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St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions

“Long live Christ the King and the Virgin of Guadalupe!�This was the slogan of the “Cristero� uprising in the 1920’s against the anti-Catholic government of Mexico which had instituted and enforced laws against the Church in an absurd attempt to eradicate the Catholic faith in Mexico, even going so far as to ban all foreign clergy and the celebration of Mass in some regions.St. Christopher Magallanes, along with 21 other priests and three lay companions, were martyred between 1915 and 1937, by shooting or hanging, throughout eight Mexican states, for their membership in the Cristero movement. Magallanes erected a seminary in Totatiche and he and his companions secretly preached and ministered to the faithful.The last words heard spoken by Magallanes were from his cell, when he shouted, "I am innocent and I die innocent. I forgive with all my heart those responsible for my death, and I ask God that the shedding of my blood serve the peace of our divided Mexico".Pope John Paul II beatified the Cristero martyrs in 1992 and canonized them in 2000.

Catholic Charities’ Spring Celebration

Hello and welcome! Last Thursday I went to the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston to attend Catholic Charities’ annual Spring Celebration. My sister was visiting from Mexico, so I asked her to attend the gala with me. They hold this dinner each year to support their work and to present their Justice and Compassion Award. […]

Our first Sts. Martha and Mary Dinner

Hello and welcome! Following my time in Altotting, Germany, which I told you about last week, I returned to Rome to participate in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the presence of the Neocatechumenal Way in Rome on Saturday. There were about 100,000 people from over 100 countries – including about 200 from Boston […]

Returning to Altoetting

Hello and welcome! After finishing our meetings with the Holy Father last week, I came to Bavaria, to Altötting, which is the largest Marian shrine in Germany. I had not been here since I was a seminarian. Our province of Capuchins in the United States was founded by the Bavarian Capuchins, and we’ve always had […]

New members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Hello and welcome! This week, I write to you from Rome, where I have been attending meetings of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and the C9 Council of Cardinals. As I mentioned in my previous post, we began our meetings with the Commission last week, and it was an opportunity to receive […]

Ordaining our new transitional deacons

Hello and welcome! Last Thursday, I met with the major superiors of men’s religious orders that have a presence here in the archdiocese. We began our gathering with a Mass in the Pastoral Center chapel, followed by a lunch together. We hold these gatherings once a year to express our gratitude for all the ministries […]

St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy

Hello and welcome! This week, the Holy Father issued a beautiful new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be Glad”). It was actually signed on the Feast of St. Joseph, but it was published on Monday, April 9. In it, the Holy Father speaks about the very important topic of holiness — the Church […]

Easter Joy

Hello and welcome! This week we marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Of course, there were many observances throughout the country. I was very pleased to have been able to attend the breakfast here in the archdiocese for the Martin Luther King holiday, where many people who knew […]

The March for Our Lives

Hello and welcome! As I do each year on Holy Week, I am posting my blog a bit earlier than usual to leave the Triduum free for our many important events. This Saturday, young people throughout the country took part in the March for Our Lives, demonstrating against the lack of safety in our schools […]

Honoring Father Leahy

Hello and welcome! This past weekend I traveled to Washington, D.C. for one of our regular board meetings of the Catholic University of America. The Boston area is well represented on the board, with myself, Deacon Stephen Kaneb and Sister Janet Eisner as members. While I was there, I also had the opportunity to celebrate […]