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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 […]

Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend

Hello and welcome! This Saturday, I was invited to give the keynote address at the regional Encuentro (Spanish for “Encounter”) held at Our Lady of La Salette Shrine in Attleboro. This gathering followed on the local and diocesan Encuentros that were held in the different dioceses throughout the region over the past few months including […]

ADL New England’s ‘A Nation of Immigrants’ Seder

Hello and welcome! As regular readers will remember, I was in Rome last week for meetings with the Holy Father and, on Friday, I left Rome to return to Boston. The flight went from Rome to Munich, where we were supposed to make a connection to Boston. However, when we got off the flight in […]

Snow in Rome

Hello and welcome! I have spent much of this past week in Rome for meetings with the Holy Father, but before I left, I was very happy to attend our annual vocation discernment retreats for men considering a vocation to the priesthood.   As in years past, there were two different “tracks,” if you will […]

The Rite of Election

Hello and welcome! This week we mourn the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, probably the best known evangelist of the last century, who spent his life preaching the message of the Gospel to millions of people all over the world. He, together with our own Bishop Fulton Sheen, was a pioneer in the use of […]

Praying for Parkland

Hello and welcome, As I begin this week’s post, our nation, the state of Florida and in particular the community of Parkland are shocked and stunned by the senseless and devastating gun violence at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday. We pray for the victims of the shootings: the students, teachers and school […]