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The Encuentro Juvenil

Hello and welcome! Saturday, I celebrated the wedding Mass of Manuel and Ester Reyes at Our Lady the Assumption Parish in East Boston. Ester is the daughter of Antonio and Reyes Enrique. It was a very beautiful wedding. Because Ester’s family is from Spain, we used the Iberian Mozarabic ritual, which reminded me very much […]

Advent in Rome

Hello and welcome! This week, I have been in Rome for meetings of the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father on the reform of the Roman Curia. I arrived in Rome on Saturday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a holiday in Italy and has many traditions […]

Beginning Advent

Hello and welcome! Friday, I went to the IBEW Hall in Dorchester for the Labor Guild’s annual Cushing-Gavin Awards Dinner.We are very proud of the work that has been done by the Labor Guild, which is one of the very important initiatives begun by Cardinal Cushing. Historically, the Church in the United States, since the […]

Presenting our Cheverus Awards

Hello and welcome! Saturday I went to our Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Brookline to celebrate the Rite of Candidacy of two seminarians. We celebrated the Vigil Mass of Christ the King at which Eric Gonzalez and Fernando Vivas were admitted to candidacy. At the conclusion of the Mass, we carried the Blessed Sacrament to the […]

Our Social Justice Convocation

Hello and welcome! In the United States, one of the most beautiful national celebrations that we observe is Thanksgiving. This beloved holiday recalls the early pilgrims who arrived in New England and, after surviving the ravages of winter with the help of the local indigenous population, had a great celebration to give thanks to God […]

The USCCB Fall General Assembly

Hello and welcome! Friday we had the 10th anniversary of the Yawkey Foundation Teacher Awards, which recognizes exemplary educators at Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy in Dorchester. It was wonderful to realize how so many of the teachers have dedicated much of their careers to teaching at Catholic schools. For some, it is truly […]

Investiture Mass for the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

Hello and welcome, It is with great sadness that we learned that there was another tragic mass shooting of innocent people this week, this time in Thousand Oaks, California. While the motives of this particular gunman remain unclear, it is very unsettling that, as a society, we are unable to deal with the circumstances that […]

Celebrating the Red Mass

Hello and welcome, This week, the whole country was shocked and grieved by the violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, a congregation that had reached out to immigrants and was targeted by an anti-Semitic gunman. There, 11 people were murdered and six others were wounded. I think the reaction throughout the nation […]

World Mission Sunday

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, I went to Malden Catholic High School to celebrate their Mass of the Holy Spirit to open the academic year. Of course, the school comes under the sponsorship of the Xaverian Brothers who have played such an important role in education in our archdiocese. Malden Catholic has started a girls’ […]

A week of celebrations

Hello and welcome! This past weekend, I was in Rome to be present as the Holy Father canonized a number of new saints, perhaps the most notable of whom were Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero. This was a very special canonization for me because Pope Paul was the first pope I ever met […]