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Msgr. Moroney installed as 20th rector of St. John's Seminary


Msgr. James P. Moroney delivers his homily during his Sept. 23 Mass of installation. Catholic Free Press photo/ Tanya Connor

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BRIGHTON -- Msgr. James P. Moroney was installed as 20th rector of St. John's Seminary Sept. 23.

At the Mass in the seminary chapel, the rector and faculty members made the profession of faith and took the Oath of Fidelity to the Church required of them by Canon Law.

Also as part of the ceremony, Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus presented Msgr. Moroney, a priest of the Diocese of Worcester, with the June 28 decree signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone that declared him a Prelate of Honor, the second level of monsignor.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley expressed gratitude to Bishop McManus and the Worcester Diocese for sharing Msgr. Moroney with the seminary.

The cardinal said the rector enjoys a world-wide prestigious reputation as consultor to the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and executive secretary of its Vox Clara committee of bishops from the English-speaking world. However, the cardinal said, what really impresses him about Msgr. Moroney is his joy and his deep love of the priesthood.

Cardinal O'Malley said he was delighted to have bishops and seminarians' families present, which was the seminary's annual family day. He thanked the seminarians' families and said many men can respond generously to the call because of their support.

In his homily, Msgr. Moroney focused on the figure of the shepherd.

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