Our Convocation for Permanent Deacons

Hello and welcome!

Last Thursday evening, I attended a reception at the home of Jim and Joanne Gallagher highlighting the work of Catholic Charities. Jim is the former Chairman of the Board of Catholic Charities.CCAB logo

During the evening I addressed the group, along with the current chairman of the board, Kevin MacKenzie, along with Catholic Charities’ President, Debbie Rambo.

It was a wonderful evening and we are so grateful to Jim and Joanne for hosting this wonderful evening.

Friday, I met at the cathedral with Father Selwan Taponi, a Chaldean priest from Detroit who comes once a month to celebrate Mass with the Chaldean Catholic community in Boston.IMG_0983

Also with us was Sermed Ashouri, a member of the Chaldean community who is studying in our permanent diaconate program; Deacon Chris Connelly, our director of Permanent Deacon Formation; and Brother Jim Peterson.

That evening, I had another of my periodic meetings with a group of seminarians at the cathedral.IMG_0988 (1)

As usual, we began our gathering with Vespers followed by dinner and a time of discussion. These gatherings are always a wonderful opportunity to get to know the seminarians better and to hear their concerns, hopes and aspirations. I always find them a very life-giving and enjoyable experience.

Saturday, our permanent deacons held their annual convocation at St. Elizabeth Parish in Milton. During the day, they heard keynote talks by Deacon William Ditewig, a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Washington who is the former director of the USCCB’s Secretariat for the Diaconate. DeaconConvo19-JTetrault-18

I joined them mid-day to celebrate Mass for them. IMG_0989DeaconConvo19-JTetrault-02_1DeaconConvo19-JTetrault-04DeaconConvo19-JTetrault-05DeaconConvo19-JTetrault-07

During the Mass we celebrated the Rite of Candidacy for 13 new permanent deacon candidates. It was quite a joy that, just one week after ordaining our latest class of permanent deacons for the archdiocese, we were welcoming another class as candidates for ordination.DeaconConvo19-JTetrault-11DeaconConvo19-JTetrault-12DeaconConvo19-JTetrault-16

On Sunday, I went to St. Malachy Church in Burlington to celebrate our annual Catholic Appeal Appreciation Mass. This Mass is an opportunity for us to thank those who worked so hard over the past year to make our annual Appeal a success.CA19 900x300

We began our gathering with a Mass followed by a reception, during which I addressed the gathering along with the pastor, Father Jim Mahoney.

As I always like to say, the Catholic Appeal is the lifeblood of our archdiocese, without which so many ministries and good works of the Church would not be possible. We are so grateful to all of those who do so much to ensure the ongoing success of the Catholic Appeal.

Later that day I went to our Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Brookline to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This is the third of our three seminaries I have visited to celebrate the Mass as a way to begin the academic year asking for the assistance of the Holy Spirit in all our endeavors.IMG_0994

We had a lovely Mass together in the chapel followed by a dinner with the seminarians.

Monday, I went to visit the Missionaries of Charity at their house in Dorchester. We celebrated Mass together, and afterwards the sisters made me a lovely breakfast.IMG_0997

The sisters had remembered how I told them that in the Virgin Islands the sisters would always make me a breakfast of curry and roti, so that is what they served me. It certainly brought back wonderful memories! I have to say, I am very grateful that the sisters did not make the curry too spicy. I told them that sometimes I’d be having that breakfast in the Virgin Islands at 6 o’clock in the morning and the curry was so hot, the smoke would be coming out of my ears!

During my visit, the sisters also showed me the new playground equipment that they have installed, which I know will be put to great use by the children served by their many programs.IMG_1001

Wednesday, I paid a visit to St. Benedict Classical Academy in Natick.20190910_StBenedict_gm_129

It was the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, so we had a gathering with the little ones first and then later a Mass for the older children, the staff and some of the board members.Oct 03 2019_gm_24091Oct 03 2019_gm_24094

The school is housed in the historic house of Harriet Beecher Stowe who, of course, is best known for her novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”IMG_1003

This was my first opportunity to visit, and I was happy to see that the school is thriving. It serves students from preschool through sixth grade and they are currently at capacity, with over 100 youngsters. Oct 03 2019_gm_24089

I was also very pleased to learn that they have acquired a piece of land on which they plan to construct a new building. We are so grateful to the headmaster Jay Boren and all those who are working for the success of St. Benedict’s.Oct 03 2019_gm_24095

Until next week,

Cardinal Seán

October 2019