November 21st, 2009
The Adopt-a-Priest Apostolate has met with great success, thanks to the efforts of Serrans and Catholics throughout the Archdiocese. As of today, 400 priests (out of 750 total) have been adopted by spiritual parents. That’s more than half the priests in the Archdiocese of Boston!
At our most recent meeting in Waltham, Mary and Francis Jesch noted that when they asked a woman in their parish if she would adopt a priest, she said “Yes – but how much will it cost?” She was amazed to find that spiritual adoption was free and that she could receive a booklet with a specific priest’s name at no cost.
Our goal is to have every priest in the Archdiocese of Boston adopted by the end of the year. Please adopt a priest today, and let others know of this worthwhile apostolate!
October 25th, 2009
As a gift to the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston during this special “Year of the Priest,” the Serra Club of Boston has organized a unique apostolate of prayer which is being initiated on October 25: Priesthood Sunday 2009.
We are inviting all members of the archdiocese to pray and sacrifice for our priests in a more personal and committed manner by “spiritually adopting” a priest for one year. Serra Boston has prepared prayer folders for each of the current 751 diocesan priests and will distribute them randomly on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this new apostolate, please visit our page on the Adopt-a-Priest Apostolate at the link below:
You can also read the Boston Pilot’s press release on this new apostolate at: Boston Pilot: Serra Boston initiates Adopt-a-Priest Apostolate
September 1st, 2009
Be sure your parish celebrates Priesthood Sunday on Sunday, October 25!
“Priesthood Sunday” is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church. This annual nationwide event is coordinated and sponsored by the USA Council of Serra International. Especially during this Year of the Priest, we should all remember our priests in a special way on this day designated for doing so.
For more information and a complete Planning Guide for Priesthood Sunday, click on the link below:
Our archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot, will again this year be accepting ads honoring priests whom the faithful would like to remember on this special occasion.
For more information, contact Larry Ricardo at the Pilot by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (617) 746-5835.
Be sure “your” priests are included in this special Pilot edition!
June 19th, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI announced that the universal Church will celebrate a Jubilee Year of the Priest, beginning June 19th, 2009, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the death of the saintly Cure D’Ars.
On the forthcoming Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday 19 June 2009 – a day traditionally devoted to prayer for the sanctification of the clergy –, I have decided to inaugurate a “Year for Priests” in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the “dies natalis” of John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests worldwide…
I think of all those priests who quietly present Christ’s words and actions each day to the faithful and to the whole world, striving to be one with the Lord in their thoughts and their will, their sentiments and their style of life. How can I not pay tribute to their apostolic labours, their tireless and hidden service, their universal charity? And how can I not praise the courageous fidelity of so many priests who, even amid difficulties and incomprehension, remain faithful to their vocation as “friends of Christ”, whom he has called by name, chosen and sent?
Read the full letter from Pope Benedict XVI at: Vatican web site:
Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI proclaiming a Year for Priests
Other media coverage of this event can be found at the links below:
Finally, the video below from RomeReports shows the Pope’s speech as he declares the Year for Priests:
Everyone is invited to pray for priests during this special year.
May 25th, 2009
Congratulations to Fr. Dan Hennessey, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Boston and Chaplain of the Serra Club of Boston, on his 7th year as an ordained priest. Fr. Dan was ordained on May 25, 2002.
Fr. Dan is a tireless promoter of the cause of vocations and a great promoter of the Serra Club of Boston. We are truly blessed to have him working in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Congratulations Fr. Dan!