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The Catholic University of Portugal

Hello and welcome! As regular readers will remember, last week I had been in Rome of meetings of the C9 Council of Cardinals. On my way home on Saturday, I passed through Lisbon for a day because the Catholic University of Portugal, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, had invited me to speak at a […]

A critical moral juncture

Hello and welcome, As many of you may have heard, earlier this week I issued a statement regarding the U.S. government’s treatment of people seeking to enter this country at the U.S.-Mexican border. Obviously, the reports of all that is happening at the border, particularly separating small children from their parents, and the very dismissive […]

The Feast of Corpus Christi

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, I went to Atlanta to participate in their annual Eucharistic Congress. This is a 24-year tradition for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. It was started by Archbishop John Donoghue and Archbishop Wilton Gregory has continued and augmented this wonderful event, which has grown to about 30,000 participants. It is a two-day […]

Celebrating confirmations with the Brazilian Community

Hello and welcome! Last Thursday, we had one of our regular St. Andrew Dinners at St. Edith Stein Church in Brockton. We periodically hold these gatherings in different areas the archdiocese, which are an opportunity for young men considering a vocation to the priesthood to come together for Vespers, share a meal and listen to […]

Seven new priests ordained for Boston

Hello and welcome! Last Friday I went to Catholic Memorial School to celebrate Mass with the students, faculty and friends of the school and for the dedication ceremony of the renovated student lounge, which has been named the Kennedy Commons for Father Dan Kennedy. It was amazing to reflect on his short life as a […]

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 […]