July 19 2016 - Catholic Night at Fenway - 700 Catholic Fans Representing the Archdiocese of Boston*
Very Rev. William Joy, Rev. Shawn Carey, Very Rev. Jim Flavin and Sister Marian Batho, representing the Archdiocese, will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony on the field. The National Anthem will be sung by Saint Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge, MA. Father Carey, Director of the Deaf Apostolate for the Archdiocese, will sign the anthem.
Prior to the first pitch the Red Sox will play a video message from Cardinal Seán O’Malley on the jumbotron with a special message for "Big Papi", David Ortiz. The video will be available on the Cardinal's twitter (@CardinalSean) feed after it is shown this evening. It will also appear on the Cardinal's blog (cardinalseansblog.org) this weekend. Cardinal Seán is on pilgrimage in Ireland to mark the 40 year re-dedication of Knock Basilica before he travels to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.
Joining in the pre-game ceremonies will be:
Representing Sacred Heart church in Waltham is High School Senior Rose Labadini. Rose is involved in youth ministry and as such assists in various parish ministries and programs. She is caring, welcoming, funny and very often the first to volunteer for service and justice projects such as working in the local soup kitchen. She balances her studies, social life and faith in such a way that she has become a wonderful role model for her peers.
Representing St. Cecilia Young Adults is Scott Sullivan. Scott is on the Planning Committee for the St. Cecilia Young Adults group located in the Back Bay. The group has over 575 members and organizes more than 50 service, spiritual and social events each year for Catholic young adults aged 20-40.
Representing Sacred Heart church in Newton is John Greeley. John is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is a Deputy Grand Knight in the Crozier Council #3973.
Very Reverend William Joy
Father Bill Joy is a priest of 44 years, most recently serving the Haitian community in Dorchester and Mattapan. Father Joy is a strong supporter of Catholic education and also spent many years serving refugee camps, through Catholic Relief Services, in many war-torn and famine ridden areas. Currently he is Assistant Vicar for Administration, Special Assistant to the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.
Sister Marian Batho
Sister Marian Batho, a Sister of Saint Joseph, is Cardinal Seán's liaison with the more than 1600 religious sisters, brothers and priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. Sister Marian is very active in promoting vocations and is the Chair of iCatholic Media which includes Catholic TV, The Pilot newspaper and Pilot Bulletins.
Very Reverend Jim Flavin
Father Jim Flavin is the Episcopal Vicar for the City of Boston and surrounding communities. He is a strong advocate for human dignity and justice in labor, immigration and education. A champion for affordable housing so families can continue to live and flourish in Boston, Father Flavin is also helping to establish the new "Our Lady of Good Voyage" chapel in the seaport district. He will become Administrator of Holy Name Parish in West Roxbury, MA, effective September 21st.
Reverend Shawn Carey
Father Shawn Carey serves as the Director of the Deaf Apostolate. This ministry serves the deaf community including Masses in American Sign Language. Later this month, Father Sean will be leading a group of 21 deaf individuals to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.
A number of parishes are attending the game as a group.
About the Archdiocese of Boston: The Diocese of Boston was founded on April 8, 1808 and was elevated to Archdiocese in 1875. Currently serving the needs of 1.8 million Catholics, the Archdiocese of Boston is an ethnically diverse and spiritually enriching faith community consisting of 289 parishes, across 144 communities, educating approximately 38,000 students in its Catholic schools and 156,000 in religious education classes each year, ministering to the needs of 200,000 individuals through its pastoral and social service outreach. Mass is celebrated in nearly twenty different languages each week. For more information, please visit www.BostonCatholic.org.