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Archive for 2014/03/21


Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Hello and welcome!

Several times a year I like to meet with the priests who have been ordained in the last 10 years for a Holy Hour followed by a meal and conversation about priestly spirituality, ministry and the situation of the Church. So, last Thursday, I gathered with them here at the Pastoral Center.photo

This time, the topic of our conversation was the Holy Father’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. We had a very lively conversation in which the priests shared their own personal reactions and those of their parishioners.photo2

These gatherings are always a great opportunity for me, as the bishop, to be with these young priests, share with them and listen to their concerns and aspirations. I know they always enjoy each other’s company and look forward to being a part of these events.

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Just as I meet frequently with the young priests, I also try to meet periodically with our seminarians. Friday, I gathered at the Cathedral with our seminarians who are in their second year of pre-theology as well as our college seminary seniors.

We prayed Vespers together, shared a meal and enjoyed a long conversation. I always appreciate these opportunities to get to know our seminarians better.

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Saturday, I was visited by my cousins who were in town for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Suzy O’Malley Stevens and her children, Andrew and Kathleen. I spent some time with them during the day and then in the evening we went to dinner. Cousins

It was lovely to be able to visit with them.

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Monday, of course, was St. Patrick’s Day and each year there is a celebration of our patronal feast at the Cathedral.

 

 

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
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Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
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Father Kevin O’Leary and the Cathedral staff always do a wonderful job planning the event and giving it a particular Irish flair. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyThere are bagpipes and step dancers and we always like to incorporate the Irish language in to the liturgy. This year, the wife of the new consul-general of Ireland Carmel Ó Caollaí proclaimed the first reading for us in Irish. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
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Also, the students from Catholic Memorial read the petitions in Irish. We are very proud of the fact that the Irish language is being taught at Catholic Memorial.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
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We were also honored this year to be joined by Boston Police commissioner Williams Evans and a large contingent of the leadership of the Boston Police.Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
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As we do every year, we blessed the shamrocks that are distributed to the faithful.Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
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Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyCardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
Pilot photo/ Gregory L. TracyAfter the mass there was a reception in the lower hall of the Cathedral with the very appropriate refreshments of Irish soda bread and tea.Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
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The Mass is always a beautiful way to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick. In my homily, I reminded the people that St. Patrick was a missionary disciple of the kind that Pope Francis speaks so often about. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
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I also compared the story of St. Patrick with the film that won this year’s Academy Award for best picture, “12 Years a Slave.” I said that the conversion of St. Patrick began when he was captured by pirates and was enslaved and that he wrote a memoir about his experience, “The Confessions of St. Patrick,” just as Solomon Northrup did.Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrates Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross March 17, 2014. 
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I also mentioned the fact that in my office I have a beautiful painting of a black St. Patrick that was given to me after celebrating an ordination in Puerto Rico. In that village, which is famous for having retained its African heritage, they have a church that was built almost 400 years ago in honor of St. Patrick by the African slaves who were living there.

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That afternoon, I left for Washington D.C. to attend the board meeting of the Catholic University of America. I was very surprised that while we had a sunny, beautiful St. Patrick’s Day here in Boston, down in Washington, they had snow.photo (3)_3

We are very grateful to CUA President John Garvey for the wonderful job he does there. They have done a very good job of the modeling a Catholic identity at the university and fostering cooperation between the academic community and the Bishops’ Conference.Shield_4c

I sit on the Student Life Committee and it is impressive to see the wonderful campus ministry program that they have at Catholic University.

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From CUA, I went to Loyola University in Baltimore for their "Francis Factor" conference on the first year of Pope Francis’ pontificate. I was asked to give the keynote.TOM McCARTHY JR. | CR STAFF
The Francis Factor was hosted by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, part of its 225th anniversary celebration. The evening included an introduction from Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, the address from Cardinal O’Malley, and by remarks followed by a question-and-answer session from four panelists: Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, founding chief executive officer of the Canadian Catholic network Salt and Light Television; Jesuit Father Matt Malone, editor-in-chief of America magazine; Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., and a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity; and Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. TOM McCARTHY JR. | CR STAFF
The Francis Factor was hosted by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, part of its 225th anniversary celebration. The evening included an introduction from Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, the address from Cardinal O’Malley, and by remarks followed by a question-and-answer session from four panelists: Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, founding chief executive officer of the Canadian Catholic network Salt and Light Television; Jesuit Father Matt Malone, editor-in-chief of America magazine; Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., and a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity; and Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.

Over 3000 people were in attendance and it was edifying to see the great interest that the people have our new Holy Father and their enthusiasm for his pontificate and his message.TOM McCARTHY JR. | CR STAFF
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, a Capuchin Franciscan and archbishop of Boston, participates in a question-and-answer session during The Francis Factor at Loyola University in Baltimore March 18 alongside fellow panelists Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., and a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity; Jesuit Father Matt Malone, editor-in-chief of America magazine; Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management; and Basilian Father Thomas Rosica (not pictured), founding chief executive officer of the Canadian Catholic network Salt and Light Television.TOM McCARTHY JR. | CR STAFF
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, a Capuchin Franciscan and archbishop of Boston, participates in a question-and-answer session during The Francis Factor at Loyola University in Baltimore March 18 alongside fellow panelists Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., and a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity; Jesuit Father Matt Malone, editor-in-chief of America magazine; Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management; and Basilian Father Thomas Rosica (not pictured), founding chief executive officer of the Canadian Catholic network Salt and Light Television.TOM McCARTHY JR. | CR STAFF
The Francis Factor was hosted by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, part of its 225th anniversary celebration. The evening included an introduction from Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, the address from Cardinal O’Malley, and by remarks followed by a question-and-answer session from four panelists: Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, founding chief executive officer of the Canadian Catholic network Salt and Light Television; Jesuit Father Matt Malone, editor-in-chief of America magazine; Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., and a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity; and Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. TOM McCARTHY JR. | CR STAFF
Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, a Capuchin Franciscan and archbishop of Boston, talks with seven-year-old Camden Jones following The Francis Factor at Loyola Univiersity March 18, hosted by the Archdiocese of Baltimore as part of its 225th anniversary celebration. TOM McCARTHY JR. | CR STAFF
The Francis Factor was hosted by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, part of its 225th anniversary celebration. The evening included an introduction from Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, the address from Cardinal O’Malley, and by remarks followed by a question-and-answer session from four panelists: Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, founding chief executive officer of the Canadian Catholic network Salt and Light Television; Jesuit Father Matt Malone, editor-in-chief of America magazine; Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., and a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity; and Kerry Robinson, executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.

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Wednesday, I traveled to New York for a very similar event sponsored by the American Bible Society, which was organized by my good friend Mario Paredes.

The moderator was Kenneth Woodward, who had been the religion editor at Newsweek and is the author of several books including, “Making Saints,” and the panelists were the editors of America, Commonweal and First Things.

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I returned to the diocese early Thursday morning to take part in our monthly meeting of the Presbyteral Council. This was the first Presbyteral Council attended by Bishop Peter Uglietto in his capacity as our new moderator of the curia. We also welcomed our New Episcopal vicars, Father Jim Flavin and Father Gerry Petringa.

It was wonderful to have them aboard and welcome all three of them in their new roles.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán