Pentecost in Assisi
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by Cardinal Seán
2d ago
Hello and welcome! As I mentioned in my last post, I spent several days last week in Rome and Assisi.  I was visiting Assisi because the bishop there, Bishop Domenico Sorrentino, has been inviting me for some time to participate in their local social justice conference and to celebrate a Pentecost Mass at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, which is a Capuchin parish and the place where Blessed Carlo Acutis is buried. I arrived in Rome on Thursday afternoon and met with the new officials of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors: Secretary Bishop Luis Manuel Ali Herrera an ..read more
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Celebrating with our Asian Catholic communities
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by Cardinal Seán
1w ago
Hello and welcome! Last Friday evening, we concluded a week of prayer vigils for Haiti in different communities across the archdiocese with a special Mass celebrated at The Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Several hundred people were in attendance, and about ten priests from the Haitian community joined us.  It was very moving to see many people bring Haitian flags to the Mass.   For my homily, I chose the theme “Being with Mary at the foot of the cross,” and the Gospel reading was from John 19, where Christ tells the Apostle, “Behold thy mother.” I think everyone is aware of how dire ..read more
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Attending the Redemptoris Mater Seminary Gala Dinner
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by Cardinal Seán
3w ago
Hello and welcome! Last Friday, I visited New Horizons Assisted Living in Marlborough. The site was originally a home for troubled girls run by the Good Shepherd Sisters.  However, several years ago, it was converted into a long-term care facility, and many of our religious orders are sending their retired sisters there, particularly the Sisters of St. Anne, who are there in large numbers.  They are very happy to have community amongst themselves, share their charisms and spirituality with each other, and be present to the other residents. With all the sisters who represent the women ..read more
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A surprise birthday gift
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by Cardinal Seán
1M ago
Hello and welcome! Last week, I spoke about my trip to Spain to receive an honorary degree from the Pontifical University of Salamanca.  Well, the actual ceremony was last Friday. Everyone at the university was very welcoming and gracious.  The Grand Chancellor is Bishop of Salamanca José Luis Retana Gozalo and now there is a priest as the Rector Magnifico, Father Santiago García-Jalón de la Lama. The conferral ceremony is very ancient, so everything was in Latin, as was typical of medieval universities.  There were many heads of other universities there, along with a number ..read more
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On physician-assisted suicide
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by Cardinal Seán
1M ago
Hello and welcome! I want to begin this week by sharing with you an opinion piece I authored that appeared in The Boston Globe on Monday.  It addresses physician-assisted suicide, a very important moral issue, which is not a Catholic issue but a matter of the sacredness of life and defense of the weak. It has been said that at the heart of the physician-assisted suicide debate is the moral-medical distinction between curing and caring for patients.  The United States has an unmatched capacity for curing illness.  But even here, there comes a moment when caring is the imperative ..read more
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Celebrating College Confirmations
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by Cardinal Seán
1M ago
Hello and welcome! Last Friday, I was pleased to attend a luncheon at the Harvard Club celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ray Flynn’s election as Mayor of Boston. Among those there to honor Ray Flynn was John Kerry I was invited to give a blessing and make some remarks.   When I became Bishop of Fall River 31 years ago, Ray Flynn was already in office.  I had met him a number of times, and at one point, he wrote a fanciful novel in which the Irish Bishop of Fall River was elected pope.  I accused him of writing science fiction!  I told him that, in revenge, I was goin ..read more
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The holiest days of the year
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by Cardinal Seán
1M ago
Hello and welcome! On Holy Thursday, I was visited by Jennifer Hooper, the incoming head of the Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.  She will begin her new role on July 1, as Mother Rogers completes her term after 35 years leading the school. With Jennifer Hooper and school Board Chair Maura Murphy Jennifer studied at the University of San Diego and has spent her whole career in various aspects of Catholic education.  Most recently, she served as President of Nativity Prep in San Diego.  She is very happy to be able to begin this responsibility at Newton Country Day ..read more
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Beginning Holy Week at the cathedral
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by Cardinal Seán
2M ago
Hello and welcome! As I do each year for Holy Week, I am posting my blog a day earlier than usual so as to be able to better prepare for and observe the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum. Saturday, I was visited by a group of parishioners from St. Leonard’s in the North End, who came accompanied by their pastor, Father Michael Della Penna. They wanted to talk to me about proposed changes in their prayer garden. It was very good to see them, and they very graciously brought a lot of pastries from Modern Pastry in the North End. Also that day, I went to St. Mary’s in Brookline for the celebratio ..read more
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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day
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by Cardinal Seán
2M ago
Hello and welcome! Last Thursday afternoon, I went to Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Methuen for a celebration of the school’s 20th anniversary. Notre Dame Cristo Rey, along with Cristo Rey Boston, is one of two Cristo Rey model high schools we have in the archdiocese.  Under this model, students go to school four days a week and work at a local business one day a week.  This not only gives them experience in the professional world, but their wages offset the cost of their education. I was there at their founding, and when the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur started this school ..read more
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Attending a safeguarding conference in Panama City
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by Cardinal Seán
2M ago
Hello and welcome! Last Saturday, while I was still in Rome, I had dinner with Cardinal Adalberto Martínez and Cardinal Lazzaro You Heung-sik. Cardinal Lazzaro studied at St. John’s Seminary and is the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy.  Of course, Cardinal Adalberto was one of my priests in the Virgin Islands and is now the Archbishop of Asunción in Paraguay. As I mentioned last week, it was a great joy to be able to present some of our seminarians who were in Rome for spring break to the Holy Father before the audience with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors ..read more
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