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The Virtual Fall General Assembly

Hello and welcome! Instead of gathering in Baltimore as we usually do for our Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, this year, we held our meeting virtually. Our plenary session began on Monday, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday were taken up with meetings of the various committees. On Friday, I participated […]

Our 2020 Social Justice Convocation

Hello and welcome! Friday, I had a Zoom meeting with FOCUS campus missionaries in the archdiocese. Ordinarily, we would meet for a dinner and a time of dialogue, but this time we did it virtually. The gathering was a chance for them to share with me, and with each other, some of their experiences working […]

Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney

Hello and welcome, I want to share with you a statement issued Thursday as vote counting was still underway in the presidential election: Today our country, one of the oldest democracies and most diverse societies in the world, should take pride in the success of the electoral process. We thank all the candidates who have […]

New transitional deacons

Hello and welcome! During our recent board meeting of Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, Maryann McLaughlin, the co-director of our Worship and Spiritual Life Office, mentioned that they had a Cursillo Ultreya meeting coming up. I said I would love to participate, and so they sent me the Zoom link to join them last […]

Encuentro Juvenil 2020

Hello and welcome! Last Thursday, I had a virtual meeting with benefactors and supporters of FOCUS campus ministry. They asked me to share some of my experiences of having the FOCUS missionaries here in Boston. Of course, I noted the large student population we have here in the Archdiocese of Boston and how successful the […]

The solemn profession of Sister Karla Goncalves

Hello and welcome! Last Friday and Saturday was the V Encuentro Virtual Diocesan In-Service gathering. Since many dioceses have been unable to hold their Diocesan In-Services, the 6th and final milestone of the V Encuentro process, this national gathering was organized to allow dioceses to connect and then break up into diocesan delegations for discussion. […]

Eight new permanent deacons for Boston

Hello and welcome! I’d like to begin by sharing with you a statement I released earlier this week regarding the release of the Holy Father’s new encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” on Fraternity and Social Friendship: Pope Francis has given the Church his third encyclical letter, “Fratelli tutti,” a comprehensive examination of a broad range of issues […]

Celebrating our priests

Hello and welcome, We were so pleased that this Wednesday, the 1600th anniversary of the death St. Jerome, the Holy Father chose to publish his new apostolic letter Scripturae Sacrae affectus (“Devotion to Sacred Scripture”). St. Jerome used to say that “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ,” and his whole life was dedicated […]

Celebrating Jesuit ordinations

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week sharing with a statement I issued earlier today on efforts to advance the proposed ROE Act here in the Commonwealth: Our country and our Commonwealth are faced these days with multiple issues that are both empirically complex and profoundly moral in their content and consequences.  These […]

Celebrating Mass with Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish

Hello and welcome! Sunday, I went to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish in Waltham to celebrate a Mass with the parish. This was certainly the largest group I’ve celebrated Mass for since the start of the pandemic. They have been having outdoor Masses there every Sunday since they were allowed to resume in […]