'It also was the day of the Red Sox home opener (4/13). So after the Mass we had a sort of "take me out to the ballgame" lunch for the staff with hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and such.'
On Monday (4/16), I attended the Knights of Columbus Lantern Awards ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham. The Lantern Award has been presented to an outstanding citizen by the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus every year for over 50 years at their Patriot's Day Dinner. The recipient of this year's award was Father Bill Devine, a priest of the archdiocese who has been deployed many times in Iraq and Afghanistan. He gave a very moving witness of what it was like to serve the troops in those war zones. We see the role of the military chaplain as a very important service to the Church, and the Archdiocese of Boston has always tried to be very supportive of our priests who choose to serve. It is very important that the Church be present to this demographic of young people, particularly those who are in harm's way because of military service. In fact, we announced this week that our Secretary for Parish Life and Leadership, Father Tom Foley, will be leaving to become a military chaplain -- just another example of the fine men who have chosen to serve their Church and their country in this way.
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