congress went all weekend, and featured conferences by a couple from Brazil, Roberto and Neusa Tannus.10671259_798006673595832_1767018864310522824_n

We are so grateful to the Brazilian Apostolate family ministry coordinator Jose Antonio Da Silva; Father Eduardo Marques, who is their spiritual director; and Father Michael Harrington of our Office of Cultural Diversity for all they did to make this weekend successful.

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In the evening, I stopped by the headquarters of the CatholicTV Network in Watertown to take part in their annual telethon.smile

I was very pleased to hear that was the most successful telethon to date. I was happy to be able to thank all the volunteers who gave of their time to answer the phones, and thank Father Bob Reed, Jay Fadden and the wonderful staff of the CatholicTV Network for the excellent work they do.1110

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On Sunday, I visited St. Lucy Parish, part of the Methuen Catholic collaborative, to dedicate their new parish offices.19 I celebrated the parish Mass, after which we blessed the offices and then joined the people for a very nice reception in the church hall.IMG_0541

I was happy to be joined by the three priests who are working in the collaborative, Monsignor William Fay, Father John Cassani and Father Bill Lohan. We are also joined by a number of the Presentation Sisters, who have their headquarters in Methuen, including Sister Holly whose profession Mass I celebrated not too long ago.

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Since Monday, I have been in Rome for meetings. 5

On Wednesday, we began meetings of the Congregation for the Clergy.3

There are cardinals from many different countries on the congregation (the only two Americans are Cardinal Wuerl and myself) as well as a number of bishops, including Bishop Fernando Antonio Figueiredo of Santo Amaro, Brazil, who is the bishop of Father Marcelo Rossi, the famous singing priest.

This is a plenary meeting, which is called only about once every year or two. There is a new prefect, Cardinal Stella, and he has called this plenary.

It so happens that the responsibility for seminaries has just been given to the Congregation for the Clergy, previously it was entirely the responsibility of the Congregation for Catholic Education. So, during our meetings, we are discussing the new “ratio” for the seminaries, as well as the permanent diaconate and several other issues.

This weekend, will begin our meetings with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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Also on Wednesday, the Feast of the Little Flower, I celebrated Mass at my titular church, Santa Maria della Vittoria. When the Little Flower was 14 years old, she visited that church so there is always a very large celebration on her feast day.1

I was very happy to be there with our seminarians studying in Rome, along with Father Jonathan Gaspar and Father Kevin O’Leary. Also, Maria Bianca, who works in our tribunal, was in town with her husband Willie, and so they attended the Mass, as well. g2

The Carmelite Friars of the church hosted a very lovely dinner for all of us.g12

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Tomorrow, I am looking forward to being with my brother Capuchins for the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis.

I wish you all a happy St. Francis Day!

– Cardinal Seán

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27
Sep

Celebration of the Priesthood

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Welcome back.

This week was full of significant events that outlined how the Church heeds our Lord’s call to serve one another.

On Saturday I had the joy of ordaining 13 the fine men as permanent deacons for the archdiocese of Boston, including several from our ethnic communities.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordains 13 men as permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 20, 2014. The newly ordained are: Deacons Francis X. Burke, Michael F. Curren, William A. Dwyer, George C. Escotto, Edward S. Giordano, Charles A. Hall, Franklin A. Mejia, Eric T. Peabody, Jesús M. Pena, Álvaro José L. Soares, Michael P. Tompkins, Jude Tam V. Tran, and Carlos S. Valentin.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordains 13 men as permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 20, 2014. The newly ordained are: Deacons Francis X. Burke, Michael F. Curren, William A. Dwyer, George C. Escotto, Edward S. Giordano, Charles A. Hall, Franklin A. Mejia, Eric T. Peabody, Jesús M. Pena, Álvaro José L. Soares, Michael P. Tompkins, Jude Tam V. Tran, and Carlos S. Valentin.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

We had several Hispanics, a Brazilian and a Vietnamese candidate who are very reflective of the population that the archdiocese serves.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordains 13 men as permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 20, 2014. The newly ordained are: Deacons Francis X. Burke, Michael F. Curren, William A. Dwyer, George C. Escotto, Edward S. Giordano, Charles A. Hall, Franklin A. Mejia, Eric T. Peabody, Jesús M. Pena, Álvaro José L. Soares, Michael P. Tompkins, Jude Tam V. Tran, and Carlos S. Valentin.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

We are very grateful for all these men and in a very special way for their help to serve underserved populations in the archdiocese.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordains 13 men as permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 20, 2014. The newly ordained are: Deacons Francis X. Burke, Michael F. Curren, William A. Dwyer, George C. Escotto, Edward S. Giordano, Charles A. Hall, Franklin A. Mejia, Eric T. Peabody, Jesús M. Pena, Álvaro José L. Soares, Michael P. Tompkins, Jude Tam V. Tran, and Carlos S. Valentin.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordains 13 men as permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 20, 2014. The newly ordained are: Deacons Francis X. Burke, Michael F. Curren, William A. Dwyer, George C. Escotto, Edward S. Giordano, Charles A. Hall, Franklin A. Mejia, Eric T. Peabody, Jesús M. Pena, Álvaro José L. Soares, Michael P. Tompkins, Jude Tam V. Tran, and Carlos S. Valentin.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

We are very grateful that the permanent diaconate program, under the very able supervision of the diaconate office, is flourishing. We look forward to annual ordinations of deacons.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordains 13 men as permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 20, 2014. The newly ordained are: Deacons Francis X. Burke, Michael F. Curren, William A. Dwyer, George C. Escotto, Edward S. Giordano, Charles A. Hall, Franklin A. Mejia, Eric T. Peabody, Jesús M. Pena, Álvaro José L. Soares, Michael P. Tompkins, Jude Tam V. Tran, and Carlos S. Valentin.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordains 13 men as permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 20, 2014. The newly ordained are: Deacons Francis X. Burke, Michael F. Curren, William A. Dwyer, George C. Escotto, Edward S. Giordano, Charles A. Hall, Franklin A. Mejia, Eric T. Peabody, Jesús M. Pena, Álvaro José L. Soares, Michael P. Tompkins, Jude Tam V. Tran, and Carlos S. Valentin.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordains 13 men as permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 20, 2014. The newly ordained are: Deacons Francis X. Burke, Michael F. Curren, William A. Dwyer, George C. Escotto, Edward S. Giordano, Charles A. Hall, Franklin A. Mejia, Eric T. Peabody, Jesús M. Pena, Álvaro José L. Soares, Michael P. Tompkins, Jude Tam V. Tran, and Carlos S. Valentin.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

After the Mass we took this group photo with the wives of the new deacons

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Saturday afternoon I was invited to visit the Quincy Catholic collaborative.

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The collaborative was having a parish carnival and several of the booths represented different ministries in the parish, such as the adoration society, the Chinese apostolate and others.

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Of course there were also many rides and games and I met a clown there.

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Things seem to be going very well in the collaborative. I am pleased that they have begun outreach to the Chinese community of Quincy, which is an important demographic there.

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Sunday, we held our Mass for public safety personnel and their families at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />
Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

We were very grateful that there were such a positive response to the Mass, which we reinstated after a hiatus of more than a dozen years.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

There are so many of our Catholic people who are involved in these different forms of public service, so to bring them together is an opportunity to pray for them and also for the courageous and generous people who have lost their lives serving the community. In attendance were some relatives of those who had died in the line of duty.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

The Mass was quite a grand affair.

Of course I am very partial to the bag pipes and the drums!

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

There was a huge flag suspended from to Boston fire Department ladder trucks in front of the Cathedral.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates the Mass for Public Safety Personnel, sometimes called the Blue Mass, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 21, 2014.<br />
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

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Then, in the afternoon I celebrated the Mass for women religious jubilarians in the archdiocese at St. Theresa church in West Roxbury. Each year Monsignor Helmick and the people of St. Theresa’s are always very gracious in hosting the Mass.

Celebration of women religious jubilarians, St. Theresa Church, West Roxbury Sept. 20, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Celebration of women religious jubilarians, St. Theresa Church, West Roxbury Sept. 20, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

A number of our auxiliary bishops and priests were in attendance along with the families and friends of the sisters. Sister Marian Batho, of course, is very much involved in organizing this Mass.

Celebration of women religious jubilarians, St. Theresa Church, West Roxbury Sept. 20, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Celebration of women religious jubilarians, St. Theresa Church, West Roxbury Sept. 20, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Each year one of the jubilarians offers brief remarks. This year Sister Dorothea Masuret gave us a beautiful reflection about her experience of religious life.

The Pilot ran a special section highlighting this event. You can read it here.

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Monday I went to St. Elizabeth’s hospital to mark the Centennial of the hospital’s current location. The institution itself is actually older. It was originally founded in the time of Archbishop Williams but in 1914 Cardinal O’Connell relocated the hospital to the Brighton site.

We are very pleased that St. Elizabeth’s still retains its Catholic identity. It  remains committed to abiding by the US bishops directives and provides ongoing formation to the hospital staff while continues with the same commitment to serving the poor and needy of the community.

We were joined at the Mass by our chief ethicist Peter Cataldo, Ralph de la Torre, CEO of Steward Health Care and the current president, Kevin Hannifan.

A number of priests and sisters joined us for the Mass including Father Salamone who is the chaplain there. The Mass was celebrated in the Chapel which was renovated about a year ago. I was very pleased to learn that, even if they could not join us, the patients throughout the hospital could watch it on closed-circuit television.

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On Tuesday I attended a meeting of the board of the Catholic University of America. We had a meeting for the renewal of the president’s contract. We are very pleased the board of directors has offered President Garvey another five-year contract. I think that he has been a very positive influence in the life of the University.

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Wednesday morning I was very pleased to attend the installation of the new Bishop of Fall River Edgar Moreira da Cunha. As I mentioned to the people attending the installation, 21 years ago I was installed in that same Cathedral.

 

Archbishop Cronin, who was my predecessor there was also present, along with Bishop George Coleman.

Bishop da Cunha gave a very lovely homily that was both in English and in Portuguese.

 

 

Of course, Fall River is probably one of the dioceses with the largest percentage of Portuguese speakers. So, it is a blessing to have someone from a Portuguese speaking country as Bishop there.

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Following the installation Mass we rushed back to Boston for our sixth annual celebration of the priesthood dinner at the Seaport World Trade Center. We are so pleased with the turnout. It was the largest we have ever had.

The Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Celebration of the Priesthood, Sept. 24, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

 

The Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Celebration of the Priesthood, Sept. 24, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

The Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Celebration of the Priesthood, Sept. 24, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Over 1600 people were in attendance and over $1.6 million was raised to support our priests.

The Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Celebration of the Priesthood, Sept. 24, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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We are very grateful to John Kaneb who chaired the dinner and worked so closely with Joe D’Arrigo and our staff of the archdiocese to make the evening a great success.

The Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Celebration of the Priesthood, Sept. 24, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Father Bob Reed was the evening’s emcee and we saw a lovely video featuring some of the priests of the archdiocese.

 

2014 Celebration of the Priesthood from Clergy Health & Retirement Trust on Vimeo.

John Allen from the Boston Globe was the keynote speaker and spoke about Pope Francis.

The Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Celebration of the Priesthood, Sept. 24, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

The final blessing was given by Msgr. Paul McManus, who was ordained in 1942 and is 98 years young!

The Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Celebration of the Priesthood, Sept. 24, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

The Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Celebration of the Priesthood, Sept. 24, 2014. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

Until my next post

In Christ

Cardinal Seán

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Continuing our work with the Holy Father

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Hello and welcome!

I have spent much of this week in Rome for meetings with the Holy Father and the group of cardinals advising him. He was with us for all the meetings except for Wednesday morning, when he always gives his weekly audience.ANSA527785_LancioGrande

In our previous meetings, we have spent much of our time addressing issues surrounding the economic offices of the Holy See, as well as reviewing the various congregations and pontifical councils.

With this meeting we continued to look at the different dicasteries, and the way they fulfill their mission in the context of the challenges we face in the areas of family life and social justice. We also began working on the new Constitution that will reform the Roman Curia. We are hoping to offer the Holy Father a text early next year to allow him time get wider further input as he prepares the final document.

I took these pictures in the apostolic Palace while I was waiting with Monsignor Oliver for a meeting with the secretary of state, Cardinal Parolin, to discuss different aspects of the Commission for the Protection of Children. 6

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Before I left we had a farewell gathering for Mary Moran, who did a wonderful job as our interim superintendent of Catholic schools. WP_20140912_002-v24Her tenure is ending now that our new superintendent, Kathy Mears is beginning her duties so we wanted to thank Mary for all the wonderful work she has done.10

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After I arrived in Rome, I was invited for lunch with the prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Javier Echevarría. The lunch gave us an opportunity to speak about the hopeful future saint Father Joseph Muzquiz, whose cause has been introduced. He is buried in Boston and our tribunal has been working on the cause. Muzquiz_IMG_8490

Father Muzquiz was one of the very first members of Opus Dei to come to Boston, along with a good friend of mine, Father Sal Ferigle. Still today, the members of Opus Dei make a very positive contribution to the Church in the Archdiocese of Boston through their work with the university students, their very active retreat house, and the participation of many of their members in the different ministries and apostolates of the archdiocese.

These pictures show the beautiful Chapel in the Opus Dei headquarters and the tomb their founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá, under the altar.1185

There is also the tomb of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, who was the second superior of Opus Dei and who will be beatified September 27 in Madrid. I had met Bishop del Portillo a couple of times and, I have to say, it makes you feel a little bit old when people you have known start becoming blesseds and saints!97

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While in Rome I also had a chance to see my old friends Sean and Gina Kennedy and their son, Declan. photo8

Sean was a lay missionary in the Pacific and Alaska before he came to work with us when I was bishop in the West Indies. He was with us for two years and helped us to open a shelter for the homeless which we called Bethlehem House, because in Bethlehem the Holy Family was homeless.

After finishing his time in the West Indies he got engaged and he returned to West Indies for his wedding, which we had at the Cathedral in St. Thomas. Many years later, he got a job in Rome working for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, better known as FAO.

Declan was born here in Rome and, in fact, his baptism was the first I ever celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica and one of the first events I talked about in my blog.

Declan made this wonderful portrait of me. I think it is a remarkable resemblance!DeclandKennedy9

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While in Rome I had a dinner with two of our three seminarians studying in Rome, Kevin Leaver and Michael Zimmerman. Our other seminarian, Kevin Staley-Joyce, was on retreat and so he was not able to join us. 2

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Finally, we will be ordaining 13 men as permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.: Francis Burke, Michael Curren, William C. Dwyer, George Escotto, Edward Giordano, Chuck Hall, Franklin Mejia, Eric Peabody, Jesus Peña, Alvaro Jose Leiva Soares, Michael Tomkins, Tam Van Tram and Carlos Simon Valentin. BostonDeacons

I invite you all to join us or, if you are unable to attend in person, to watch the Mass on CatholicTV or at CatholicTVLIVE.com. And please join me in praying for them as they begin their ministry as deacons.

Also, on Sunday, I will be celebrating our Mass for Public Safety Personnel at 11:30 on Sunday morning for all active and retired public safety personnel and their families.  We will be specially remembering those first responders who gave their lives in the line of duty. We invite you to join us for that as well.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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