'Sunday evening was the annual St. James Society Cardinal Cushing Awards Dinner. This year, they honored three people with long-standing relationships to the St. James society: Father Peter Quinn, Dr. Martin Dunn and Sister Carlotta Gilarde.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
...I attended the Massachusetts Family Institute's Fundraising Banquet (10/12). The organization, headed up by Kris Mineau, works to promote family values for the good of all people in our society. Among their current priorities is the campaign against physician assisted suicide. Each year, the banquet features a prominent pro-family speaker. This year, we heard from former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett. He gave a very inspiring talk. Among those recognized at the dinner was Mary Roque, an elder law attorney from Medfield, who produced a video on physician assisted suicide.
Then, in the evening (10/13), I attended the fundraising dinner at Florian Hall in Dorchester to support the Irish Pastoral Center. This year, the Center honored Father Dan Finn, Pastor of St. Mark and St. Ambrose parishes in Dorchester, who was very instrumental in the foundation of the Center and has worked with them for many years. He gave a wonderful talk and has a great memory for reciting lyrics. He began with Father Faber's "The Faith of our Fathers" and then he went into Joseph Mary Plunkett's famous poem "I see his blood upon the rose." He ended up singing Irish ballads, to the delight of all the people there.
Cushing Awards dinner