Saturday, March 16, 2013

Discernment Retreat...Day Two

I presented two more conferences to the more than one hundred young men discerning vocations at Betania II today.  We also celebrated Mass and then had the opportunity to chat with Cardinal O'Malley via Skype.  His Eminence, having just finished the work of the Conclave, shared his experience of the election of Pope Francis I.  Cardinal Sean spoke of the moment when Francis I announced his name.  "Of course, as a Franciscan, I was thrilled...And I think that with that choice he was trying to indicate to us some of the themes of his Pontificate...of being a joyful messenger of the Gospel life...of being a brother uniting all of us in the Church and in the world...Likewise, in the life of Francis, there is Francis' love for the poor...'

The men on the discernment retreat join us tomorrow morning at Saint John's Seminary for Sunday Mass.  We are fortunate that several of our men will received the ministry of Lector at that Mass and Bishop Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, will be the celebrant.

Bishop Peter Libasci (Bishop of Manchester) and Monsignor Moroney with the Vocation Directors of Boston and the men on the Boston Archdiocesan Discernment Retreat joined the seminarians for Mass at Saint John's Seminary on Sunday.