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Marching for Life

Hello and welcome! Last Thursday I was invited to be part of the Flatley Scholars dinner at the Harvard Club in Boston. There, they brought together three of the Flatley Scholars and their families who are studying at the Catholic University of America. Since I am on the board of Catholic University, they asked me […]

On retreat with the U.S. bishops

Hello and welcome, As many of you may know, for much of this past week I was on retreat with the bishops of the United States at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. There were about 250 bishops in attendance with us, which is about the number that would normally attend our plenary session […]

Welcoming the New Year

Hello and Happy New Year! Here in Boston, we have the beautiful custom of ending the old year and beginning the New Year in church. So, on New Year’s Eve, I went to St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine for the archdiocese’s annual New Year’s Eve Vigil and Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of […]

Christmas Celebrations

Hello and welcome! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas! Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, I went to Holy Family Parish in Dorchester to celebrate the Spanish Mass with the community there. One of the things I talked about in my homily was Las Posadas, the wonderful Spanish Advent tradition in which a […]

The Encuentro Juvenil

Hello and welcome! Saturday, I celebrated the wedding Mass of Manuel and Ester Reyes at Our Lady the Assumption Parish in East Boston. Ester is the daughter of Antonio and Reyes Enrique. It was a very beautiful wedding. Because Ester’s family is from Spain, we used the Iberian Mozarabic ritual, which reminded me very much […]

Advent in Rome

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 […]

Beginning Advent

Hello and welcome! Friday, I went to the IBEW Hall in Dorchester for the Labor Guild’s annual Cushing-Gavin Awards Dinner.We are very proud of the work that has been done by the Labor Guild, which is one of the very important initiatives begun by Cardinal Cushing. Historically, the Church in the United States, since the […]

Presenting our Cheverus Awards

Hello and welcome! Saturday I went to our Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Brookline to celebrate the Rite of Candidacy of two seminarians. We celebrated the Vigil Mass of Christ the King at which Eric Gonzalez and Fernando Vivas were admitted to candidacy. At the conclusion of the Mass, we carried the Blessed Sacrament to the […]

Our Social Justice Convocation

Hello and welcome! In the United States, one of the most beautiful national celebrations that we observe is Thanksgiving. This beloved holiday recalls the early pilgrims who arrived in New England and, after surviving the ravages of winter with the help of the local indigenous population, had a great celebration to give thanks to God […]

The USCCB Fall General Assembly

Hello and welcome! Friday we had the 10th anniversary of the Yawkey Foundation Teacher Awards, which recognizes exemplary educators at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester. It was wonderful to realize how so many of the teachers have dedicated much of their careers to teaching at Catholic schools. For some, it is truly […]