Father Benedict Groeschel addresses the guests of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts' President's Council Dinner Dec. 3 at The Harvard Club of Boston. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo
BOSTON -- Thomas More College of Liberal Arts welcomed Father Benedict Groeschel and three experts on language and liturgy to speak as part of a day-long event before their annual President's Council Dinner, Dec. 3 at the Harvard Club of Boston in the city's Back Bay.
In the evening, a fellow Franciscan helped Father Groeschel, a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in 1987 and director of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York, into a high-backed chair as he took the stage during applause from the crowd in the 500-seat Harvard Hall.
He began the keynote address speaking on the subject of a transition between the social upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s and a movement toward more open governance in the current times, detailing his views on what the Church can expect in the future. His keynote address outlined a sense of optimism for people of faith, despite the complications caused by secularization in the United States.
"The United States has moved, more and more, to a more genuine -- genuine -- democratic society, which is much more tolerant of its different members," Father Groeschel said, opening his talk.