Pastoral Themes

Cheverus Awards

In the bicentennial year of the Archdiocese of Boston (2008), Cardinal Séan O’Malley instituted the Cheverus Award medals.  These medals are now conferred upon selected recipients from throughout the Archdiocese annually at the Cathedral on or around the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Catholic Appeal


“You have a specific and important mission, that of keeping alive the relationship between the faith and the cultures of the peoples to whom you belong. . . . [W]e have to follow Christ along the concrete path of our daily lives so that he can transform us.”         
 -Pope Francis

On the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

On the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation


Giving Thanks to Our Sisters

“Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.” Jn 12:26

Offertory Collection Controls - Responsible Stewardship

The Archdiocese of Boston is moving forward with an initiative that soon will become standard practice for offertory collections. Advocated by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, the initiative has been piloted at approximately 50 parishes to date with a planned rollout over the course of FY16. The goal is simple—to create alignment across parishes so that all employ the same checks and balances in securing offertory.

Pope Francis’ Papal Visit

Pope Francis’ Papal Visit

Pope Francis will be visiting the United States of America for the first time since he was elected Pope in 2013.   He will publicly be celebrating Mass in Philadelphia the weekend after the World Meeting of Families.    

World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia


2015 World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia

Preparation for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family


The ongoing work of the Synod is intended to be a rethinking with renewed freshness and enthusiasm of what revelation, transmitted in the Church's faith, tells us about the beauty, the role and the dignity of the family.  This period of reflection and response prior to the upcoming Ordinary Synod is, as Pope Francis has noted, a path of "spiritual and pastoral discernment."
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Cardinal Seán's Blog

15 December 2018
Posted in: Main - Cardinal Seán @ 02:10 AM
Hello and welcome! This week, I have been in Rome for meetings of the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father on the reform of the Roman Curia. I arrived in Rome on Saturday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a holiday in Italy and has many traditions […]