This past week, Saint John's Seminary had the privilege of hosting the Annual Mass and Dinner for the Boston Area Order of Malta (Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta American Association). The Order of Malta is a worldwide, lay, religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, which seeks to glorify God by promoting the sanctification of each member through his or her work with the sick and the poor and defense of the Catholic faith.
His Eminence Seán Patrick Cardinal O'Malley presided for the Mass. I was the guest speaker. They asked me to talk about the importance of good homilies. The title of my presentation was "Preaching an Engaging Proclamation: or, How to Get Rid of the Boring Homily".
The evening concluded with the Presentation of the Bishop John B. Fitzpatrick Award to Sheila and Joseph Feitelberg. This award was established in 2005 as an award for extraordinary service by members of the Order of Malta in the Boston area paralleling the extraordinary service of Bishop Fitzpatrick as the third Bishop of Boston did for the Church. Congratulations to Sheila and Joe on receiving this award and to all of the members of the Order of Malta for the work that you do.
Below are some pictures from this wonderful event!