'...Monday (1/23), I had Mass for about 500 pilgrims from Boston, who accompanied us on the pilgrimage. This Mass was at Sacred Heart on 16th Street, the parish where I celebrated the Haitian and Spanish Mass for many years while I was in Washington.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
On Friday (1/20), I celebrated the funeral Mass of Sister Manuela Vencela at St. Anthony's Church, near Catholic University. Auxiliary Bishop Francisco Gonzalez was there along with many priests, religious and lay people who had known sister during the nearly four decades she had worked with the Hispanic community. I celebrated the Mass and preached. It was an honor to be able to do that for such a great religious, a real apostle to the people.
Meeting with St. James Society
That evening, I was back in Boston for the annual meeting of the St. James Society. Father Kevin Hayes made his last report to us as director of the society. We are very grateful to him for the excellent work he did as director and we look forward to the arrival of the new director in the spring, Father David Costello from the Diocese of Limerick. During the meeting, we were happy to hear reports of the wonderful work that is taking place through the St. James Society and the extraordinary support the Catholics in the archdiocese are giving to that ministry.
Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception