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St. Julie Billiart

St. Julie Billiart, co-foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, came to her religious vocation late in life, at the age of 51. She was born in 1751, the fifth of seven children. As a child, she developed a great love for Jesus in the Eucharist. At 16, she began to teach to help support her family.However, due to a murder attempt on her father, she was plunged into very poor health for 30 years, 22 of which she was completely paralyzed. During this time she was very patient, and offered all of her sufferings to God.During the French Revolution, Julie opened her home as a hiding place for loyal priests, forcing her to flee from danger several times. She also received a vision of the Crucified Christ, surrounded by a large group of women dressed in habits. An inner voice told her that she would begin a religious institute for the Christian education of young girls.Julie and a rich young woman began the teaching order in 1803. In 1804, Julie was miraculously cured and could walk again. She died peacefully in 1816 at age 64. Pope Paul VI canonized her in 1969.

Praying for those affected by COVID-19

Hello and welcome, Like many of you, I was very moved last week to see the Holy Father’s “Urbi et Orbi” message and lead the people of the world in prayer for those impacted by the coronavirus. It was very powerful, and everyone that I’ve spoken to has commented on how deeply they were affected […]

My Virtual Lenten Retreat

Hello and welcome, Recently, Father Paul Soper and Father Eric Cadin suggested that I might prepare a Virtual Lenten Retreat to present on CatholicTV as well as online. I’m very grateful to Ann Gennaro of our Secretariat of Evangelization and Discipleship, who has been very helpful throughout this process. So, in recent days, I have […]

Praying for our health care workers

Hello and welcome, This week, following the recommended protocols for social distancing, I am celebrating Mass in the rectory of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross each day for all of our people, especially those who greatly desire to attend Mass but are unable to at this time. I would like to share with you […]

Reflecting on the legacy of St. Patrick

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week by sharing with you the statement issued earlier today regarding our on-going response to the coronavirus outbreak. I encourage you to visit BostonCatholic.org/coronavirus for the latest information. In response to growing public concern and following Governor Baker’s Emergency Order prohibiting most gatherings of 250 or more […]

The Rite of Election

Hello and welcome, The people of the United States and the world are very focused on the coronavirus and how quickly the virus is spreading. We have been closely following the directives of the Centers for Disease Control and the State Department, and in light of that, have been formulating our own policies for our […]

Ash Wednesday

Hello and welcome! As I mentioned last week, over the weekend we held our archdiocesan discernment retreats for men considering a vocation to the priesthood. So, on Saturday, I joined the group of men who would be candidates for St. John’s Seminary for their retreat at the Betania II Retreat Center in Medway. Between the […]

Beginning our vocation discernment retreats

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, I attended the annual New York Encounter hosted by Communion and Liberation. This gathering is modeled after Communion and Liberation’s annual event in Rimini, Italy called “Il Meeting,” which is the largest annual cultural event in Italy. The New York Encounter lasts throughout the weekend and includes different talks and […]

Installing Father Salocks at St. John’s Seminary

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, I was very happy to attend the Catholic Schools Foundation’s Celebration of Excellence Breakfast for Inner-city Scholarship Fund recipients who are going to graduate from high school this year. It was an opportunity to recognize the seniors for all their hard work and accomplishments over the last four years. The […]

Addressing the priests of Madrid

Hello and welcome! The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Carlos Osoro, asked me to address his priests at their annual convocation held at the University of San Dámaso this past week. So, following my meetings in Rome, I departed for Spain, but I had two days between the time of my arrival and the beginning of […]