Cardinal Seán celebrating the Mass at Pope John XXIII Seminary. Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
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I want to express my concern and offer my prayers for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In addition, I have authorized a special collection at all Masses next weekend, September 9-10, to aid in the relief efforts.
Having experienced the devastation of Hurricane Hugo while I was the Bishop of the Virgin Islands -- where we were left for six months without water, telephone or electricity and where the schools were closed for two years and so many people lost their homes and their jobs -- I have seen up close the devastation that a hurricane can cause to communities and to individuals. I know that the Catholics of Boston will be very generous in their response to help our neighbors in Texas who have been so devastated by this hurricane, the terrible storms and flooding.
Visiting with friends
This past weekend I was visited by my old friends Martim and Carolina Lobao. They have moved to Boston and will be studying here for two years. His family was part of my Portuguese Parish in Washington, D.C. for many years, and I baptized Martim and his seven brothers and sisters. So, I was very happy to see them and welcome them to Boston.
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