From Cardinal Seán's blog
Last Thursday evening, we had our 15th annual Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner at the Omni Seaport Hotel in Boston. This dinner is so important to us because it raises funds for our Clergy Trust, which supports the healthcare, wellness, and retirement needs of our priests in good standing.
It was impressive to see over 1,100 people gathered to support and honor our priests.
The dinner started with a performance by the boys of St. Paul's Choir School in Cambridge. They did a fantastic job!
Then, during the evening, we heard remarks by our dinner chairs, Jay and Linda Hooley, and Mark Vachon, the chair of the Board of the Clergy Trust. I offered remarks, as well.
They also showed an outstanding film featuring the ministries of Fathers Jim Ronan, Marcos Enrique, and Bob Deehan.
This year's St. Joseph the Worker Award was presented posthumously to Jim McDonough, who did so much to bring the archdiocese back to sound financial footing during his time as chancellor.
We were so happy that his wife, Lynne, and his children were there to receive the award on his behalf.
St. Rose of Lima Parish
Then, on Sunday, I went to St. Rose of Lima Parish in Chelsea for the installation of their pastor, Hilario Sanez, who has been there for a long time and has done an extraordinary job.
There was a huge crowd at the Mass, which was celebrated bilingually. While the majority of parishioners are from Latin America, the parish also has vibrant English and Vietnamese communities. Among those with us were several city officials, seminarians, and a number of priests.
Afterwards, there was a lovely luncheon at which they presented me with the gift of a beautiful Chelsea Clock. Father John Mulloy, who concelebrated with us, said his grandparents were married in that church 100 years ago and that his father worked his whole life at the Chelsea Clock Company.
Trip to Rome
I spent much of the rest of this week in Rome, where we are holding the plenary session of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. At the conclusion of our session, we will publish a statement on the work of the commission.
On Tuesday, I had a Mass with the members of the commission at St. John the Baptist Church. We were joined by Antonia Sobocki and Maggie Mathews from the group LOUDFence, who were recommended to us by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. They have done a lot to try to bring people back to the Church who have felt alienated because of the sexual abuse crisis.
They have the custom of presenting ribbons representing individuals who have been abused, and after the Mass, they placed some ribbons on the altar rail of the church.
I was very pleased I was able to introduce Antonia and Maggie to the Holy Father on Thursday evening.
He thanked them for their important work advocating for victims.