'Monday (5/16), I visited Immaculate Conception Church, part of the Stoughton Collaborative, to participate in the activities of our Pastoral Center Service Week.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
Last Friday (5/13), I celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where I received an honorary degree in Theology.
Steubenville, of course, is making a very unique contribution to the life of the Church. It has been a great source of vocations and training for Church leadership. Something like 70 to 80 percent of the students there are in studies related to theology or evangelization. Wherever you go in the country, you find young people teaching Catholic schools, or running RCIA, youth ministry, and campus ministry programs, who have been trained at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
On Pentecost Sunday (5/15), I celebrated confirmations for almost 150 members of the Brazilian community of the archdiocese at the cathedral. We began with a procession through the Holy Door of Mercy. We had a full cathedral and, of course, the music is always very uplifting and inspiring. The Mass was concelebrated by many of the Brazilian priests working in ministry here, along with Father Michael Harrington from our Office for Cultural Diversity.
The Brazilian community is one of the largest ethnic groups represented in the archdiocese, so it's wonderful to have them come to the cathedral.
Visit to Stoughton