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Reading with St. Mary’s School, Brookline

Hello and welcome! Tuesday was Read Across America Day, a day when many schools ask a special “guest reader” to join them to read a book to their students. This year, I was happy to serve as the guest reader for St. Mary’s School in Brookline. They chose a beautiful book, though one that I […]

Celebrating the Rite of Election

Hello and welcome! Each year around this time, we like to hold a retreat for men who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Normally, we would hold the gathering with all the men together in a retreat house. However, because of COVID, this year, we decided to hold three smaller gatherings, each in a […]

Celebrating Ash Wednesday

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, we had one of our regular meetings of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference. As always, it was an opportunity to speak about legislation and other public-policy items of interest to the Church in the Commonwealth. We were very happy to welcome Bishop William Byrne, the new Bishop of Springfield, for his […]

Meetings and milestones

Hello and welcome! This past weekend, we concluded our observance of Catholic Schools Week. We were glad that many of our schools were able to participate in different activities for Catholic Schools Week.This has been a unique year in so many respects, and we are all very proud of what our Catholic schools have been […]

Hosting the Vigil for Life

Hello and welcome! Friday was the day that we marked the 48th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade with the virtual March for Life, which was preceded by the Vigil Mass for Life the evening before at the National Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Ordinarily, following the vigil Mass, there […]

The right to life

Hello and welcome! Sunday, I went to South Boston to celebrate the dedication of St. Monica’s Community Hall to Ed and Jean Shiflett. Unfortunately, Ed was in the hospital and was unable to be there, but we unveiled the plaque with Jean and the pastor, Father Peter DeFazio. I gave them rosaries from the Holy […]

Remembering Dr. King

Hello and welcome! On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ordinarily, I would have gone to St. Katharine Drexel Parish for their annual Prayer Breakfast to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. This year, however, I was happy to join them online for their virtual celebration, which was hosted by the pastor, Father Oscar Pratt. There were a […]

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Hello and welcome! We are very pleased that on Monday, the residents and staff of Regina Cleri were inoculated against the coronavirus. This is encouraging because, here in Massachusetts, we are currently experiencing the post-Christmas surge in cases. Currently, there are seven priests in the archdiocese sick with COVID-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, […]

The New Year and Epiphany

Hello and welcome, Like all of you, I’m sure, I was shocked and dismayed by events at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. On Thursday, I issued this statement calling for peace and unity that I would like to share with you: The beginning of the Prayer of St. Francis is familiar to most of us: […]

Reflecting on abortion setbacks here and abroad

The Christmas season is about God becoming a child, so it is even more painful that this Christmas was a time when we saw the abortion cause being advanced in legislatures both in our Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as in Argentina, the Holy Father’s own country. The bishops of Massachusetts have released the following […]