Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Beautiful Night to Be Catholic in the Archdiocese of Boston

It's a little after Midnight and I am just getting in after participating in a magnificent evening.  Hundreds of Catholics joined in a Eucharistic Procession down Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge from the MIT chapel to St. Paul's in Harvard Square.  There, we spent a period of time in prayer.  The purpose of the evening was to pray in reparation for a planned Satanic Mass on the campus of Harvard University.  

The procession which passed MIT and Central Square was a site to behold.  People were coming out of restaurants--some kneeling on the sidewalks, others blessing themselves, and some just staring in bewilderment.  Many of the servers who organized the procession were from Juventutem Boston.  That is the Traditional Latin Mass Community of young people.  They did an impressive job.  It's not easy to keep us priests organized.  

The procession ended at St. Paul's in Harvard Square. When we arrived, the church--which I suppose holds about 1000 people--was already filled to capacity. So hundreds of those who walked in procession were left standing on the street outside of St. Paul's. 

As I looked out at the congregation, I saw many people from my previous assignment in Beverly.  They travelled a good distance to be there.  It makes me proud to have been in a parish of people who love the Eucharist so much that they would come to this event.  In the procession, I saw many students from Boston University (where I serve as Chaplain).  It was so inspiring to see their witness.  

The unsung hero of the event, in my opinion, was Fr. Richard Clancy who is the Chaplain at MIT and who is the Director for Catholic Campus Ministry in the Archdiocese of Boston. He was the one who came up with the idea of a Eucharistic Procession.  Although he doesn't look for accolades, he deserves some today.

Tonight, I spent several hours with Catholics from all over the Archdiocese of Boston--young and old, students, married people, priests, seminarians, religious men and women, lay people--who all love the Eucharist.  That's what being a Catholic is.  I'm grateful to have experienced their powerful witness tonight.

(Photos are courtesy of George Martell of the Pilot Media Group0


  1. A magnificent evening, indeed. Wonder if the clueless Harvard president figured it out yet? There she was, standing in protest to institutional hate speech and sanctioned mockery of religious rites that she, of course, enabled. Think of how much better that Harvard's standing would be among those of faith had she known the fake Harvard Satanists the door. They ended up in a Chinese restaurant in the Square - their numbers reduced to a few lost souls. Only fitting.

  2. What a Beautiful site to see so many people come together. It brought tears to my eyes. Proud to be Catholic. Thank you for sharing the photos.

  3. Thank you for this. Do you have a Facebook page? Blessings.

  4. Once again, God has turned what was meant for evil on its head and something good and beautiful is the result.

  5. That is SOOO awesome! Thank you for Adoring my Lord!

  6. Harvard President, Drew Faust, reminded me of Pontius Pilate. She washed her hands of it, but did nothing to stop it.