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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 […]

Encouraging reports at our Presbyteral Council

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, I celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit to begin the academic year at our Redemptoris Mater Seminary. We also took advantage of the occasion to have the institution of lectors and acolytes.  Javier Padilla was instituted as a lector, and Francis Trewin and Diego Alejandro Peña were instituted as […]

Giving thanks for 50 years of priesthood

Hello and welcome! Friday, I went to Sacred Hearts Parish in Malden to celebrate the funeral of Father Daniel Hickey. Father Dan had been in the parish for nearly 30 years and was greatly beloved. With Father Dan at last year’s Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner He was ordained in 1959 and served as vicar […]

Planning for fall events

Hello and welcome, I want to begin by sharing an important statement with you that we issued yesterday: The Catholic community has the right to expect the priests of the Archdiocese and those entrusted with handing on the faith to be clear and unequivocal on the Church’s teaching concerning respect and protection for life from […]

The perpetual profession of Sister Khristina Galema, FSP

Hello and welcome! Saturday was the Feast of the Assumption, and on that day, I was very happy to go to the house of the Daughters of St. Paul in Jamaica Plain to celebrate the perpetual profession of Sister Khristina Galema. Sister Khristina was born and raised in the Philippines. As a young adult, she […]

Reflecting on the sin of racism

Hello and welcome! In the Church, we have a long-standing concern about the issue of racism in our culture and in our country. In the year 2000, for the new millennium, I issued a pastoral letter on racism, “Solidarity: Arduous Journey to ‘The Promised Land.’” More recently, in 2018, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops […]

Ordinations to the Priesthood

Welcome back! On Friday, the night before the ordinations, we gathered with the deacons to be ordained priests the next morning. We prayed vespers in the Blessed Sacrament chapel in the cathedral and then had dinner together. As I do each year, I gave them their ordination gift, a ritual  book and the oil stocks […]

Catholic Schools Are Worth Saving

Hello and welcome! On Wednesday, the National Catholic Register published an op-ed I co-authored with Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Gomez, presenting the case for federal government support of schools being extended to Catholic school parents, in order to help prevent closure of Catholic schools throughout the country due to the parents’ inability to afford tuition […]

An Ordinand Reflects: Deacon Daniel Zinger

Hello and welcome! This week I would like to bring you the next post by one of our men who are going to be ordained this year on Aug. 1, Deacon Daniel Zinger. However, before that, there are some items I want to share with you: This last week we were very happy to be […]

An Ordinand Reflects: Deacon Joe Hubbard

Hello and welcome! As regular readers will remember, around this time each year, I like to ask some of our newly ordained priests to share the story of their journey to the priesthood and their experience of beginning their new ministry. I always find that these guest posts are a wonderful way for our people […]