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Meetings of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Hello and welcome! As I mentioned in my previous post, I was in Rome this past week for activities related to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. This was the first meeting of the commission with its current makeup.  Half of the members have continued from the previous commission, and the other half […]

Anniversaries in Arlington and Quincy

Hello and welcome! Last Thursday evening, I attended the Diamonds of Dorchester Gala to benefit the St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children. This year, instead of honoring an individual, they honored all those who have been served by the Center.  This was a wonderful idea because it gave them an opportunity to showcase the […]

Ordaining 9 new permanent deacons

Hello and welcome! Last Saturday, we had the joy of ordaining nine new permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Boston at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. There were many representatives from the diaconate community, priests, pastors and parishioners there to support the candidates.  The cathedral was filled. Among this year’s class were a Vietnamese […]

Catholic Charities new Lynn food pantry

Hello and welcome! This week I participated in two events as part of Faith and Blue Weekend 2022.  Faith and Blue is a national initiative that seeks to build ties between law enforcement, faith leaders and the community. Various community-building events were held in different areas of the city throughout the weekend, and Friday, there […]

Celebrating Mission Church’s Sesquicentennial

Hello and welcome! I was very pleased that Mother Olga and the Men of Divine Mercy prayer group were able to hold their annual event once again this year. Friday night, we celebrated the Mass 4 Life at Sacred Heart Church in Quincy. In my homily, I spoke about the importance of changing not only […]

Celebrating at the Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo

Hello and welcome! As I mentioned in my previous post, last Friday I celebrated a Mass at the shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo on the feast day of Padre Pio to mark the 20th anniversary of his canonization. We made the 4-hour drive from Rome Thursday night and arrived in time for dinner. After dinner, […]

Celebrating Mass with the Catholic schools of Lynn

Hello and welcome! Friday, I celebrated a Mass for the beginning of the school year at St. Mary’s for the three Catholic schools of Lynn— St. Mary’s, Sacred Heart, and St. Pius V.   Our superintendent of schools, Tom Carroll, was there along with many people associated with the schools including St. Mary’s board chair Bill […]

Giving thanks for our priests

Hello and welcome! I would like to begin this week sharing with you a statement I issued earlier today on the situation of the immigrants and refugees who unexpectedly arrived on Martha’s Vineyard: Immigration policies and practices stand as an abiding moral, legal and political challenge to our Commonwealth and our country. We have delayed […]

A vocation-themed week

Hello and welcome! Early September is the time when we celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at our three seminaries to begin the academic year.  The first of those was Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary on Friday. At Pope St. John Seminary, the community Mass on Friday is always in Spanish.  This is […]

Attending the consistory

Hello and welcome! I was in Rome this past week for the consistory at which the Holy Father created 20 new cardinals, including Cardinal Robert McElroy of San Diego. It is the custom for the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See to hold a reception when there is a new American cardinal, which was held […]