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Our summer seminarian retreat

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week noting the passing of Cardinal Ivan Dias who had been the prefect of the Pontifical Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and was the Archbishop Emeritus of Bombay. He had been ailing for some time now. I received the news of his death Tuesday, the very […]

‘The Seven’

Hello and welcome, Like the rest of the American public, I was shocked by the terrible shooting that took place earlier this week in Arlington, Virginia, where a group of Republican Congressmen were practicing for a charity baseball game against a team of their Democratic colleagues — just the type of social interaction we need […]

The rich history of St. Mary’s, Cambridge

Hello and welcome! This past weekend was, of course, Pentecost and as has been my tradition, I celebrated Confirmations for the young people of the Brazilian community in the archdiocese. Ordinarily, we would hold all the Confirmations at the same time at the Cathedral. However, this year, because the upper church of the Cathedral is […]

Spending time with friends and family

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week joining those who have expressed their disappointment that President Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. Yesterday, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued a statement on […]

Ordaining new priests for Boston

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week saying how grieved we are by the terrible attack that took place this week in Manchester, England. While all such acts are terrible, this one seems particularly distressing because of the number of children and young people who lost their lives or were horribly injured. We […]

At the canonization of the Fatima seers

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week by noting the passing of Bishop Thomas Daily. Though a sad occasion, I was pleased to attend the services in Brooklyn. In addition to being the former Bishop of Brooklyn he was also a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and was a member of the […]

Honoring our Golden Jubilarian Priests

Hello and welcome! Last Friday I went to St. Paul School in Hingham to celebrate a Mass to mark the school’s 65th anniversary. We were very happy to be joined by a number of the Sisters of Charity to Halifax who are the founders of the school. Afterwards, I made a visit to the school […]

Our Annual Presbyteral Convocation

Hello and welcome! We are very pleased this week to learn about the advancements of several causes of canonization, including that of Father Solanus Casey, who will be beatified. Father Casey was a Capuchin friar, the son of Irish immigrants who joined a German Capuchin province — so I identify very much with him! He […]

Dedicating Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine

Hello and welcome! Each year we have a gathering of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS, lay missionaries working in the various universities in the Archdiocese of Boston. This year, it was held last Thursday evening at St. Mary’s Parish in Waltham, and hosted by Fathers Wayne Belchner and Eric Cadin, along with […]

Christ is Risen!

Hello and welcome! I hope you had a blessed Triduum and Easter! Holy Thursday, of course, was the beginning of the Triduum, and is such a sacred and important day in the life of the Church. On Holy Thursday we see the institution of the Eucharist, the ordination of the Apostles, the agony of Our […]