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28
Mar

Looking at the future of Hispanic ministry

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Hello and welcome!

Thursday was our meeting of the Presbyteral Council, and I arranged to have the meeting end at noon so that the afternoon session could be dedicated to a report on a study of Hispanic ministry in the United States that Professor Hosffman Ospino has published along with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate of Georgetown University.903066_STMBk.indd

In addition to the Presbyteral Council members, we also invited pastors and staffs from parishes with a Hispanic ministry, as well as others who may be interested to join us, and we had a very good turnout.Ospino-CPineo_01

Professor Ospino gave an excellent talk, which certainly underscored the need for the Church to respond to the challenge and the opportunity of the Hispanic presence in the Church in United States. I had often heard the statistic that 55% of the Catholics under 30 years of age are Hispanic, but what had not heard was that Hispanics make up almost 70% of Catholics under age 19. So, if anyone has any doubts that this is a growing phenomenon, that statistic should put those doubts to rest. At the same time, the resources that we have dedicated to Hispanic ministry in the archdiocese and throughout the country are not adequate for the numbers of people that we are going to be called upon to serve.Ospino-CPineo_03

Professor Ospino’s presentation was sobering but, at the same time, stimulating and there was a great deal of discussion during the question-and-answer period. We are very grateful to have Professor Ospino in the archdiocese. He is a professor Boston College and has been working at St. Patrick’s parish in Lawrence for over 20 years.Ospino-CPineo_04

One of the things I spoke about was that we are beginning the process of studying Hispanic ministry in our own archdiocese. I would like it done as part of our preparation for the Encuentro Nacional Hispano de Pastoral, which will be held in 2017. Encuentro3Periodically since the early 1970’s the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has sponsored these Encuentros that have been very important in establishing Hispanic ministry throughout the states in promoting Hispanic leadership in the Church.

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In the afternoon, I met with the local leadership of the Catholic Daughters of America. The Catholic Daughters have been so supportive of the pro-life activities of the archdiocese and they came to bring a contribution for our Pro-Life Office supporting women in difficult pregnancies.CDA-GTracy_IMG_1699

I have long been a supporter of the Catholic Daughters and have tried to promote membership in their organization at our local schools and colleges whenever I can. I urge you to find out more about them at www.catholicdaughters.org.

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With an eye towards development efforts on behalf of the expansion of our Redemptoris Mater Seminary, we had vespers and dinner for supporters at the seminary in Brookline.rm1rm2

One of the initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, Kiko Arguello very graciously sent me one of his latest artistic endeavors, a beautiful icon of the Pieta. It was a wonderful symbol to receive during this Lenten season.IMG_3929

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Friday, I was visited by Professor Roberto Goizueta who is Cuban and a theology professor at Boston College. He brought me two of his books and we had a chance to speak a little bit about the situation of the Church in Cuba.1391708885847

It was very nice to see him.

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That evening, as I have been doing, I met with our pre-theology seminarians for Vespers, dinner and conversation. We spoke about the Church, their vocation and seminary life. It was a very animated evening. Once again, I always find it very life-giving to be with our seminarians.

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Saturday I went to St. John’s Seminary for the 15th anniversary celebration of their Masters of Arts in Ministry program. For the celebration, they invited back all the alumni.IMG_4002

The evening began with a Mass. The Chapel was full they had probably about 200 people there.St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
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St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
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St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
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St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
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St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
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St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
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St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
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Following the Mass, there was a banquet in the refectory. St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
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St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
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St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
Pilot photo by Christopher S. Pineo

Awards were given to three graduates for their outstanding achievements – Craig Gibson , Sister Janet Ryan and Jay Fadden.12-MAM-16894066241_5657513190_o(1)

We congratulate them and all those who have been involved in the MAM program over the years for reaching this important milestone. In particular, we are very grateful to Aldona Lingertat and Father Chris O’Connor for all their great effort to make this program so successful.

St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
Pilot photo by Christopher S. Pineo
St. John’s Seminary Master of Arts in Ministry Program 15th anniversary gala held March 21, 2015.
Pilot photo by Christopher S. Pineo

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The Marist Missionary Sisters have been holding an international meeting for their order at their house in Waltham, and on Monday and I was happy to celebrate Mass for them and join them for lunch. The Mass was celebrated mainly in French because they had sisters from all over the world and French was the language they most had in common.IMG_4004 (2)

It was very good to see Sister Georgeanne Marie Donovan, who is their Superior General who was here from Rome.

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Tuesday evening, we had a reception at the Boston College Club for those who worked on the committee to plan our annual Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner.ClergyFunds

We wanted to thank all those who have worked so hard to plan this very important fundraiser for the needs of our priests.

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On Wednesday, the Feast of the Annunciation, we held our Lenten day of recollection for the staff here at the Pastoral Center.Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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We invited Sister Adela Galindo, who is originally from Nicaragua and has started a religious community in Miami, to give the keynote.Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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We began the day with Sister’s talk in the main auditorium.

Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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We then moved to the chapel for Eucharistic adoration.Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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We concluded our retreat with Mass.Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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Archdiocese of Boston Lenten Day of Reflection for staff, March 25, 2015.
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I was very happy to see that so many of the staff were able to participate and also that many priests came from various religious communities came to help with hearing confessions.

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In the afternoon I was visited by Father Wayne Paysse from the Black and Indian Mission Office, which has been very generous in supporting Black Catholic ministry here in the archdiocese. He visited me along with Father Michael Harrington and Lorna DeRoses.IMG_4008

With Father Harrington, Lorna and Father Paysse

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Wednesday evening, we had one of our periodic meetings of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.APC_CPineo_IMG_2610APC_CPineo_IMG_2612

The APC is a very important sounding board for the archdiocese. It is way of hearing the perspective of the various religious communities, the deacons and particularly our lay leaders from throughout the archdiocese. We are very grateful to Sister Marian Batho for the wonderful job she does organizing the APC.

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Finally, this week I was given the opportunity to screen the film Little Boy, which I found very moving. Little_Boy_poster

The film is about a family during World War II. It speaks of the havoc that the war wreaked on this family, but also the importance of faith and works of mercy. I particularly liked the two priests in the film (played by Eduardo Verástegui and Tom Wilkinson) who are portrayed in a very positive and pastoral way. For example, in the film they help the people overcome their fear and prejudice against Japanese Americans.

It has a wonderful message and I feel it’s the kind of film that anyone in the family would enjoy. Unfortunately, when independent films like this are made they often don’t have the same kind of advertising budgets that big studio films have, so it’s up to us to spread the word— and this is a film with a message that deserves to be spread.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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21
Mar

Addressing the South Shore Chamber of Commerce

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Hello and welcome!

This week we learned the date of the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero.Photo_IMG_3989

Cardinal Amato, the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will be there to officially beatify him on May 23 in San Salvador itself. Unfortunately, this is the same day that we have scheduled our ordinations in Boston. Otherwise, I would have seriously considered attending, because I knew Msgr. Romero quite well and of course, I am delighted that he is being beatified.

I hope to hold a Mass of Thanksgiving here in the archdiocese of Boston for the Salvadoran community and others who have a devotion to this great man who certainly identified very much with the suffering and the persecuted. His preaching of the Church’s social gospel put him in harm’s way and eventually led to his death. He was murdered while saying Mass at the Catholic hospital in San Salvador. (I have celebrated Mass at that same altar.)QUINN-ROMERO

I attended his funeral, which was on Palm Sunday. It was very memorable because thousands and thousands of people were gathered outside the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador and, during the funeral Mass, the army opened fire on the crowd. The thousands of people just fled.QUINN-ROMEROQUINN-ROMERO

I still recall that the square was completely vacant except for the palm branches covering the ground and the shoes and sandals that had fallen off the people as they trampled each other to escape.

So, even in his death they were still persecuting him, and his beatification is certainly a vindication.

I think when many people think of Archbishop Romero, they think of the 1989 film about his life called “Romero.” I remember when it came out, I found it fairly accurate but the most astounding thing about the film was the excellent portrayal of the archbishop by Puerto Rican actor Raul Julia.Romero_(1989,_film_poster)

Later, I saw an interview with Raul Julia, in which he said that he had been something of a fallen-away Catholic but, to prepare himself for the part, he read all of the Archbishop Romero’s sermons and it brought him back to the practice of the faith. He said he came back to church and started receiving the sacraments – and shortly after that, he died. It has always struck me how that role brought him back into the fold of the faith and prepared him for his journey into eternity. It was just another fruit of Archbishop Romero’s ministry.QUINN-ROMERO

I was privileged to be with Monsignor Romero on a number of occasions. I worked for 20 years of the Salvadoran community in Washington so I know what a great grace this is going to be for the Salvadoran people. We look forward to celebrating his beatification here in Boston.

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Now on to the events of my week…

On Monday I was in Palm Beach for a family funeral. The husband of my cousin Kathleen, Gary Rotella, died unexpectedly. We have always been very close and I was happy to have the opportunity to be there for the funeral.Photo_gary-rotella

It was standing room only in the church of St. John the Baptist in Fort Lauderdale. Gary was originally from Vermont, and his family was there in great numbers. He was very involved in the Boys and Girls Club and many other charities, so there were many people from those organizations as well.

The pastor there, Monsignor Kelly, concelebrated the funeral Mass with us. He is an extraordinary priest and I am so very grateful for his many kindnesses to my family over the years.

There was a prayer at Gary’s funeral that I had never heard before, but I liked very much. It is called the “Game Guy’s Prayer” and was written by Cardinal Cushing.

The Game Guy’s Prayer

Richard J. Cushing D.D., Archbishop of Boston

Dear God:

Help me to be a sport in this little game of life. I don’t ask for any easy place in the line-up; play me anywhere You need me. I only ask for the stuff to give You one hundred-percent of what I’ve got. If all the hard drives seem to come my way, I thank You for the compliment. Help me to remember that You won’t ever let anything come my way that You and I together can’t handle.

And help me to take the bad break as part of the game. Help me to understand that the game is full of knots and knocks and trouble and make me thankful for them. Help me to be brave so that the harder they come the better I like it.

And, O God, help me to always play on the square. No matter what the other players do, help me to come clean. Help me to study the Book so that I’ll know the rules and to study and think a lot about “the Greatest Player” that ever lived, and other players that are portrayed in the Book. If they found out that the best part of the game was helping other guys who were out of luck, help me to find it out too. Help me to be regular and also an inspiration with the other players.

Finally, O God, if fate seems to uppercut me with both hands and I’m laid on the shelf in sickness or old age or something, help me to take that as part of the game, too. Help me not to whimper or squeal that the game was a frame-up, or that I had a raw deal.

When, in the falling dusk I get the final bell, I ask no lying complimentary tombstones. I’d only like to know that You feel that I’ve been a good game guy, a saint in the game of life. AMEN.

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From there, I went to Washington for a board meeting of the Catholic University of America. Photo_IMG_3993While I was there, the new U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, came to pay a visit. (Normally, here is where I would say “no relation,” but his grandfather is from Westport, the same small village that my grandfather is from. So, you never know!)Photo_IMG_3992

With Ambassador O’Malley

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Unfortunately, my meetings at Catholic University took me away from the archdiocese on St. Patrick’s Day. However, I did leave this St. Patrick’s Day message which I would like to share with you here:St. Patrick’s Day Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2015 by Bishop Robert Hennessey.<br /><br />
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Also I am very grateful to Bishop Robert Hennessey and Monsignor Liam Bergin for doing such a fine job with the St. Patrick’s Day Mass of the Cathedral.St. Patrick’s Day Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2015 by Bishop Robert Hennessey.<br /><br />
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St. Patrick’s Day Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2015 by Bishop Robert Hennessey.<br /><br />
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St. Patrick’s Day Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2015 by Bishop Robert Hennessey.<br /><br />
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St. Patrick’s Day Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2015 by Bishop Robert Hennessey.<br /><br />
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St. Patrick’s Day Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2015 by Bishop Robert Hennessey.<br /><br />
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Fiona Gael Mahon of Newburypory collects her blessed shamrocks following the St. Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2015.<br /><br />
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Wednesday, I celebrated the funeral of one of the oldest priests in the archdiocese, Monsignor William Glynn. He had been blessed with great health, and was very active until quite recently. He was just a beloved figure in the archdiocese as a priest and a pastor.5795042480623

Bishop Uglietto delivered the homily at the funeral, which stressed how mercy was one of Monsignor Glynn’s favorite words, but it was also a theme of his priesthood. Bishop Uglietto had been stationed with him at St. Gregory’s in Dorchester as a young priest and said that the advice Monsignor Glynn always gave to priests was, “Remember three things: be kind, be kind, be kind.”Photo_Glynn_scan0034

Monsignor Glynn was one of the first priests I met in the archdiocese, because when I was bishop in the West Indies I would come to Boston to do confirmations and his church, Holy Family in Duxbury, was one of the first places I went. Actually, I think I may have celebrated the first confirmation that was held at that church, because it had just been built.

Monsignor Glynn had served as the director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for 10 years and had been very supportive of the missions, and was very supportive of me as a missionary bishop.

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Then, in the afternoon, I went to give a luncheon address to the South Shore Chamber of Commerce at The Lantana in Randolph.SouthShoreChamber

This was the second time that I have addressed them. They have over 1000 members and the luncheon was very well attended.

I began my address by citing the wonderful op-ed on Catholic schools by William McGurn that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on March 16. I then went on to speak about some contemporary issues in the archdiocese, in the universal Church, and the work of the reform of the Curia. Afterwards there was a period of questions and answers.image (3)

It was a very nice event and I was glad to have been able to do it.

In attendance there were a number of students from Sacred Heart School in Kingston. They took a group photo…

 

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In the afternoon, I met with Father Richard Clancy and Rose Patek. Photo_IMG_3995

Rose one of the leaders of the Betania II Center in Medway and she is a very dedicated Catholic laywoman who is devoted to promoting evangelization in many different aspects, but she was here particularly because of her outstanding support of FOCUS and campus ministry in the archdiocese.

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Finally, this week we were so pleased to learn that the Holy Father has proclaimed a Holy Year of Mercy, which will run from December 8 of this year until November 20, 2016. He has asked Archbishop Fisichella to be in charge of organizing activities for this year.POPE-PENANCE

Certainly, mercy has been one of the major themes of the Holy Father’s pontificate. It clearly captures so much of the spirit of his preaching, in which he has spoken of the outreach to the periphery, seeing the Church as the field hospital and urging people to live that tenderness and mercy that God the father has for us.

Surely this needs to be the hallmark of being a missionary disciple – to make God’s mercy more visible and present in the world.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

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