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Cardinal opens Theology on Tap series

A colored stage light casts a red glow over Cardinal O’Malley as he speaks the Theology on tap event at the Brewery Exchange in Lowell Oct. 18. Pilot photo/ Christine Williams

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LOWELL -- After Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley fumbled over some words while speaking at The Brewery Exchange on Oct. 18, he joked “I haven’t even had any beer.”

Nevertheless, the cardinal met with some sobering questions from his young adult audience at the Lowell watering hole. The event kicked off the 2006 season of Theology on Tap in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Someone asked about the need for confession, another about why non-Catholics cannot receive Communion and another about how to cultivate a life of prayer.

Regarding prayer, Cardinal O’Malley stressed the need for Catholics to have a “game plan” in their prayer lives. Otherwise, prayer will take a backseat to everything else, he said.

“If we don’t do that, then prayer is somehow always going to be relocated to the moments of leisure that never seem to come,” he said.

Theology On Tap series are currently planned for four different locations -- The Brewery Exchange in Lowell, Redline in Cambridge, The Globe in Boston and The Harp at the Garden in Boston. However, Anastacia Stornetta, coordinator of young adult ministry, said she hopes to expand the program this year to bring a Theology On Tap series in each of the archdiocese’s five regions.

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