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New Transitional Deacons

I begin this week with wonderful news.

On Thursday, we announced that the Catholic Appeal raised $15.1 million for the 2008 campaign. Contributions to the Catholic Appeal serve as the primary source of financial support for the Archdiocese’s Central Operating Fund and its many central ministries.

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Services provided by the Archdiocese from the Central Operating Fund include training and faith formation for both clergy and laity, curriculum development for the religious education of children and young adults, various training, operational and financial services to parishes, schools and agencies, and ministry to over 30 culturally and ethnically unique Catholic populations throughout the Archdiocese.

The success of this year’s Appeal demonstrates the generosity, faith and commitment of the people of this Archdiocese to sustain our ministries during these challenging economic times. I am inspired by our Catholic community’s long-standing history of selfless sharing, coming together to care for each other and those around them.

To all who have given of themselves so generously — thank you. Your support is essential to all we do as a faith community throughout the 144 cities and towns of our Archdiocese.

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Last Saturday, we had a very joyful celebration at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for the diocese’s ordination of five transitional deacons: Deacons Frank Camp and David Gunter from Blessed John XXIII Seminary; Deacons Sean Maher and Huy Nguyên from St. John’s Seminary, and Deacon Israel Rodriguez from Redemptoris Mater Missionary House of Formation. Their classmate, Deacon Shawn Carey, who studied at St. Patrick’s program for deaf seminarians in Menlo Park, Calif., was there for the celebration and will be ordained to the priesthood with them in the spring.

 Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Deacon Frank Camp

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Deacon David Gunter

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Deacon Huy Nguyên

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Deacon Sean Maher

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Deacon Israel Rodriguez

 

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

 

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

 

It was very nice to see the cathedral filled with their friends and families.

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

 

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

 

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

 

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

 

It was our first ordination of a candidate from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary and Father Tony Medeiros was very pleased to join the rectors of St. John’s and Blessed John, Father Kennedy and Father Uglietto, in the celebration.

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Fathers Kennedy, Uglietto and Medeiros

As we prepare for our vocation retreats this weekend and celebrate the ordination of deacons, I ask all the Catholics of the archdiocese to continue praying and working for vocations. I invite them to consider if God is calling them to this special ministry in the Church.

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

Frank D. Camp, David W. Gunter from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Seán Micheál Maher and Huy Hoang Nguyên from St. John Seminary and Israel Jose Rodriguez of the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary House of Formation are ordained as transitional deacons by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley Jan. 31, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.<br /> Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy<br />

 

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This week, I was very happy to be invited to Magdalene College in Warner, New Hampshire, to celebrate their 35th anniversary and the launch of their efforts to gain accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The small, Catholic, liberal arts college is dedicated to giving young people an excellent Catholic formation and academic preparation for their professional lives.

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With Jeff Karls, Magdalen College’s President

Fathers Paul and John Sullivan, both priests in the archdiocese of Boston and graduates of Magdalene College, accompanied me to the Mass, along with Bishop John McCormack who is the local ordinary in Manchester.

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Fathers Paul and John Sullivan

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We were very impressed by the beauty of the liturgy, the devotion of the students and the magnificent choral arrangements that they had for the Mass and the banquet afterwards. Virtually every student at the College participates in the music program and it was very, very inspiring.

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On Sunday, two of our priests celebrated the 50th anniversary of their ordination.

I spoke at the beginning of Father Larry Borges’ Mass at St. Albert the Great in Weymouth, and at the end of Msgr. Francis Strahan’s Mass at St. Bridget’s in Framingham.

Father Borges had been a good friend of mine since the early 70’s when we were both involved in Hispanic ministry and participated in various commissions together. We have always maintained contact, so he was one of the Boston priests involved in Hispanic ministry, along with Father Wendell Verrill, who I knew best.

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I was very grateful for the wonderful job Father Borges did at St. Stephen’s in Framingham and for his generosity in becoming the pastor at St. Albert the Great, where there had been great tensions over the reconfiguration. I know his pastoral wisdom and unfailing kindness to all brought great healing to that community.

Now that he is retiring, he will continue his pastoral ministry as parochial vicar at St. Gregory’s in Dorchester. I am very grateful for his willingness to continue his ministry and grateful that God has blessed him with the good health to be able to continue serving God’s people in the way that he has.

I also had the opportunity to speak at Msgr. Strahan’s Mass at St. Bridget’s in Framingham and thank him in the name of the archdiocese.

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He is a renaissance man who has so many different talents and such great energy.

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At the Mass, he received three citations — two from the state legislature and one from the town. I told them it is a good thing that he wasn’t running for office because he would certainly be elected!

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At the end of his Mass, he gave a very moving talk about his ministry. He spoke about the influence his parents and his Catholic family had on his formation, his many years at the seminary, his involvement with music ministry and his tenure at St. Bridget’s, which has been so life-giving for him.

The response of his parishioners to him is so enthusiastic because he has done such an outstanding job at St. Bridget’s.

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I spent much of the remainder of my week at a conference in Dallas organized by the National Catholic Bioethics Center and funded by the Knights of Columbus. Every two years, the center invites the bishops of Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America to attend various seminars and workshops. This year, there were about 150 bishops in total.

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The conference is one of the few opportunities that we can all come together and interact with the bishops of our neighboring countries. This year, I was very happy to be with one of my classmates, Bishop Pablo Schmitz, who is the Apostolic Vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of Bluefields, Nicaragua. He brought me a lovely gift — a statue of the Good Shepherd.

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He and his auxiliary Bishop David Zywiec Sidor, who was also with him, are part of a long tradition of Catholics and missionaries working in one of the poorest and most war-torn dioceses in the Northern Hemisphere. He has been there for many decades and is doing a great job.

Also, at the conference were the bishops from the Caribbean who were part of the part of the Antilles bishops’ conference with me.  Among them were Archbishop Donald Reece, Archbishop Larry Burke, Bishop Charles Dufour, Archbishop Kelvin Felix and many other bishops from that part of the world who were my colleagues when I was bishop in the West Indies. It was like a great reunion to be with these brother bishops again.

The workshop had as its topic “Christ or Caesar? When compliance violates conscience.” One of the great challenges that we face in the United States is the erosion of religious freedom. At a time when more and more forces are trying to force the Church to become involved in abortion, contraception, embryonic stem-cell research, gay marriage, and other issues that infringe upon religious freedom in many different ways, I felt that it was a very timely topic and one that Catholics are going to have to struggle with in the future if we are to maintain our integrity as a religion and be able to practice our faith and have a voice in the public square.

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I was saddened by the news of a fire at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral. Like our own Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, it was built by Patrick Keeley.

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We are glad that no one was injured but I am very saddened to see the damage to the historical cathedral and hope that they will be able to fully restore it. 

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I welcome the news that The Holy Father has gone live on YouTube with his videos and news from the Vatican. I think it is important for us to be present in these different means of communication that reach many people, particularly our young Catholics.

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I applaud our Holy Father’s efforts to reach out to new generations of Catholics and to use every means available of communicating with them.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

18 Responses to New Transitional Deacons


Comments

  1. Comment by Jake | 2009/02/08 at 11:37:07

    Cardinal Sean, 15.1 million dollars is alot of money! It is going to a great cause of financial support for the Archdiocese. That is a horrible thing that the Chicago Cathedral had a fire. That is a good thing that they will be able to repair it. Hope you visit our school soon!

    Jake
    Grade 7
    St.Paul School Hingham

  2. Comment by Kate K | 2009/02/08 at 19:01:13

    Hi Cardinal Sean,

    I’ve heard of the Catholic Appeal! It’s great that it was such a success.

    I was so sad when I saw that Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral was damaged in the fire, but thanks be to God that no one was harmed. Also, I was very surprised to see that The Holy Father has a Youtube page! I will be sure to check it out sometime.
    Thank you very much for another excellent post, and God Bless!

    -Kate
    7th Grade
    St. Paul School
    Higham, MA

  3. Comment by Nikki | 2009/02/08 at 19:15:01

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    I am happy to hear that the Catholic Appeal was a success. I am very sorry about the fire at Holy Cross. It’s a shame to see a beautiful and historical church like that just burn! I am looking forward to next week’s blog.

    ~Nikki
    St Paul School
    Hingham MA

  4. Comment by Gabrielle | 2009/02/08 at 19:33:58

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    I am very sorry to hear about Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral. I think that it is wonderful that the Holy Father has gone live on YouTube. It is great that the Catholic Appeal raised $15.1 million for the 2008 campaign.

    I hope that you get to visit our school sometime!

    Gabrielle
    Grade 7
    St. Paul School
    Hingham MA

  5. Comment by Mariah | 2009/02/08 at 20:49:42

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    What an accomplishment the Catholic Appeal made in raising 15.1 million dollars for the Archdiocese’s Central Operating Fund. It is great that people are still reaching out to others in this time of hardship.

    Thank you for this weeks blog!
    Sincerely, Mariah Ward
    7th grade student at St. Paul School

    p.s. We hope to see you at our school soon!

  6. Comment by Caroline | 2009/02/08 at 21:32:46

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    I am very happy that the Catholic Appeal raised 15.1 million dollars for the 2008 campain. I bet everybody there is very happy too. Hope to see you soon!

    Caroline
    St Paul School
    Hingham MA

  7. Comment by Matt G. | 2009/02/09 at 10:43:59

    Cardinal Sean,

    I had the honor of being at the ordination of the deacons last weekend. One of the Capuchins in Boston, Brother Tim Aller, is a classmate of some of the newly ordained deacons and he brought me along with him while I was staying at San Lorenzo Friary for that weekend. It was indeed wonderful and it was my first time at the cathedral.

    Pax et bonum.

  8. Comment by Elizabeth | 2009/02/09 at 15:53:23

    Cardinal Sean,

    Great blog this week Cardinal Sean! My favorite part of your blog this week was seeing those men being ordained. It is great to see how many people more and more want to follow Jesus! It was sad to see the picture of that catherdral! I am also glad no one was hurt and I hope that the catherdral will be able to be restored. Thank you again for the blog this week Cardinal Sean!

    Elizabeth

  9. Comment by Mikayla | 2009/02/09 at 17:40:45

    Hello Cardinal Sean,
    Your blog was another great one this week! Tell your now fellow priests,Deacons Frank Camp, David Gunter, Deacons Sean Maher, Huy Nguyên and Deacon Israel Rodriguez that I said congradulations. I look forward to your blog next week and I hope you can visit us sometime soon at our school, St. Paul School in Hingham, MA.
    Until Next Week,
    Mikayla McGrath
    St. Paul School
    Hingham, MA

  10. Comment by Celene | 2009/02/09 at 20:00:21

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    I am sorry to hear about the fire at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral. I hope that it will be in its former condition soon.

    I am glad to hear the Pope Benedict XVI has gotten a YouTube account. In our religion class at St. Paul School in Hingham, Massachusetts, we learned about how our media should promote truth, freedom, and justice, and by publishing videos onto Youtube, as well as keeping up-to-date with technology, we can spread the Catholic message.

    Sincerely,
    Celene, a 7th Grade Student at St. Paul School

  11. Comment by Lindsey | 2009/02/10 at 19:02:59

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    Congradulations to the Catholic Apeal! 1.5 million dolares! That’s amazing! The other day Bishop Dooher came to our school and while he was telling us about how he became a bishop he spoke very highly of you! I would like to hear the story of how you became a Cardinal, would you please stop by our school?

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey Meallo,
    7th Grade at St. Paul School

  12. Comment by Mackenzie | 2009/02/11 at 17:22:31

    Your blog this week was very fun to read. I thought the way the deacons were ordianed was very interesting. I enjoyed looking at all of the pictures and can’t wait to read more from you.

    Sincerely, Mackenzie Voke

  13. Comment by Deirdre | 2009/02/11 at 17:29:02

    Hi Cardinal Sean!
    This week’s blog was fantastic. It was very interesting to see all the different priests, deacons, and bishops. I’m so sorry to hear about the fire at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral.

    ~Deirdre

  14. Comment by Jenna | 2009/02/11 at 19:16:29

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    I think it is good that The Holy Father is going live on Youtube with his news and videos from the Vatican. Its a great way to reach out to young Catholics by using the internet to communicate with them. The internet is not only a great way to share new but to also spread God’s message. I think that using the internet is a fantastic idea to spread the word.

    Sincerely,
    Jenna

    7th grade student at St. Paul School in Hingham

  15. Comment by Deanna | 2009/02/14 at 14:17:25

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    Congratulations on the 2008 campaign. I can’t believe the campaign raised 15.1 million dollars! It must have been exciting to see your old classmate, Bishop Pablo Schmitz. Hope all is well in your life.
    I can’t wait for the next blog!

    From,
    Deanna

  16. Comment by ShannonW. | 2009/02/14 at 15:18:47

    Dear Cardinal Sean,

    I thought this weeks blog was great! I am sorry to hear about the fire at Chicago’s Holy name Cathedral. I liked all the interesting pictures, and I can’t wait for the next blog.

    From,
    Shannon W.

    7th grade student at St. Pauls School

  17. Comment by shannon m | 2009/02/23 at 19:50:42

    dear cardinal sean,
    i really enjoyed this weeks blog. i thought it was fascinating and i loved the pictures of the liturgy.i really appreciate your blogs. i cant wait to see you!
    from, shannon m

  18. Comment by Chris Snyder | 2009/03/01 at 21:10:52

    Dear Cardinal Sean,
    It was good to see you acknowledging the 50th anniversary of these two priests. I’d also like to wish Fr. Larry (Laurier) Martineau a happy 50th anniversary of his ordination this week in February. He was our faithfilled priest here at St. Mary’s in Marlborough for several years… and sorely missed.
    God bless,
    Chris Snyder


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