This week, I was very happy to be invited by Cardinal Joseph Tobin to address the Newark Archdiocese's Catholic Men's Conference, which was held at Seton Hall University last Saturday.
Lent is always a wonderful time to hold these types of events and they had about 2,000 men in attendance. Speakers for the English track included NFL player Jeff Feagles, Catholic author and commentator Dr. Scott Sullivan; and Pepe Alonso of EWTN and my good friend Mario Paredes of the American Bible Society for the Spanish track. I gave talks in the morning to both the English and Spanish groups. I was very happy to be part of this very successful event.
FBI building dedication
On Monday morning (3/6), I went to Chelsea to give the invocation and benediction at the dedication of the new FBI building that has been constructed there.
With us for the dedication was the new FBI director, James Comey. It was nice to be able to meet him and I was surprised to learn that his father had been a Capuchin seminarian in New York before ultimately leaving and getting married. Director Comey is a very tall man, and he joked when he came up to speak after Governor Baker (who is also over 6 feet tall), that he was happy to be in a place with normal sized people!
It's a very beautiful building and I'm sure the people of Chelsea are very proud to have this new facility in their city. It certainly will provide much more space for the important work that the FBI does to protect our communities and our country.
Visit to Sisters of Jesus Crucified
On Tuesday (3/7) I went concelebrated the Mass, which was attended by sisters from both communities, including the superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Rosemary Brennan, and Sister Mary Valliere, the superior of the Sisters of Jesus Crucified. The Sisters of Jesus Crucified have also been giving hospitality to a group of Vietnamese sisters who are studying in the Boston area. The sisters sang some songs in Vietnamese for us.
Thursday morning (3/9) I was very happy to attend a breakfast for the Catholic Schools Foundation scholars class of 2017 hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers in their offices in Boston.
There were a number of benefactors of the Catholic Schools Foundation with us, including Peter Lynch and Bill Mosakowski, as well as many of the principals from our Catholic schools who accompanied their scholars. It was a very uplifting experience especially having the opportunity to listen to the students who spoke so eloquently about their experience of Catholic education and how important it has been in their lives.