Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley celebrates the closing Mass of the Magnificat Pilgrimage of Hope. Pilot photo/ Neil W. McCabe
BOSTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley joined more than 1,500 pilgrims at Magnificat magazine’s Pilgrimage of Hope Oct. 11 and 12 at Boston’s Convention and Exhibition Center, for prayer, lessons and music.
“Bringing the pilgrimage to Boston was a way to celebrate the connection of the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Boston and that the first bishop of Boston was French,” said Pierre-Marie Dumont, the magazine’s publisher, through a translator. “There was a parallel of the Magnificat coming to Boston from France, like the first priests and bishop.”
Bishop Jean Cheverus, Boston’s first bishop, returned to France to become the Archbishop of Bordeaux and a cardinal, he said. For this reason, that see’s current archbishop, Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, was invited to participate. “We have two successors of Cheverus with us, Cardinal Ricard and Cardinal O’Malley.”
There was great momentum among friends of Magnificat to hold the pilgrimage in Boston following the last pilgrimage in New York City in 2002. The support was so great that Dumont felt the city would be motivated to not only celebrate the archdiocese’s bicentennial, but also the 10th anniversary of the magazine, he said.