Thursday morning, I met with Olivia Colombo whom we selected as the winner of the Witness to Life Video Contest, run by the Office for Lifelong Faith Formation. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
Last Thursday we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first class of permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Boston. It was Cardinal Medeiros who initiated the first program and who ordained these men.
We celebrated Mass at the Pastoral Center and we were very pleased to be joined by quite a number of deacons. After the Mass we had a luncheon at which we presented each deacon with a small gift as remembrance of their anniversary.
In my homily, I commented on the fact that they were pioneers and how challenging it was because people did not have an understanding at the time of what a permanent deacon was. Yet, they, very generously and courageously, embraced this vocation that has made such an impact on the Church. I expressed how grateful we are to them.
With the golden jubilarians
Friday morning, we went to Regina Cleri to celebrate Mass with the Golden priest jubilarians, those celebrating 50 years of ordination. It was quite a big group of jubilarians this year and we also celebrated the 100th birthday of Msgr. Paul McManus.
It was a very beautiful day and after the Mass we had a reception outside followed by a lunch together.
We calculated that the men in that ordination class had celebrated about half million Masses over their lives as priests. It is just such an amazing legacy of faith!
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