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Reflecting on the summit

Hello and welcome, As I concluded last week, we were in the midst of the Vatican’s Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church. This week, I would like to share my experiences of the remainder of the conference as well as offer some thoughts on the gathering as a whole. As I mentioned […]

Beginning the child protection summit

Hello and welcome, This past week I have been in Rome for the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church. The Holy Father has called this meeting of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences from around the world, along with patriarchs of the various Eastern Rite Churches and a number of religious superiors […]

The CSF Celebration of Excellence Breakfast

Hello and welcome! Friday morning, I went to the offices of PwC in the seaport to attend the annual Celebration of Excellence Breakfast sponsored by the Catholic Schools Foundation. We are very grateful to Mr. John Farina for hosting us in that spectacular venue. The gathering brought together Catholic Schools Foundation supporters and seniors from […]

Blessing parish renovations in Carver

Hello and welcome, The winter months are often a time of year when many people are called home to God, and in recent days we have lost three fine priests of the Archdiocese of Boston — Father Paul Bailey and Father Vincent Maffei and Bishop Walter Edyvean. Father Maffei Father Maffei served for several years […]

With the Holy Father in Panama

Hello and welcome! As I left off last week, the Holy Father was just arriving in Panama to attend World Youth Day. Of course, there were a number of events connected to his welcoming and arrival and the Holy Father’s talks, particularly on Friday, were very beautiful. There were about 30 American bishops with us […]

World Youth Day in Panama

Hello and welcome! Following the March for Life in Washington, D.C. last week, I departed for Panama where the Holy Father is meeting with young people from around the globe for World Youth Day. The first time that I was in Panama was back in the 1970s, when I was a young priest. Returning now, […]

Marching for Life

Hello and welcome! Last Thursday I was invited to be part of the Flatley Scholars dinner at the Harvard Club in Boston. There, they brought together three of the Flatley Scholars and their families who are studying at the Catholic University of America. Since I am on the board of Catholic University, they asked me […]

On retreat with the U.S. bishops

Hello and welcome, As many of you may know, for much of this past week I was on retreat with the bishops of the United States at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. There were about 250 bishops in attendance with us, which is about the number that would normally attend our plenary session […]

Welcoming the New Year

Hello and Happy New Year! Here in Boston, we have the beautiful custom of ending the old year and beginning the New Year in church. So, on New Year’s Eve, I went to St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine for the archdiocese’s annual New Year’s Eve Vigil and Mass for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of […]

Christmas Celebrations

Hello and welcome! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas! Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, I went to Holy Family Parish in Dorchester to celebrate the Spanish Mass with the community there. One of the things I talked about in my homily was Las Posadas, the wonderful Spanish Advent tradition in which a […]