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Blessed John XXIII Seminary celebrates 31st annual Lawn Party


Seminarian Lawrence Love addresses guests at the Blessed John XXIII National Seminary annual Lawn Party as Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and rector Father William B. Palardy look on. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo

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WESTON -- More than 400 supporters of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary joined Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and rector Father William B. Palardy Sept. 19 for the seminary's 31st Annual Lawn Party.

"We are very proud of this extraordinary institution. In my own ministry as a bishop having served in four different dioceses -- very different dioceses -- West Indies, Fall River, Palm Beach and now Boston, the one thing that was in common in all of those dioceses has been the outstanding graduate priests from (Blessed John) who I have been lucky enough to serve with," the cardinal said in his remarks.

The cardinal expressed gratitude to Cardinal Richard J. Cushing for founding the seminary in recognition of the idea that a vocation can come at any time in life. The seminary trains men who begin their studies for the priesthood after the age of 30.

Cardinal O'Malley also expressed appreciation for the renovations made at the seminary. The seminary began facility improvements when they renovated the seminary chapel and front entrance during the 2012 summer break.

Father Palardy welcomed guests and introduced the two seminarians who continued the annual tradition of sharing their vocation stories with guests at the dinner.

Lawrence L. Love, a member of the class of 2014 for the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, said he is a father of two children who served in the Air Force as a flight surgeon and later went into private practice.

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