◄ Back to Cardinal's Corner Subscribe to RSS Feed
 
25
Oct

Thanking those who help our Appeal

Tags: Main

Hello and welcome!

I want to begin by saying what a great joy it was for me to see Pope Paul VI beatified by our Holy Father this past week. BEATIFICATION-MASS

Paul VI was the first pope I ever met in person. I met him because, as a young friar, I would go to our General Chapter to serve as an interpreter, and at the end of the chapter we would always have a private audience with the Holy Father. At each of those meetings, Pope Paul would talk to us about his relationship with the Friars that he had known growing up and those who took care of his parents at the end of their lives. He would also always give us a gift. One of those gifts was a Bible that I still cherish to this day. BEATIFICATION-MASS

– – –

Now on the events of my week…

Thursday evening, I went to Chestnut Hill to visit Mother Olga Yaqob and her sisters, the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, a new religious community in the archdiocese that is thriving.

21041016DOMON_gm0019

We had a Mass and dinner with the sisters, as well as a number of their friends and supporters who were present. Father Robert McCreary was also with us at the Mass. He has been helping the sisters in his role as spiritual director and has been helping them draft their constitution.

21041016DOMON_gm0082

The Mass was held outdoors in a tent, but despite the rain it was a very beautiful occasion. The sisters sang a number of songs for us and it was an opportunity for people to hear Mother Olga speak about the progress that the community has made in the last few years.

21041016DOMON_gm0017

21041016DOMON_gm0065

21041016DOMON_gm0048

– – –

On Friday, I was visited by Father Joseph Bisson, SVD who was visiting from Papua New Guinea.6

With Father Bisson, his nephew Steven, and Father Emilio Biosca who was visiting me from Cuba, but was for 10 years in Papua New Guinea

Father Bisson is from Boston but he has been working in Papua New Guinea for almost 50 years. He is stationed in the town next to the diocese that is entrusted to the Capuchin mission, so he knows many of our friars there.

This week I was also visited by Bishop Bevard of the Virgin Islands who was in the area doing mission appeals in New Hampshire.

Of course, this was the week of World Mission Sunday and so I was happy to receive these missionaries. World Mission Sunday reminds all of us of our obligation to support the missions with our prayers and with our sacrifices.

– – –

Friday night I had evening prayer with our seminarians who are in their third year of theology. It is always a wonderful opportunity to have these meetings with the seminarians in order to get to know them better, answer their questions and hear first-hand about what is happening in our seminary.

– – –

Saturday, I went to East Boston for the celebration of El Señor de los Milagros (The Lord of Miracles) at Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

This is a Peruvian devotion that goes back to colonial times when there was a terrible earthquake in Lima. There was almost total devastation, but standing above the rubble, and seemingly untouched, was one wall of a church that had a mural of the crucifixion.2

That has been the object of great devotion in Peru, where each year in October they hold one of the largest processions in the world. I understand that at times they have had between 3 and 4 million people in the streets of Lima for the procession. Traditionally, the people wear purple for the feast.3

When I was a young priest in Washington I celebrated the feast every year with the Peruvians and we had the image of El Señor de los Milagros in our church, Sacred Heart.4

Father Tom Domurat, the pastor, is doing such a wonderful job at Holy Redeemer. He is very encouraging of the popular religiosity of the immigrants of his parish who come from many different countries. For example, earlier this year they had a very large Salvadoran celebration, Cristo Salvador Del Mundo.

– – –

Sunday, I was happy to celebrate the Mass at the Cathedral to honor of our Catholic Appeal donors and volunteers.20141019CAC_gm_008

It was moving to see the chapel nearly filled to capacity and to share the Eucharist with so many of our faithful who give generously to the Catholic Appeal. 20141019CAC_gm_08320141019CAC_gm_01020141019CAC_gm_015

20141019CAC_gm_01620141019CAC_gm_022After the Mass we had a light reception in the Cathedral Hall.

We heard remarks from Father Lou Palmieri, pastor of the Quincy collaborative, and John Corcoran, an Appeal volunteer at St. John the Baptist Parish in Essex. 20141019CAC_gm_043

Father Palmieri

20141019CAC_gm_046

20141019CAC_gm_050

John Corcoran

Both Father Lou and John spoke about how his parish community has been strengthened through the more than 50 ministries and programs funded through the Appeal. 20141019CAC_gm_134

In my remarks, I thanked the people for their strong commitment to the Appeal and for being a sign of the joy of the faith we live and believe in as Catholics.20141019CAC_gm_09720141019CAC_gm_10820141019CAC_gm_11320141019CAC_gm_117

– – –

On Monday, I went to Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden to celebrate Mass with nearly 1,000 members of Cursillo in the archdiocese.

The wonderful thing about the Cursillo is that, more than any other group in the archdiocese, it really reflects the catholicity of the Church. For example, at the Mass we were joined by the Melkite Eparch Bishop John Elya and members of the Melkite Catholic community, a large Vietnamese contingent, a large Hispanic contingent, and a large Portuguese-speaking contingent along with many other parish groups.

Of course the pastor, Father Dick Mehm, stood up and said, “I want all of you to register in this parish right now!”

Of course the singing was just extraordinary. I was particularly struck by some of the songs that were sung in Vietnamese which were particularly beautiful.

The Cursillo movement is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. It is a wonderful apostolic movement in the Church, which has prepared a number of lay leaders. When I was in the seminary, I made the Cursillo with the Latin Americans in Washington. The Cursillo movement started in the United States in Texas. At first, they were only given in Spanish and it was not until the mid-60s that they began to give Cursillos in English. It made a very important contribution, because so many leaders of the Hispanic community – a very large percentage of them – were Cursillistas. Many of those people went on to become catechists, permanent deacons and members of parish councils. Even today, when you go to visit the prisons, all the volunteers are usually Cursillistas.

It is a wonderful blessing for us and we are very grateful to Neal Finnegan, Mary Ann McLaughlin, Father Martin Hyatt and so many other leaders who are involved in Cursillo. I encouraged the Cursillistas to continue to invite people to be part of the Cursillo itself. It is a wonderful experience that prepares them for ministry and evangelization in the Church.

– – –

Tuesday we had the Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton with the students who received Peter S. Lynch Scholarship from the Catholic Schools Foundation this year.unnamed

Peter Lynch was with us along with Mike Reardon who runs the Catholic School Foundation and our new Superintendent, Kathy Mears.

We are so grateful to the Catholic School Foundation for these scholarships, which will make such a difference in the lives of these young people. We know that it is a great encouragement to them to continue doing well in their studies and to continue on the path of their Catholic education.

– – –

That evening, we had a St. Andrews Dinner for young men considering a vocation to the priesthood at St. Mary’s High School in Lynn. Most often, we have these dinners at the seminary, which has the advantage of allowing the young men to see and experience seminary. But sometimes it is also good to have a change of venue.

There is a wonderful campus ministry at St. Mary’s and a very strong Catholic identity in the school, which was strongly reflected in the young men who were part of the evening. Andrea Alberti and Chris Carmody do a wonderful job with the campus ministry there.photo (2)

We began with Vespers in the school chapel followed by dinner in the library.

We did have sort of an icebreaker exercise that I found very amusing, guessing the identity of a “mystery priest” based on personality traits.photo

We ended with a birthday cake for Father Dan Hennessey.

– – –

Wednesday, I celebrated the Alumni Mass at Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston, held as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. There were about 60 priests who came from all over the country – from as far away as Alaska — to be there.10450008_875679749118290_181976139678259334_o10644575_875679995784932_699459179133501569_o10668879_875679895784942_7388763800610423437_o

Afterwards, we had a very nice dinner. 10359086_875681825784749_3387901412889357893_o10687467_875682809117984_9160021023729011883_o

I congratulated them on managing to get their patron canonized as part of their 50th anniversary celebration — I thought that was very ingenious of them!

Pope John XXIII had made the comment that “a vocation can come at any time in a man’s life” and that was the inspiration for Cardinal Cushing establishing what was originally called Pope John XXIII Seminary.

By the time the seminary was actually open, the Holy Father was Pope Paul VI. It was Pope Paul who gifted to the seminary the portrait of John XXIII that hangs outside the Chapel.photo 2

They have beautiful portraits of both John XXIII and Cardinal Cushing outside the Chapel. photo 1

I’ve always very much admired those portraits of two great men in the history of our Church.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

Tags: Main
18
Oct

A week of farewells

Tags: Main

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.

Brittany

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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

– – –

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

– – –

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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!

– – –

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

Tags: Main
11
Oct

‘Evangelizing cities today’

Tags: Main

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.”

- – -

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.

- – -

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

- – -

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

- – -

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.

10072014_123612_borromeo

- – -

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)

- – -

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!

- – -

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)

- – -

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.

- – -

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

Tags: Main
04
Oct

Dedicating new affordable housing for Salem

Tags: Main

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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 />

– – –

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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

– – –

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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

– – –

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

Tags: Main
27
Sep

Celebration of the Priesthood

Tags: Main

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

– – –

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

10

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.

12

6

29

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

4

 

8In this photo I am with the pastor and the mayor of Quincy

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.

– – –

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 />

– – –

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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.

– – –

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

John Kaneb

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

Tags: Main