On Saturday (6/16), I was very happy to celebrate the ordination for the Capuchins of St. Mary's Province. I ordained two priests, Fathers Ernest Bedard and Salvatore Cordaro and two deacons, Deacons Richard Mattox and Michal Ramos, at the Mass. There were several people from Boston in attendance because some of the Friars had been studying here and helping out in parishes. It is always a great privilege and joy to ordain priests and deacons knowing that the Sacrament of Holy Orders allows Christ's pastoral ministry to continue to touch people through the sacraments and through the breaking open of the word. It is also very special joy to be able to ordain brothers from my own religious community. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless the order with vocations to be able to serve God's people.
Visit with Msgr. Russell
That night (6/17), we had a visit from Msgr. Paul Russell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston who is the chargé d'affaires of the apostolic nunciature in Taiwan. He has been a member of the diplomatic corps for several years, and has been stationed in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and now in Taiwan serving the Church in this very important mission. It was fascinating to hear from him firsthand about the Church in China and in Taiwan. For exmaple, he explained that the Church has a huge institutional footprint in Taiwan -- health care facilities, hospitals, schools and universities -- even though the Catholic population is comparatively small.
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