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Celebrating confirmations

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week by sharing with you a statement I issued on Thursday regarding the Holy Father’s motu proprio Vos estis lux mundi: Following the international summit in Rome this past February, Pope Francis pledged “concrete measures” to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Church. Vos […]

Divine Mercy Sunday

Hello and welcome, Last Friday, I celebrated the funeral Mass of Father John Sassani who most recently has been the pastor of Sacred Heart and Our Lady Help of Christian parishes in Newton. He had, of course, also worked for a long time with the Office for Spiritual Development, Cursillo and as a spiritual director. […]

Christ is Risen!

Hello and welcome! It was such a great joy to celebrate the Easter Triduum in our newly renovated cathedral. At all the liturgies, there were great crowds anxious to see the new look of the cathedral. Our celebrations began Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. On Holy Thursday, we have a bilingual […]

The reopening of the cathedral

Hello and welcome! As I do each year for Holy Week, I am posting my blog a bit earlier than usual to leave myself free to participate in the events and liturgies of the Paschal Triduum. I want to begin this week by noting, even as we were celebrating the dedication of our newly renovated […]

Remembering Marshall Sloane

Hello and welcome, Yesterday, the four diocesan bishops of Massachusetts issued a joint statement on the proposal to expand abortion in the Commonwealth. The statement is part of our efforts to raise awareness of the extreme aspects of this attempt to enshrine late-term abortion and other radical provisions into state law. I invite you to […]

An interfaith meeting on the ROE Act

Hello and welcome! We were very pleased this week to learn that the Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. While the news was welcome, it was not a great surprise, as many of us were hoping for him to be named to that post. Archbishop Gregory is an […]

The ADL’s A Nation of Immigrants Community Seder

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, we had our annual Lenten Morning of Prayer and Reflection for employees at the Pastoral Center, which have always been very well received. We want people to feel that, in working in the Church, there is pastoral care available for them. It can be very challenging working for the Church […]

Meeting with priests, seminarians and religious

Hello and welcome! This week was our meeting of the Board of Directors of The Catholic University of America. Being in Washington gave me the chance to celebrate Mass for St. Joseph’s Day with the Missionaries of Charity, who have a formation program there for about 40 sisters. I also visited the new Chapel at […]

Celebrating the Rite of Election

Hello and welcome, To our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand who are suffering from today’s murderous attacks on innocent people of faith and goodwill during their time of prayer, we stand with you in condemning this horrendous assault on human dignity. We lift up our hearts in earnest prayer to God on behalf […]

Ash Wednesday

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week by sharing my Lenten letter, which was issued earlier today. In order to assure our Catholic people that we are doing everything possible to build on the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, in which the accountability of bishops was weak, and […]