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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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20
Sep

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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13
Sep

Addressing the John Carroll Society

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Hello and welcome,

We are very pleased that Msgr. Robert Oliver was appointed this week as Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. This is a very important step forward in the organization of the office and the work of the commission.VATICAN-ABUSE

Monsignor has been working as Promoter of Justice of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and is very well-versed in the issues surrounding child protection. He has been supporting the commission very actively on a volunteer basis, so we are very glad that he has officially been given this responsibility by the Holy Father. The next meeting of the commission will be in October and we know that he will make a great contribution to our work.

At this moment there are a number of projects that are in the offing, but one of the most urgent tasks is trying to identify membership from parts of the world beyond Europe. We are especially seeking participation from Asia, Latin America, and Africa. That process is ongoing and we hope to have the full complement of members in the near future.

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I am on the board of the Catholic Leadership Institute and so, Friday, CLI President Matt Manion, and vice president Dan Cellucci visited me to give me an update on some of the organization’s recent activities.2

CLI has been a very valuable help to our archdiocese, with the Good Leaders, Good Shepherds program, training our parish staffs and leadership as well as promoting best practices in evangelization and parish leadership.

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That evening at the Cathedral, I hosted one of my regular dinners for seminarians. This time, I met with the seminarians in their fourth year of theology — these are the men who will be ordained transitional deacons in a few months.

As always, we began with Vespers and afterwards we had a very nice discussion. It gave the seminarians a chance to share a bit about their summer experiences.

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On Saturday I left for Washington D.C. to attend the regular September meetings of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and the Administrative Board.3

At the meeting of the Pro-Life Committee we heard a report on the ongoing collaboration between the Archdiocese of Washington and the national office of the post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel. About 50 dioceses have been trained, and our own Marianne Luthin is very much involved in that.

During the meeting we learned that the national website of Project Rachel, HopeAfterAbortion.com, is receiving about 40,000 visits a month, which shows that the outreach is working but also how much need there is for healing after abortion.

During the meeting of the Administrative Board, we were visited by Cardinal Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches. He was in Washington with a group of Eastern Patriarchs for the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Summit for Middle East Christians, which brought together the patriarchs and U.S. lawmakers to speak to our government about the situation of Christians in the Middle East.

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While I was in Washington I stayed at the Capuchin house. 5

They have made some very nice renovations to the chapel at Capuchin College

Just down the street is the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine. So, I made a stop there to pray for Catholics in the Ukraine.1

Also just down from the Ukrainian shrine is the Pope St. John Paul II National Shrine, which is now run by the Knights of Columbus. So I stopped in there as well.46

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The John Carroll Society of the Archdiocese of Washington hosts an annual Fall Lecture, which was held at the Newseum on Tuesday.1409_OMalley_0067

This year I was asked to give the keynote talk on “Pope Francis and The New Evangelization”. There were over 500 people in attendance, which I think indicates the great interest people have in the topic of the Holy Father and his message.

You can listen to a recording of my talk here:

The director of the Society is Msgr. Peter Vaghi, whom I have known since he was a young lawyer who had not yet entered the seminary. He has been working with the John Carroll Society for almost 30 years.1409_OMalley_0125

The Society has as its roots in the Red Mass planning committee, but over the years it has grown into a wonderful instrument of ongoing formation for professionals in Washington, as well as a means of channeling pro-bono services to the poor and the needy. They have done an extraordinary job, so I was very happy to lend my support to their event.1409_OMalley_0206

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We are very happy this week to note that our archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot, has just recently marked its 185th anniversary. pilot-1st_issue

We are very proud of our newspaper, which was founded by Bishop Fenwick in 1829 and is among the oldest newspapers in New England and is certainly the oldest Catholic newspaper in the United States. Of course, one of its most notable early editors was the famous Irish author and poet John Boyle O’Reilly who was a “POME” (Prisoner of Mother England) who escaped the penal colony in Australia and made his way to Boston and went on to led The Pilot to glory!

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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06
Sep

Opening the academic year at our seminaries

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Hello and welcome!

Last Thursday I was visited by Jeff Robbins and Robert Trestan, who are president of the board and the executive director of the New England Anti-Defamation League. Also with us was Father David Michael of our Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.photo (8)

We meet periodically, and at this meeting we spoke about a number of current events including a recent rise in anti-Semitic acts, particularly in Europe but also in our local area. People seem to be targeting the Jewish community to express their disapproval of what they see happening in the Middle East.

Going forward, we are working to bring together a group of local religious leaders to assess the wellbeing and mutual concerns of the different faith communities they represent.

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As I mentioned last week, around the beginning of September I always try to celebrate the opening Mass at each of our seminaries.21040829 D80 Cardinal Mass 150

So, on Friday, I celebrated the opening Mass for Pope St. John XXIII Seminary.21040829 D80 Cardinal Mass 255

Friday was the Feast of the Passion of St. John the Baptist. I joked with them that, when I was ordained, it was “The Beheading of John the Baptist” but political correctness seems to have crept into the liturgy. I said the next thing it is likely to be called is “King Herod’s Birthday Party!”21040829 D5000 Cardinal Mass 255_2

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That evening, I traveled to St. John the Baptist Parish in Peabody for a Mass and blessing of their new renovations.

They very much wanted to have the celebration on the actual Feast Day of St. John the Baptist, though I was a little skeptical about the number of people who would be willing to come out on the Friday of Labor Day weekend. But my doubts proved to be unfounded. It was a beautiful celebration and they had a wonderful turnout.IMG_0015IMG_0026IMG_0032IMG_0038IMG_0041

We blessed the new handicapped access ramp and elevator to the Church as well as the lower chapel that has been refurbished.IMG_0002IMG_0005

IMG_0052We were honored to be joined by Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt, who is a graduate of the parish school, and long-time State Senator Fred Berry, who is a prominent figure in the disabilities community.

It was great to see the fine job that Father John MacInnis is doing there, assisted by one of our newly ordained priests, Father Steven Clemence. They minister to the large Hispanic community at St. John’s and at St. Thomas in Salem they have a very large Brazilian community.IMG_0157

Following the Mass they had a very nice reception at the Holy Ghost society Hall.

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Saturday, I celebrated my final opening Mass of the academic year at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Brookline. IMG_0851

During the Mass we instituted five new lectors, which is one of the ministries or what were formerly called the minor orders.IMG_0840

At each of the seminaries, I spoke about the three qualities that Pope Francis says attracted him to religious life: the missionary spirit, the sense of fraternity and the discipline, of the Jesuit Fathers that he knew as a young man in Buenos Aires. I pointed to those characteristics as being important in the life of any priest.IMG_0861_2

Afterwards I joined the seminarians for lunch.IMG_0872

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Monday, of course, was Labor Day. As I like to do every year, I joined in the Labor Day barbecue for priests hosted by Father Bob Casey at St. Brigid’s in South Boston. I think we had about 130 priests join us, which was just a wonderful turnout.photo (11)photo (10)

We are very grateful to Father Bob, who sponsors this gathering every year. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a good time was had by all!

I was very happy that earlier in the weekend, our Episcopal Vicar for the Central Region, Father Jim Flavin, celebrated a Labor Day Mass for workers at the Seaport Chapel in South Boston. LaborMass-CPineo_IMG_8875LaborMass-CPineo_IMG_8887

As I mentioned in my post last week, the Church has always had a deep concern for the plight of workers and particularly in today’s world. Though I was not able to attend, I was happy to lend my support to this Mass held in solidarity with workers in difficult labor situations.LaborMass-CPineo_IMG_8902

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Tuesday, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh came for a visit to the Cathedral.photo (14)

We had a very nice talk, and it was an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual concern to the Church and the City of Boston.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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30
Aug

Celebrating Bishop Coleman’s ministry

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Hello and welcome!

Last Friday, I visited the house of the Missionaries of Charity in Dorchester. The date was August 22 which, at Mother Teresa’s request, for the Sisters is still the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the normal calendar the feast has been moved to the second Saturday after Pentecost, so some have described it as a heart transplant! The Sisters renew their vows on this feast day and the Sisters of New Bedford also joined the Boston Sisters for the occasion.MoC_photo (4)_1

It is a beautiful feast day and there has been a long tradition in the Church of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It particularly became widely extended through the popular apparitions of St. Catherine Labouré at the Chapel Rue du Bac and the Miraculous Medal, because the back of the Miraculous Medal has a depiction of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Miraculous_medalAt the apparitions in Fatima, the Blessed Mother also encouraged devotion to her Immaculate Heart.

As I reflected in my homily, three of the five Joyful Mysteries of the rosary have references to Mary’s heart: at the Nativity, Mary is pondering these events in her heart; at the Presentation, Simeon predicts that Mary’s heart will be pierced by a sword; and in the fifth mystery, the Finding in the Temple, (which was the Gospel reading for the feast), Mary is once again pondering these events in her heart.  The sisters concluded the liturgy of the word by renewing their consecrations.MoC_photo (5)

We are so blessed to have the presence of Mother Teresa’s community here. They do wonderful work and are a presence of God’s love and mercy in our midst.
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Saturday, I went to Pittsburgh to be present at the solemn profession of three Capuchin friars: Roshan Anthonypillai, John Paul Kuzma and Rafael Anguiano-Rodriguez.Sol.Vow'14-597-01

I was very happy that my schedule allowed me to be able to attend both the simple profession and the solemn profession this year. The simple profession, which I mentioned in July, is for men who just finished their novitiate and take vows for three years. These men are taking perpetual vows.Sol.Vow'14-259-01

Sol.Vow'14-374-01The solemn profession takes place in St. Augustine’s Church in Pittsburgh, which is the church where I was professed and also where I was ordained, so it is filled with great memories.photo (3)

The church itself is very beautiful. It is a replica of a parish church in Munich, and was built over 100 years ago for the German immigrants in Pittsburgh.163449_110641209009848_260156_n

One of the saints that is very visible in the pictures of the main altar is St. Lawrence, because the name of that section of Pittsburgh is Lawrenceville, named after Lawrence Foster, who was father of the famous songwriter Stephen Foster.856443_451251561615476_1283534789_o

It was a very joyous event and I was very happy that so many of our Capuchins were able to attend and celebrate the occasion with us.

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Sunday, I was back in Boston and celebrated the 9:30 Mass at the Cathedral. At that Mass there was a couple who had been parishioners of mine for many years when I was in Washington, Edwin and Ofelia Sommarriba.photo (2)_2

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Monday, Joan and Ned Desmond were visiting relatives on the Cape and came for dinner at the Cathedral. Joan has had a long association with the National Catholic Register, which was founded by her family many years ago and, of course, she continues to contribute to the Register today.

I have known them for over 30 years so it was a nice opportunity to see them and catch up.

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On Tuesday, I presided at the Mass at the Fall River Cathedral for Bishop George Coleman, celebrating his 50 years of priesthood and his 11 years as Bishop of Fall River.

Bishop Coleman will be retiring next month so, in many ways, it was an opportunity for the diocese to honor and thank him for his service to God’s people. It was a very beautiful tribute that included a wonderful musical program with choirs from the Cathedral and Holy Name parish.

There was also a very large number of priests. I would say that half the Cathedral was filled with clergy.Coleman_Mass2Coleman_Mass3Coleman_Mass4Coleman_Mass6

Among the bishops present were Bishop Walter Edyvean, who was a classmate of Bishop Coleman, as well as Archbishop Cronin, a former Bishop of Fall River. photo 1

In my remarks after Communion, I told Bishop Coleman that Bishop Cronin and myself will soon be welcoming him into a very exclusive club – that of the former Bishops of Fall River!photo 2

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This being the last week of August, everything seems to be starting up again, including the seminaries. So, this week I have opening Masses at all three of our seminaries. The first was at St. John’s Seminary on Wednesday, which happened to be the Feast of St. Monica. Afterwards there was a very nice lunch outside on the lawn.SJS

It was an opportunity for me to encourage the seminarians, as they begin a new academic year after their summer experiences, which are also an important part of their formation and preparation for ministry.

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That afternoon, I went for a visit with Dr. Drew Faust, the president of Harvard University, in her offices. With me was Father Bryan Hehir, who is a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. We had a very interesting talk on current events and other topics.

During our visit she presented me with a copy of her book, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.

She pointed out that the Civil War is the conflict that has claimed the most American lives. Every war since then, cumulatively, does not reach that total. Faust

She said people have asked her if her book was an indictment of the Civil War. She said her response is that she thinks it is helpful for people to understand the consequences of war the changes that the Civil War brought to our society. She also spoke about some of the parallels she sees between World War I and the Civil War. It was a fascinating discussion.

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After our meeting at Harvard, I stopped in to San Lorenzo Friary in Jamaica Plain. The friars were having workshops on Franciscan spirituality this week and so they invited me to come to Vespers. image001

Cap_image002Cap_image001 (2)Afterward, Brother James and Brother Tino cooked a lovely meal for us.

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Finally, I want to conclude this week mentioning the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Unfortunately, many of our holidays – even religious holidays – eventually become separated from their original meaning. While, for many, Labor Day may just represent a last chance to head to the beach or a long weekend to do back-to-school shopping, it is of course an important time to remember the dignity of work and the importance of people’s employment in their lives.

The Church has always been an ally of the labor movement and in today’s world, unemployment and underemployment are a constant concern. In particular, the number of youth and young adults who are unemployed or underemployed is of crisis proportions. An article in The Economist magazine not long ago stated that the number of unemployed people in the world under 30 years of age is equal to the population of the United States. This is one reason why the Holy Father is always talking about economic justice and the plight of the young, as well as the elderly, who are often disproportionately affected by economic crises.

In our own archdiocese, we have the tradition the Labor Guild going back to the time of Cardinal Richard Cushing. We have, through this organization, sought to advance the Church’s teachings on economic justice and the rights of workers by promoting strong labor-management relationships through education and mediation. We are truly thankful for them and for all those who contribute to society through their work.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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