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New auxiliaries introduced at press conference

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley presents a pectoral cross and zucchetto, the symbol of the bishop’s office, to Bishops-designate John A. Dooher and Robert F. Hennessey at a press conference at St. John’s Seminary Oct. 12. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy

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BRIGHTON — Bishop-designate John A. Dooher, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Dedham and Bishop-designate Robert F. Hennessey, pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston, received two of the symbols of the office — the pectoral cross and zucchetto — from Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley at an Oct. 12 press conference announcing their appointments.

The two parish priests from the Archdiocese of Boston were appointed auxiliary bishops by Pope Benedict XVI earlier in the day.

“As we prepare to welcome the relics of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, we rejoice that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has blessed the Archdiocese of Boston by naming two of our most distinguished parish priests Father Dooher and Father Hennessey as auxiliary bishops,” Cardinal O’Malley said.

Bishop-designate Dooher will serve as South Regional Bishop and Bishop-designate Hennessey will serve as Central Regional Bishop.

The archdiocese also announced that the pope has granted Central Regional Bishop John P. Boles’ request for retirement. Ordained to the episcopate in 1992, Bishop Boles turned 75 in January 2005. Canon Law requires bishops to submit their resignation to the pope at age 75.

“I want to publicly thank and acknowledge the wonderful work and service of Bishop John Boles,” Cardinal O’Malley said. “I look forward to his ministry as bishop emeritus.”

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