Cardinal O'Malley greets guests following the Holy Hour to begin the St. John's Seminary Priest Alumni Dinner April 8. Pilot photo/courtesy St. John's Seminary
BRIGHTON -- Priests from around New England gathered at St. John's Seminary, April 8, for the annual Priest Alumni Dinner and to reconnect with former classmates.
The event began with a Holy Hour celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, after which the alumni were then given time to look at old class photographs and reconnect before the celebration dinner began in the seminary refectory.
Deacon Patrick Fiorillo, who will be ordained to the priesthood in May, offered a brief welcome as they took their seats.
"While it may not be apparent to the average layman in the pews, you all know how important of a role St. John's Seminary plays in the carrying out of the mission of the Church in New England and beyond. And so we thank you for being here, and we thank you for staying connected," he said.
"The Church, and indeed the seminary, has been through a lot in recent year, but thanks to your ongoing support, and your prayers, I'm proud to be able to say that St. John's is thriving, and I look forward to soon being counted among you as fellow alumni of St. John's Seminary," Deacon Fiorillo continued.
Bishop Arthur Kennedy also addressed the gathering, highlighting the history of the seminary.