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Investiture Mass for the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

Hello and welcome, It is with great sadness that we learned that there was another tragic mass shooting of innocent people this week, this time in Thousand Oaks, California. While the motives of this particular gunman remain unclear, it is very unsettling that, as a society, we are unable to deal with the circumstances that […]

Celebrating the Red Mass

Hello and welcome, This week, the whole country was shocked and grieved by the violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a congregation that had reached out to immigrants and was targeted by an anti-Semitic gunman. There, 11 people were murdered and six others were wounded. I think the reaction throughout the nation […]

World Mission Sunday

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, I went to Malden Catholic High School to celebrate their Mass of the Holy Spirit to open the academic year. Of course, the school comes under the sponsorship of the Xaverian Brothers who have played such an important role in education in our archdiocese. Malden Catholic has started a girls’ […]

A week of celebrations

Hello and welcome! This past weekend, I was in Rome to be present as the Holy Father canonized a number of new saints, perhaps the most notable of whom were Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero. This was a very special canonization for me because Pope Paul was the first pope I ever met […]

The Magnificat Day of Thanksgiving

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, we had our meeting of the Board of Trustees of Pope St. John the XXIII National Seminary in Weston. We were very pleased to get the reports from the various committees that work so hard there and we were happy to congratulate them on the very successful Lawn Party which […]

Ordaining eight new permanent deacons

Hello and welcome! This past Saturday, I had the joy of ordaining eight men as permanent deacons for the archdiocese of Boston. Now, with our permanent diaconate program functioning the way it is, we have an ordination every year, which is a great blessing for us. Because the cathedral is still under construction, the ordination […]

The V National Encuentro

Hello and welcome! This week I was very pleased to take part in the V National Encuentro, which was held in Grapevine, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This, as I have mentioned, was a national gathering of Hispanic leaders from around the United States to discuss their vision and hopes for the future of […]

A week of special events

Hello and welcome! This week has been an occasion to celebrate many important anniversaries in our local Catholic community. The first of these was on Friday, when I went to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester for a Mass to commemorate their 175th anniversary. The College of the Holy Cross was founded by […]

Meetings in Rome

Hello and welcome, We are monitoring the terrible news out of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, where a series of gas explosions killed a young man, injured at least two dozen other people, and ignited 60-80 fires in those three communities north of Boston on Thursday. This has forced entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews […]

Caring for survivors of clergy sexual abuse

Hello and welcome! This week I am in transit to Rome in anticipation of the next meeting of the C9 Council of Cardinals.  So, I have asked Vivian Soper to share some reflections with you about the work of our Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection, which does so much to help survivors of […]