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The Magnificat Day of Thanksgiving

Hello and welcome! Last Friday, we had our meeting of the Board of Trustees of Pope St. John the XXIII National Seminary in Weston. We were very pleased to get the reports from the various committees that work so hard there and we were happy to congratulate them on the very successful Lawn Party which […]

Ordaining eight new permanent deacons

Hello and welcome! This past Saturday, I had the joy of ordaining eight men as permanent deacons for the archdiocese of Boston. Now, with our permanent diaconate program functioning the way it is, we have an ordination every year, which is a great blessing for us. Because the cathedral is still under construction, the ordination […]

The V National Encuentro

Hello and welcome! This week I was very pleased to take part in the V National Encuentro, which was held in Grapevine, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This, as I have mentioned, was a national gathering of Hispanic leaders from around the United States to discuss their vision and hopes for the future of […]

A week of special events

Hello and welcome! This week has been an occasion to celebrate many important anniversaries in our local Catholic community. The first of these was on Friday, when I went to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester for a Mass to commemorate their 175th anniversary. The College of the Holy Cross was founded by […]

Meetings in Rome

Hello and welcome, We are monitoring the terrible news out of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, where a series of gas explosions killed a young man, injured at least two dozen other people, and ignited 60-80 fires in those three communities north of Boston on Thursday. This has forced entire neighborhoods to evacuate as crews […]

Caring for survivors of clergy sexual abuse

Hello and welcome! This week I am in transit to Rome in anticipation of the next meeting of the C9 Council of Cardinals.  So, I have asked Vivian Soper to share some reflections with you about the work of our Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection, which does so much to help survivors of […]

Celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit

Hello and welcome! Sunday I visited Marian Manor in South Boston, where I celebrated the community Mass for the residents. We have a large group of retired priests who are residents there. I was very happy that many of them were able to concelebrate the Mass with me, and afterward we had a nice visit. […]

Visiting our new Pregnancy Help center in Brockton

Hello and welcome, We’re praying for the success of the Holy Father’s pastoral visit to Ireland for the World Conference on the Family which is taking place this week. The Irish government has already announced what a big event this is for their country. The numbers are unprecedented. We pray that the Holy Father’s presence […]

There is no time to waste

Hello and welcome, I want to begin this week sharing with you a statement that I issued Thursday that have asked to be read at all Masses held within the Archdiocese of Boston this weekend: There are times when words fail us — when they do not capture the depth of overwhelming situations we sometimes […]

Attending the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus

As I begin this week’s posting I wish to share with you a statement I issued earlier today concerning St. John’s Seminary. In the midst of present challenges please know of my appreciation for your prayers for any person who has been harmed by actions or failures to act on the part of the Church, […]