My First Post: Pre-Flight To Rome

Good evening.

Im sure your day has been just as full as mine. I began my day by celebrating mass at the Cathedral Rectory Chapel at 7:30 this morning and had a productive meeting with the Presbyteral Council from 10:30 until 2:00 this afternoon. The Council consists of priests who are elected by their peers and we regularly meet to discuss Archdiocesan matters. Their input greatly serves in assisting me as Archbishop and Im always grateful for their time. In addition to several other meetings, I read through my mail and just had enough time to pack my bag.

Thank you for visiting my blog. This is my first experience writing a blog, as its also a new venture for the Archdiocese.

Communicating with, supporting and serving Catholics of the Archdiocese at each of our Parishes are our top priorities. This blog is our newest effort to speak directly with you, as Im looking forward to sharing my Rome experiences with everyone.

As I return to the Eternal City, only a short time since the Consistory, someone asked me this week, what are my favorite memories from that time in March. My fondest memories are from being with my family during that joyous occasion. Looking back, I was also so happy and surprised with having over 500 people with us from Boston in Rome.

The honor that the Holy Father bestowed upon me, is an honor that I share with you and all of Boston. We are united as Catholics and I hope we can share together my experiences in Rome through this blog.

Well, shortly we will be leaving my office at the Cathedral to go to Logan Airport. I will be flying to Rome tonight, accompanied by Fr. Brian Bachand, who loyally serves as Secretary to the Cardinal.

While I am not looking forward to the many many hours of travel that we are facing, I am looking forward to the opportunity to quietly read, prepare for Rome and hopefully catch a few winks of sleep. Our itinerary says that we will be flying for almost nine hours total and shortly after our arrival at the Vatican we will be traveling immediately to San Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pios Shrine is located. Ive heard so much about San Giovanni Rotondo and I am so excited to finally visit.

I think Im taking more books than I can possibly read – my carry-on bag will be bursting at the seams.hopefully security lets me through the gates.

Please pray for me on this important trip and join me in praying for our Archdiocese.

Thank you again for visiting my blog.

The next time I write to you, it will be from Rome. Before I go, I want to share with you a beautiful slideshow created by photographer George Martell. It captures many of the joyous moments from the Consistory events.

Please enjoy:

God bless,

Cardinal Sen

13 thoughts on “My First Post: Pre-Flight To Rome”

  1. Cardinal Sean:
    Just want to say that I am enjoying your blogs from Rome very much. Stay well, and know that you are alwyas in my prayers.

  2. Dear Cardinal,

    I really love your blog and your pictures. I hope that other Cardinals, Bishops and priests will follow your example, because is the best way to keep in touch with the people.

    By the way, s que usted habla espaol, ya que lo vi comprando el peridico “ABC” de Espaa en Italia.

    Dios lo bendiga.

    Alberto (from Mxico)

  3. Dear Cardinal.
    Thank you so much for your open heart and ability to cast your net into these deep waters. We are one with you in Boston and keeping you always in our prayers esp. during your trip. Thank you for the blog.
    Vaya con Dios.


  4. Cardinal Sean,
    I have really enjoyed your blog and find it refreshing to have your unfiltered perspective on your trip to Rome. I thank you for adopting a mode of communication that is both personal and wide reaching. Thanks for the acknowledgement of Life Teen at St Mary’s. Father Matt is continuing the fantastic program that Father Chris Hickey and Father Dooher had started.

  5. Admire the work doen and hte time taken to have your people in forn tof you where ever you go, congratulations and continue to be strong in your work like Francis to “rebuild the Church”.

  6. very nice photos. Like your dad, I also go to confession when I need a haircut…

    thanks for sharing

  7. I am so happy tosee that you made it to San Giovani Rotondo. I can’t wait for our next trip to Italy so we can also go there. Hope all is well with you and we hope to see you soon.

  8. Dear Cardinal Sean,
    It makes me proud to have a Franicscan Cardinal in our midst. What I gather from a distance, you must be a holy man. You have been in my prayers since you became the Archbishop of Boston.

    This was a beautiful and inspiring trip. I wish I could have been there to celebrate. One thing distrubed me about the pictures. Padre Pio had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother. I saw only one picture with the Blessed Mother. Also, where were the statues of Mary and Joseph in the last church? The older churches of course had beautiful and awe inspiring art.

    This seems to be norm for a great many Franciscan Churches and retreat houses. St. Francis and Padre Pio must both be weeping profusely from heaven seeing these Holy places stripped of their beauty which draws the soul towards God.

    We little people in the pews need all the holy inspiration we can get after dealing with harsh realities through the week. We need the art work and the statues back into the churches. WE need the devotions to be reintroduced. If we are to remain a country with freedom of religion, we need all the help we can get. We need to rebuild our Catholic population into a holy people. We have become dry and uninterested in God. I beg you to help our parishes reinstitute devotions and recreate the beauty of our churches. We need to recreate so that we can have a vision of heaven. Even if it is in a human prospective. We need to be vitalized. If we are to recreate the Church Militant than we need to have the ammunition.

    Thank you for reading and possibly considering this. May God Bless You. Your Franciscan sister in Christ.

    Donna G. Francis, SFO

    I am a convert, and also a Secular Franciscan. I love my faith and my vocation. I live and breathe on the words given to St. Francis, ” Francis, rebuild my Church”.

  9. I enjoyed reading first blog from Cardinal O’Malley.
    After 9/22 could not access this page. Today is 9/25. Will this be a weekly summary?
    Also,if the Pope should enquire sentiment re the recent flap w/Muslims, my suggestion would be to cool it – it seems to me that the Testament mentions avoid- ing too many mea culpas and dwelling on mistakes.
    [This would apply to the recent problems in this Archdiocese also.]
    Finally, whether this reaches the Cardinal or not, safe home to all.

  10. Greetings Cardinal Sean,

    I found this blog via an article on I am not a catholic (well technically I was baptised and I think I did first communion but that’s about it) but I have been reading your blog with interest. I would like to visit Rome someday so it is very interesting to see it through your eyes. I hope you will keep this blog open as a regular thing. It is a much more immediate and unfiltered way to communicate with people instead of the regular media.


  11. Here’s hoping that that Spirit stays with you and guides you. May God bless you and give you His peace.

  12. Wow!! A cardinal blogging – I am bookmarking right now.

    Godspeed to you, your Emminence. I’m not one of your sheep (I’m in the Diocese of Austin, TX), but I see Christ working through you and am thankful for such strong leaders in our church. May he guide you in your new station in life, and may you share in his eternal glory.


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September 2006