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Ordaining nine new priests

Hello and welcome!

Last Thursday, I was very pleased to join the commencement exercises for St. John’s Seminary’s Theological Institute for the New Evangelization. Through TINE, as it is commonly called, the seminary makes its excellent theological and pastoral formation available to laypeople, deacons and religious.

It was the largest class yet, with 20 graduates receiving master’s degrees.Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo

As it is each year, the commencement was held in the Chapel at St. John’s Seminary.Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo

The commencement speaker was Providence auxiliary Bishop Robert Evans.

Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo We are very grateful particularly to Father Chris O’Connor, Aldona Lingertat and all the other members of the faculty and staff for their great dedication to this important program, which provides not just intellectual and theological training, but also spiritual formation and pastoral training, as well.Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo

Father O’Connor

Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo

Aldona Lingertat

And of course, we express our congratulations to the graduates.Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo Commencement of the  Theological Institute for The New Evangelization’s class of 2014, May 22, 2014 at St. John’s Seminary. Pilot photo/ Christopher S. Pineo

Those who received Master of Arts in Ministry degrees were Kevin Baril, Deborah A. Byrne, Deacon Peter Cote, Mike Cunningham, Stephen M. Gannon, Patsy Gillespie, Adriana D. Goodfellow, Sue Gormley, Constance June Kapitan, Jennifer Linnehan, Edith McDaniel, Katheryn McMillan, Dianne Mills, Paul E. Minear, Farzenah M. Najmabadi, Jane Rogers, Michael Patrick Ruane, and Ching Kin Yim.

And this year we had our first two recipients of the Master of Theological Studies degrees, Maria Cusack and Camille Mainardi.

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Saturday morning I had the joy of ordaining nine men to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross: Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon.Presbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy

The evening before, I gathered with them for dinner. It is always a tradition that at that dinner I give them each of their faculties and their parish assignments.Presbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy

There was a wonderful crowd; many priests and laity filled the Cathedral for the occasion.Presbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy

While an ordination is always a wonderful occasion, this year we had extra reason to be happy. As I mentioned last week, this was the largest ordination class we have had in over a decade. Presbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy

Presbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyWe also ordained two men from very important ethnic communities for the archdiocese. Presbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. TracyPresbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy

Jiwon Yoon is a convert to Catholicism who came from our Korean parish here in Boston, and Steven Clemence is our first Brazilian priest ordained for the archdiocese of Boston. Presbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy

The Brazilian community in the archdiocese is over 200,000 people, so having a Brazilian priest ordained from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary is a great gift to the Church.Presbyteral ordination of Fathers Jeffrey Archer, Steven Clemence, Peter DeFazio, George Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hickey, Karlo Hocuscak, Mark Storey, Lawrence Tocci and Jiwon Yoon at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 24, 2014. Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy

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On Sunday I was in New York City to celebrate a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the Argentine community for the Feast of Our Lady of Luján. There were about 1,000 people in attendance.5

At the moment, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is under construction and full of scaffolding, but it was a beautiful celebration. 7

6The choir, the Grupo Coral de America Santa Rosa de Lima, sang the very famous Misa Criolla by Ramirez. In fact, it is the recording of the same Mass that the Holy Father gave me when I visited him when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

When he gave me the recording, the Holy Father said it is one of the best renditions there is. I told the people that I hope he will not be offended when I tell him that they sing the Misa Criolla better at St. Patrick’s than in Buenos Aires!

I also told the people that, on two occasions, I visited the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Luján outside of Buenos Aires and I was so pleased because there is a huge altar in the sanctuary dedicated to St. Patrick. Each year there is a pilgrimage of Irish-Argentinians to the sanctuary, and so I thought it was very fitting that we were celebrating with Argentinians at St. Patrick’s – sort of turning the tables!

At the Mass I was very happy to meet the consul general of Argentina in New York, Jose Luis Perez Gabilondo. 3He told me he had actually been baptized in the sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Luján.

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I was back in Boston for our regular meeting of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council on Tuesday evening.

For the past several months the Faith Formation and Evangelization Committee Sub-Committee has been reflecting on the Holy Father’s Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.

The Committee offered an inspiring presentation that integrated the insights of Disciples in Mission, “Forming Intentional Disciples” by Sherry Weddell and the Joy of the Gospel. The conversation focused on practical ways that each one can be an effective evangelizer.

Several APC members participated in the evangelization training offered through the Office of the Episcopal Vicar for the New Evangelization. Two APC members offered witness talks for us. Maureen O’Brien shared the witness talk that she developed during the Archdiocesan training. Casey Grant shared the talk that he had given during Lent as part of “What’s Your Next Step?”, offered by the Belmont collaborative parishes of Saint Joseph and Saint Luke. Witness talks are a very important part of our evangelization efforts.

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Wednesday, we had the luncheon for the newly ordained priests and their families.Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)

There is always such a flurry of activity around the time of the ordination that I usually do not have time to greet the families of the ordinandi. So, during the week following the ordination, we host the newly ordained and their families for luncheon here at the Pastoral Center.Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)

It was very nice to get to meet them all.Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)

At the end of the lunch, I give the families a small gift as a sign of our appreciation. I tell the mothers, “Thank you for your gift to us, now I have a gift for you.”Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley hosts a luncheon for the newly ordained priests of the archdiocese and their families, May 28, 2014 at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. (Pilot photo by Gregory L. Tracy)

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That evening was the 10th Senior Priests Dinner at the Boston College Club sponsored by the Order of Malta.

We are so grateful to Jack Joyce and Jim O’Connor for all the efforts they put in to making the dinner happen, and I am glad so many of our senior priests were there to enjoy it.

The entertainment was provided by Bob Crane and the Treasury Notes, who sang many oldies-but-goodies.1

A wonderful time was had by all.

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Yesterday, I visited St. Agnes in Arlington, Father Brian Flatley’s parish, to join in their celebration of the 125th anniversary of their school.DSC_8974DSC_9004DSC_9085DSC_9115DSC_9120DSC_9125DSC_9155

They have a very glorious history to celebrate. The school has been a great bastion of Catholic education and culture with the help of the Sisters of Notre Dame and Sisters of St. Joseph who have both been involved in teaching at that school over the years.DSC_9185DSC_9215

Many vocations have come out of that school, and I was delighted to be celebrating the Ascension Thursday Mass with them to Mark the 125th year.

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán