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St. Francis de Sales

Jan. 24 marks the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and Christian unity whose role as a priest and bishop helped bring thousands of Protestants back to the Catholic Church. In the late 16th and early 17th century, St. Frances de Sales conducted spiritual direction both in person and in written correspondence. This inspired his famous work “Introduction to the Devout Life.� During his ministry in Switzerland, he wrote and distributed religious tracts that made inroads among Protestants and helped between 40,000 and 70,000 return to the Catholic faith. Because he is a patron saint of writers, his feast day traditionally marks the release of the Pope’s annual message for World Communications Day. Pope Benedict XVI’s 2013 message reflected on social networks and their potential to strengthen unity and harmony between people. He also warned that these enable a mindset that rewards popularity, rather than rewarding what has intrinsic value. St. Francis de Sales was no stranger to unpopularity. As a priest he volunteered to lead a mission to return the Calvinist Switzerland back to the Catholic faith. He faced much hostility, including death threats and would-be assassins. He was born in 1567 in the Savoy region in what is now part of France. He was a diplomat’s son, born into a household with great devotion to St. Francis of Assisi. He studied rhetoric, the humanities and law in preparation for a political career. He had resolved to hold to religious celibacy and he held a deep devotion to the Virgin Mary, but he kept this strong spiritual life secret from the world. This devotion clashed with the wishes of his father, who had arranged a marriage for him. The Catholic bishop of Geneva found Francis de Sales a position in the Swiss Church, leading to his ordination as a priest in 1593. He was named Bishop of Geneva in 1602, after which he worked to restore Geneva’s churches and religious orders. He helped the future saint Jean Frances de Chantal, whom he had served as spiritual director, found a women’s religious order. He died in 1622 in Lyons at a convent he had helped to found. Frances de Sales was canonized in 1665 and named a Doctor of the Church in 1877.

A call to action on the ROE Act

Hello and welcome, In light of the present makeup of the Supreme Court, the national debate on abortion has generated a great deal of legislation to restrict abortion in some states and to attempt to enshrine abortion in state law other places. This is what we are currently seeing in Massachusetts with the proposed ROE […]

Epiphany celebrations

Hello and welcome! Thursday, I had dinner with Father Antonio Nardoianni from St. Leonard’s Parish in the North End, who announced in December that he would be leaving St. Leonard’s and will move on to minister in Canada. In his 15 years as pastor, he did extraordinary work at St. Leonard’s — renovating the church, […]

Beginning the New Year

Happy New Year to you all! Thursday, the day after Christmas, I traveled to Puerto Rico because on Friday morning, the Feast of San Juan, there was the ordination of the new Auxiliary Bishop of San Juan, Bishop Alberto Figueroa. Later that day, I also ordained a deacon and priest for the Capuchin Friars in […]

Celebrating Christmas

Hello and welcome! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas! During the monthly cabinet meeting last Friday, Bishop Reed brought relics from Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower. The relics will be used for the new parish we created in Somerville which is being named […]

Advent Masses and Gatherings

Hello and welcome! We were very pleased with the announcement earlier this week that the Holy Father has decided to remove the pontifical secret in cases of abuse. This is in keeping with the conference that the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors organized last month in Rome to discuss the issue of the […]

Announcing the Year of Eucharist

Hello and welcome! Earlier this week, we announced that beginning on Holy Thursday of next year and running through Corpus Christi 2021, we will be observing a Year of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Boston. I want to share with you the letter that I issued with the announcement this week: December 10, 2019 […]

Ordaining Father Francis Pham

Hello and welcome! There has been a long-standing tradition in Boston of the archdiocese and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis exchanging delegations on our patronal feasts, mirroring the practice of the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Holy Father. Each year, the Holy Father sends a representative to Constantinople to be with the Ecumenical Patriarch for the Feast […]

Presenting our annual Cheverus Awards

Hello and welcome! As I do every year during the week of Thanksgiving, I am posting my blog a few days earlier than usual. Thursday evening, I went to the Harvard Club in Boston for a dinner in honor of Dr. Lorenzo Berra, who has been appointed to the Reginald Jenney Associate Professorship at Harvard […]

The St. John’s Seminary Report

Hello and welcome, Earlier today, we released the final report resulting from a more than year-long independent inquiry into St. John’s Seminary conducted by former U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern, with the assistance of Attorney Doug Salvesen and others at the firm Yurko, Salvesen & Remz. The seminary review has been a long and arduous […]