In his address, Archbishop Sambi thanked attendees for supporting the Redemptoris Mater Seminary and encouraged continued prayer for vocations. Pilot photo/ Gregory L. Tracy
RANDOLPH -- For Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, the value of Redemptoris Mater seminaries for today's Church can be likened to a source of life-giving water.
Recalling remarks he made in his first homily after becoming a bishop, Archbishop Sambi said the Church in each place can be seen as a small lake.
Unless that lake is fed by a flow of water, both in and out, it begins to shrink and stagnate. Through their charism which is both diocesan and missionary, the Redemptoris Mater Seminaries can be like that flow of water for a diocese, he said.
"It's at the center of diocesan values and missionary values," Archbishop Sambi told The Pilot.
"A diocese open to the universality of the Church is a diocese that will acquire vitality and progress in the future," he added.
Archbishop Sambi, along with local businessman and philanthropist Jack Shaughnessy, was the guest of honor at the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary's Second Annual Gala Dinner May 15 at the Lantana in Randolph, an event attended by about 350 people.
Father Antonio Medeiros, rector of the Boston seminary, discussed how Redemptoris Mater seminaries help to answer Blessed John Paul II's call to holiness through the New Evangelization.