Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and archdiocesan Scout Chaplain Father Matt Westcott pose with Girl Scouts from the Archdiocese of Boston, after a Mass celebrating 100 years of scouting, March 18. Pilot photo/Christopher Pineo
SOUTH END -- In honor of 100 years of tradition nationally, Girl Scouts and their leaders came to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to celebrate Mass with Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley on March 8.
Troops from around the archdiocese wore uniforms at the Mass. Joined by their parents, scout leaders and the celebrants, the scouts observed their local Catholic heritage at the cathedral.
"It is a wonderful privilege to be here in the cathedral, the seat of this archdiocese, so filled with history, marking their own history of 100 years in the Girl Scout movement," said Medals Councilor of Holy Family Parish in Concord Jane Torpie.
The cardinal spoke about the connection between scouting and the Church in his homily.
"In our life all of us have a very special vocation. The Lord is calling us to service in a special way. Scouting is about service and how we can serve a community, but each of us has a very special calling. We discern that in prayer, trying to see what God is calling us to do as individuals. But, all of us share in a mission that together we have to build a civilization of love to make God's Kingdom more visible and to help people to discover how much God loves them," the cardinal said.
Director for Divine Worship Father Jonathan Gaspar explained how scouting helps connect Catholic girls with their faith in the archdiocese, after the Mass.