Saturday evening (3/3), The New England Philharmonic with the Chorus pro Musica, the Providence Singers, the Boston Children's Chorus presented the War Requiem at the cathedral. We had a full house of almost 2000 people there. This was a wonderful follow up to the concert that was presented at the cathedral last month by Ronan Tynan. These cultural events afford the opportunity to invite people into the cathedral.
I was asked to make some welcoming remarks, so I took the opportunity to speak a little bit about what Holy Cross Cathedral is for us and also some of the activities that are carried on there: the two schools; the Cathedral Cares program, which provides health screenings and other care; the food pantry; the various ministries to the Hispanic and Ethiopian community; and St. Helena House. I also spoke about the creation of the Rollins Square housing development which was developed through the Archdiocese's Planning Office for Urban Affairs. The Rollins Square development has provided affordable housing for many moderate and low income families. All of this is just part of the life of the cathedral, but the main reason we are there is to give witness to our faith in God and to work to build a civilization of love.
Msgr. Helmick anniversary
Sunday night (3/4) I was very pleased to have dinner with Msgr. William Helmick to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination. I had been in Papua New Guinea on the date of his actual anniversary, and I did call him from there, but I wanted to have the opportunity to celebrate with him in person.
Visit with president of St. Thomas More College
On Monday (3/5) I was visited by the president of St. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, Dr. William Fahey. St. Thomas Moore is a small Catholic college in Merrimack, New Hampshire, where the traditions of the Church and spiritual formation are upper-most in their curriculum. They are planning to expand into the archdiocese and Dr. Fahey came to share some of their plans with me. We are very happy with the prospect of their coming to the archdiocese. This is just one of the ways that the college is expanding. St. Thomas More College has acquired Sophia Press, which provides a great service to the Catholic community by publishing many of our spiritual classics, as well as Crisis Magazine. I was very pleased that the college has taken on these ministries.
Meeting about Haitian nursing school