Cardinal Seán's Blog

Cardinal Seán shares his reflections & experiences.

Buona sera!

Buona sera! cardinal-sean-2.jpg

Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for all of the encouraging and positive feedback that you have given about my blog. I hope you are enjoying it.

I have enjoyed working on the blog, even though it takes a bit of time. I also think its amusing in a way because I feel like Im on some reality television show on MTVlol.

My hope is that Id be able to share this Rome experience with you, to share with you a sense of what I do when I come to Rome to represent the Archdiocese, and also to share with you the celebration and Masses for Padre Pio and Santa Maria della Vittoria, Bostons Titular Church because so many are not here with us in Rome, its better to offer people an opportunity to experience this vicariously through BCTV and thru a blog and to reach particularly our young Catholics, who wouldnt have the opportunity to experience it any other way.

I just mentioned BCTV – Boston Catholic TelevisionI am pleased that they are coming to Rome next weekend to cover the Mass and ceremony at Santa Maria della Vittoria. I encourage you to tune-in to see BCTVs coverage when they return to Boston, as well as all their daily programs.

In addition to the events, I also wanted to give people of the Archdiocese an opportunity to experience some of Romes beauty through my blogs pictures and descriptions while I was here, especially for those who havent had the chance to come to the Eternal City.

One of the most important reasons why I wanted to have the blog was to utilize the latest technology, and an increasingly utilized communication vehicle, to communicate directly with people of all ages of the Archdiocese, especially to younger people as I mentioned aboveI know among younger generations, especially college and high school youngsters, that blogs are a particularly popular mode for communicating.

When we were at the Padre Pio Shrine, it was remarkable and pleasing to see so many young people who had traveled from all over the world to be with other Catholics at San Giovanni Rotondo.

Its interesting because at a time in Europe when Mass attendance is down, more and more people are visiting the Shrines like Lourdes, Fatima and San Giovanni Rotondo. These Shrines take on a special role for people as they come for spirituality, looking for the opportunity to go to confession, to pray. I think its reaffirming for peoples faith to see so many other fellow Catholics praying together.

I think its encouraging that young people today have an openness to religion. In many of the parishes there are wonderful groups and programs for young people. Especially the parishes that have youth programs like the one in St. Marys in Dedham, where Fr. Matt Williams has a huge group there with the LifeTeen program. They have quite a tradition. Fr. Matt is doing a fantastic job there.

In my meeting with the Presidents of the Catholic Colleges and Universities, all of them say that the young people today at the university have a great interest in their faith and they want to learn more. There is more interest in Eucharistic devotion, in the rosary, in the traditional acts of piety of the Church. In the meetings that I have had at the different campus ministries, Im always encouraged by the numbers and the enthusiasm Boston University has a very big ministryMIT has a lot of students and a very active campus ministry as well.

This is one reason Ive been very anxious to invite more and more young people to come with us in January to Washington for the Pro-Life March. Over the years more and more young people have been participating in that. The night before the march theres a Mass at the National Shrine and an all-night vigil. The next morning at the big center there, they have a youth rally. This year they had to turn youngsters away.they took 20,000. Thats all they had room for. Its a wonderful experience. When I was in Fall River, we were getting almost 500 from the area. Now, weve started putting together a group of young people from the high schools and so forth from Boston to go down. So we are anxious to have the young people experience that because ever 4 years theres a World Youth Day, but its very hard for many to be able to go to Germany for examplethe next one is going to be in Australia.

Participating in the Washington event is very much like going to the World Youth Day. The Holy Father is not there, but these young people will have a chance to experience the faith of the Church and to see the witness of thousands of young people who share their ideals, their love for Christ and their desire to live a faithful life.

I mentioned Fr. Williams and his work with youth programs in Dedham in fact, from that group they took 100 to Germany for World Youth Dayjust from that group at St. Marys.

One of things that weve done is establish a committee with representatives from the Parish Council, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, those who work in Archdiocesan offices and others, to study the situation of adolescents and young adults, to look at their faith formation and to see how we might involve them more deeply and the life of the Church and at their parishes. I had my first meeting with this committee last week and it was very, very helpful. Theyve done a lot of work. We hope in the near future that well be able to take their recommendations to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and the Priest Presbyteral Council.

Today, Fr. Brian and I met with the Rector of Santa Maria della Vittoria to go over logistics and details in preparation for the Mass on Sunday. Its a very small church and its a public Mass, so we dont how to predict the number of people that will be there.

I also met with Cardinal Daro Castrilln Hoyos today. He is Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy. Some of his staff members were present as well. The Congregation for the Clergy handles issues that have to do with priests, with catechetical instruction and with Ecclesiastical property.

I was pleased to hear that the Holy Father met with Muslim representatives today. Open dialogue is one of the most important ways to resolve issues, especially issues relating to religion and to fundamental differences involving people. As you may know, just a few weeks ago on the fifth anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, the religious leaders of the Boston area gathered at the offices of Metropolitan Methodios, who is the head of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. We had, what I believe, was a very productive meeting, as those gathered shared their perspectives, thoughts and ideas in a very frank and open discussion. I am looking forward to continuing our participation in that type of open dialogue among the various religious leaders of the Boston community.

I am going to say Mass at the Vatican residence before I head out to my next meeting, a dinner meeting with one of our own, Msgr. Bob Deeley. Ill share a bit more about Msgr. Deeley and his work here at the Vatican with you tomorrow. I also hope to have Msgr. Deeley contribute a post for my blog this week. I think you might find his perspective as a Boston native working at the Vatican, very interesting.

Ciao.

God Bless,

Cardinal Sen

47 Responses to Buona sera!


Comments

  1. Comment by Ted Martin | 2006/09/25 at 22:23:54

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    My name is Ted Martin. I am a seminarian for the Diocese of Kalamazoo Michigan and although not from your Archdiocese, I have really enjoyed your blog. It is just one more way to spread the love of Christ to the world and particularly to us young people. Thanks again and know of my prayers.

    In XC,
    Ted Martin

  2. Comment by Adam D | 2006/09/25 at 23:06:02

    Thank you for the thoughtful blog, Cardinal Sen! It does indeed provide a nice, vicarious vacation kinda experience. I hope that it has some life beyond this present Rome trip too.

    Adam D
    Beverly, MA

  3. Comment by Craig Gibson | 2006/09/25 at 23:09:01

    Cardinal Sean,

    The blog is awesome! Keep up the good work reaching out to all and drawing us closer to you!

    The Cor Unum event was terrific and we missed you being there in person. Safe travels!

    God bless you,

    Craig and Nancy

  4. Comment by QuaVadis | 2006/09/25 at 23:10:40

    Hi there,

    Rather delighted with your posting and in this very indepth details of the reasoning of the blog and wishing you continual success in this endeavour. Will continue to browse through your blog from time to time and will share it amongst my friends here in Malaysia.

  5. Comment by John Bryan | 2006/09/25 at 23:24:15

    Cardinal Sean

    I first heard you speak at Francisan University in Steubenville soon after you were appointed Archbishop of Boston. You made a big difference in my life as I was beginning to wonder if the spirit of St. Francis still lived in any of our Church hierarchy. You made us all realize that that spirit was indeed alive and well. I thank God that he has given you to his Church.

    Your blog is great! I cannot see our Cardinal (Keeler) ever having a blog. lol While you are in Europe, you should visit the Franciscan University Campus in Gaming, Austria. I know that they would love to see, and hear you.

    I will continue to pray for you as you do God’s work as St. Francis would have you do it.

    God Bless, John

  6. Comment by Steve | 2006/09/25 at 23:36:22

    Cardinal Sean, I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work! God bless.

  7. Comment by Greg Rowles OFM Cao | 2006/09/25 at 23:36:32

    Beaut reading…good pics. Congratulations excellent blog

    Regards from “down under”

  8. Comment by Joe Henry | 2006/09/25 at 23:45:04

    Hello,
    I’m reading the cardinal’s blog from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    Thank you, Cardinal Sean, I’m enjoying your narrative.

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    Comment by t | 2006/09/26 at 00:12:15

    Great Blog

  10. Comment by Michele Desmond | 2006/09/26 at 00:54:06

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    When you first came to Boston, I knew there was something special about you. Your warmth, humor, and the love you have for our archdiocese never fails to move me.

    Thank you for all that you do!

    Michele D.
    Stoneham, MA

  11. Comment by Lisa | 2006/09/26 at 03:32:26

    Your Eminence,

    Thank you so much for creating this blog, and for sharing your thoughts, your journey, and the beautiful photos. I feel like I am able to travel with you in spirit! Thank you most of all for sharing so much of your self – your thoughts and prayers. You are a joy. Boston is so blessed to have you. I had to laugh, when I read that you packed more books than you could possibly read on your trip – I tend to do that too – wishful thinking, I guess! It’s nice to know that our Cardinal is also a “book-a-holic”, LOL Also thank you for sharing your thoughts about St. Padre Pio, and so vividly describing your visit to San Giovanni Rotondo – beautiful! Thank you for your reminder “No matter what your walk of life, what your experience is, your particular vocation, we are all called to holiness.”

  12. Comment by Diane | 2006/09/26 at 05:53:13

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures. I love the photos of Mass at St. Philips and appreciate you sharing (thanks to the photographer too).

    Photos of the Mass are a great way to evangelize and to give cradle Catholics a way to better appreciate the beauty of it.

    It took me a few days to “get it” with the ad orientem posture used at Assumption Grotto in Detroit – my home parish (and subject of my blog – photos included).

    As I shifted in my seat as if to seek the face of the priest, I finally realized that in the Mass I should be seeking the face of God.

    If blogging gets to be too much after your trip, try a few times weekly or even once weekly. Something from our shepherds is better than nothing.

    Deo Gratias!

  13. Comment by friar minor | 2006/09/26 at 06:02:10

    What you write about the young people you encounter is very encouraging; and my impression of my peers here in the states is quite similar. It is certainly one of the “signs of the times” that we are called to read and act upon!

    Thanks again!

  14. Comment by searching for holiness | 2006/09/26 at 07:10:14

    Good job on the blog.

  15. Comment by Xavier Miro Bruix | 2006/09/26 at 08:17:17

    I love your blog. keep us updated in spain. vaya con dios

    xavier

  16. Comment by Debbie P. | 2006/09/26 at 08:33:29

    Dear Cardinal Sean: What a gift it has been to read your blog. I sent it out to our Catholic homeschooling group. It’s a great way for the kids to experience Rome and the Vatican. I just love your LOL’s. Debbie P.

  17. Joe
    Comment by Joe | 2006/09/26 at 08:59:11

    Your Eminence – I’m in the UK and just wanted to say what a pleasure to read your blog. I will be in Rome on Wed 4th Oct, so your words and beautiful pictures have whetted my appetite for my brief return to the heart of Catholicism.

    I was particulalry interested in the references to the Chiesa Nuova – I am very familiar with the Oratory which Cardinal Newman founded in Birmingham and so Newman is a firm favourite of mine. Let us pray that the work being done in your own diocese in relation to the furtherance of his Cause will bear much fruit. Cor ad cor loquitur.

  18. Comment by brother lesser | 2006/09/26 at 10:28:57

    Again, thank you for your wonderful blog, Bishop Sean!

    As far as our youth are concerned, I would have study groups research the Franciscan University of Steubenville and use “Stubie” as a “cookie cutter” to reach out to our youth. Nowhere else have I witnessed the devotion and entheusiasm these young people have for God and His Church! They must be doing something right…

    I will be keeping you in my daily prayers!

  19. Comment by Aimee Milburn | 2006/09/26 at 11:06:39

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    I wish more Bishops would blog! I think you are a real ground breaker, and I hope you will be able to keep it up, not just during this trip to Rome. I started a blog this summer, for the purpose of sharing my thoughts about Catholicism, and have found it a terrific way to share my faith. It’s not called the “World Wide Web” for nothing – it’s connected me with people all over the world.

    It’s also connected me with people interested in Catholicism, and I now have the pleasure of helping people into the RCIA process. It is a wonderful tool for communicating the gospel, and I encourage you to make the most of it. Yours is a true voice of the Apostles, so badly needed in the world today.

    So, keep at it, and God be with you!

  20. Comment by Rupa Dhar | 2006/09/26 at 11:15:26

    Very Respected Cardinal Sean ,

    I am very happy to find your blog site and am reading your blog joyfully . I am a Hindu but I believe in Jesus and respect you . So I wanted to know if you are not writing for me who is not a Catholic .

    Please bless me so that I can grow stronger in my faith and sprituality .

    Sincerely,
    Rupa Dhar.

  21. Comment by + Alan | 2006/09/26 at 11:50:53

    And you knew it would get around to more than just your diocese too. Very cool that you have chosen to blog, to put yourself out there like that. It should be appreciated that a Cardinal would take the time and be aware of such a medium. Good job on getting comments too. You could well have hidden. Welcome to the blogosphere Cardinal Sean. Pax vobiscum.

  22. PHK
    Comment by PHK | 2006/09/26 at 12:02:22

    Your Eminence, We are of course supposed to use the media to evangelise, so it is fab to see you grasp the newest media with both hands, rather than treat it with suspicion and hesitation. It is particularly courageous given all the recent trials on both sides of the Atlantic. Your enthusiasm makes your evangelisation even more effective! I really feel you are giving me a personal tour of Roman churches which I know so well – and some teaching for good measure! Please keep the blog going, and encourage others to give it a try. Best wishes from England. PHK

  23. Comment by | 2006/09/26 at 12:09:58

    Dear Cardinal Sean:
    May God bless you, your work and your blog!
    I live in Lima, Peru and have been reassured when reading about you and your call for all of us to sanctity, to prayer, to charity, to family love, to sacrifice. Ever since the sad events occurred within the US Catholic Church in 2002 I’ve been broken. To learn about your zeal to forgive, mend errors and teach the right way – have been the best news ever! Thanks!

  24. Comment by Peg Miller | 2006/09/26 at 12:11:37

    Thank you for sharing with us all your experiences this trip. I hope the communication continues when you return. I have been enjoying the pictures which have sparked memories of our choir trip to Italy in 1999. It was especially nice to see the Church of St. Philip Neri and be reminded again of the saint’s good sense of humor. We at St. Philip Neri Church in Newton know that it is important to maintain a sense of humor and not to take ourselves too seriously. Being open to new possibilities is difficult but not impossible as long as there are avenues of communication. Communication, like prayer, involves both talking and listening! Let us keep in dialog with each other – this blog is a good vehicle to begin that dialog in earnest.

  25. Comment by Christopher | 2006/09/26 at 12:19:59

    Dear Cardinal Sean — Thank you for this great web site. I am not even Catholic (more an eclectic mix of faiths – ‘many paths – one destination’), but I love to learn new and interesting things about the Catholic Church and the faith of those who serve. I can see, just from a quick browse, that your site or blog is very educational and quite informative. And that is what we need more of in this torn world; more education, more enlightening information – so we may all learn that we are not really so different from one another, just on different paths. Thank you, bless you, and keep up the great work. — Your New Fan, Christopher

  26. Comment by Georg | 2006/09/26 at 12:26:45

    Thanks to You Eminency, that you’ve shared with us your often very personal impressions and experiences You’ve made the last days. I’ve really enjoyed it although I’m Austrian and far away from the States: You ve given me also a little bit an impression of the amercan way of catholic life. And last but not least I was very happy to see the pictures of the Holy Mass you celebrated in Chiesa Nuova on the altar of San filippo Neri, for in our parish wich belongs to the oratorians of saint philip too there’s the same altar and the same picture of this great apostel of Rome….

    yours
    Georg

  27. Comment by Padraig | 2006/09/26 at 13:25:58

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    You’re blog is a big hit here at MIT! Fr. Clancy mentioned it at Mass today so you can expect lots of extra hits. Keep up the great work.

    Many many thanks,
    Padraig

  28. Comment by Jane Deger | 2006/09/26 at 13:34:19

    Thank you for sharing. Please keep the blog going.

    I love LifeTeen because it always starts with the Eucharist and keeps Jesus at the center of our activities. (I am an adult volunteer in Rockland, MA)
    Peace of Christ,
    Jane

  29. Comment by Essy Dias | 2006/09/26 at 14:18:17

    Thank you so much for starting this blog. We are trully blessed to have you.

    May the Lord guide and protect you.

    Essy (St. Joseph’s Parish in Wakefield)

  30. Comment by Jerry O | 2006/09/26 at 15:26:09

    Keep us in your prayers! Watch the Pasta!

  31. Comment by Mary Ann | 2006/09/26 at 15:29:50

    Cardinal, we are praying and waiting for your appearence on Going My Way! I would love to see you give Fr. Chris a run for his money!

  32. Comment by John Cronin | 2006/09/26 at 16:55:27

    Thank you Your Eminence. Your blog is well written and quite informative. My prayers are with you and all priests these days. I am blessed and happy that I am a Roman Catholic and enjoy the gift of the Eucharist every day. Thank you again.

  33. Comment by Dr Ronald Rainey | 2006/09/26 at 16:56:36

    Your Eminence, thanks for the blog and its details about your trip to Rome; good luck on Sunday as you take possession of your titular church S Maria della Vittoria; I was in Rome in March for the consistory at which you received your red hat from Pope Benedict XVI and it was a moving experience to witness a bit of history in Piazza San Pietro; I shall be with you on Sunday, in spirit at least, and I wish you well; your episcopate in Boston ushers in a new era, one of spiritual renewal after some sad times with terrible consequences for so many; we look forward to the future; Ad multos annos! Ron Rainey

  34. Comment by Ferde Rombola | 2006/09/26 at 17:07:31

    Dear Cardinal Sean, thanks for this blog and your comments. My wife Heidi and I were in Rome in June and we had a good time looking at your pics and exclaiming, “We were there!”

    We visited Santa Maria della Vittoria (the Bernini is almost bigger than the church) where we offered a prayer for you and for our Archdiocese. May God continue to bless you. You’re doing a great job!

  35. Comment by FJM Madden | 2006/09/26 at 17:07:49

    Greatly enjoying your Blog, especially the pictures of Rome which bring back great memories of my family’s trip to Rome in January 2006.

  36. Comment by Br Jack Rathschmidt | 2006/09/26 at 17:09:32

    Cardinal Sean,

    What a great idea. Hope you can keep this up when you return to the States. The photos are great, but even better is the chance for so many to meet you “in your words”, through “your own eyes.”

    Congratulations. You have started something important.

  37. Comment by Bridgette | 2006/09/26 at 17:17:30

    I am thoroughly enjoying your blog, and I am excited each time there is an update. I am a sixteen year old homeschooled student. Just today, I referred my friends to your blog because they will be doing a book report on St. Padre Pio. It’s fun to see Rome through your eyes, and it’s great to hear from our shepherd. I hope you continue blogging after your return to Boston!

  38. Comment by | 2006/09/26 at 17:21:49

    Dear Cardinal Sen,
    I am a Swiss priest living on Majorca (Spain) and a fervent admirer since you became archbishop of Boston and even more after your elevation to the cardinalate. The way you exercise your ministry impresses me deeply and I am following all the news on your work I can catch. Also known to me though not personnel is Fr. Mauro Jri, an other Swiss citizen, who has become Minister General of the Capuchins some weeks ago. It edifies me in seeing Francis of Assisi alive who gave the church and the mankind the wonderful, unbowed hope we need especially this very days and even more in the future.
    May you be able with Gods help to continue your humble and unaffected Franciscan style of life and work as a paradigm for us all.
    Yours in Christ,
    Fr. Nicols

  39. Comment by Eileen | 2006/09/26 at 19:16:57

    What a wonderful way to share the beauty of Rome and the various services. Hopefully you will continue the blog when you get home..it would be way to continue preaching the message of Christ.

    My prayers and best wishes!

  40. Comment by Wm Riley | 2006/09/26 at 19:36:27

    Dear Cardinal,

    Greetings from Indianapolis. Thank you for starting your blog. As I scrolled through the postings above, it became quite clear to me that you are reaching far beyond Boston. If you see the Holy Father, please tell him he is loved. God bless you.

    Will Riley

  41. Comment by Fran Novotny | 2006/09/26 at 20:04:07

    Thoroughly enjoying your blog. Your photographer is doing a great job. I was in Rome for the pallium ceremony for our good friend, Abp Charles, and once later. Unbelievable city. Do keep this up–your talent for descriptive writing must have earned you A’s in college. From a ranch in the middle of South Dakota–God Bless You, Fran Novotny

  42. Comment by John Bowden | 2006/09/26 at 20:23:10

    This is spectacular your Emminence! Word is spreading quickly that you have a blog up — the Catholic blogosphere is excited.

    Welcome to the Catholic blogging community! May God bless you and your ministry.
    +JMJ+
    John

  43. Comment by Tony | 2006/09/26 at 20:41:37

    Have come across your blog on a news item in NZ while bored at work!! It is very good and full of interesting information. Not sure we could get our Archdishop or Cardinal to do the same though.

    God bless and continue to work hard for the youth of our world

  44. Comment by Pat & Tom | 2006/09/27 at 01:19:35

    Greetings from Fall River – Heard about your blog from an e-mail from Bettina and finally got to read of your adventures these last few days. The photos are awesome, and your comments both informative and inspiring! You’ve begun something very important with this blog and I pray you will find the time in your schedule to keep it up when you return to Boston – even if its only once a week. Tom loved your father’s comment about haircuts and confessions! May the remainder of your “pilgrimage” continue to be a blessing to you – and now to us!

  45. Comment by Rev. Matthew Lee | 2006/09/27 at 10:37:26

    Thank you, Your Eminence, for such an interesting blog. I have brought it to the attention of the Catholic Midshipmen here at the Naval Academy. It will keep them updated and interested in your minitsry to the Church Universal.

    Fraternally yours,
    Reverend Matthew Lee
    Lieutenant Commander, Chaplain Corps
    United States Navy

  46. Comment by Katie | 2006/09/27 at 19:01:04

    Cardinal Sean, I have greatly enjoyed your narrative and beautiful pictures. I hope you find time for rest amidst your duties! I will be letting our youth group at St. Mary of the Hills in Milton know about your blog.

    Please say hi to Monsignor Deeley from the Connell Family

  47. Comment by E.A.R. | 2006/09/28 at 12:56:04

    Dear Cardinal Sean O’Malley,

    I read about your website last Saturday in the New York times and saved the article.

    I will follow this blog with great interest and I will be praying along with everyone on Sunday!

    With very best wishes for a blessed trip,

    El


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