'Thursday (3/1), we had a farewell Mass and reception to thank Jim McDonough for his service as chancellor of the archdiocese.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
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That evening (2/26), I had dinner with John Garvey, who was in Boston to give a talk to students at Harvard University's Catholic Center. He was accompanied by his vice president for institutional advancement, Ken DeDominicis. John Garvey is the president of the pontifical Catholic University of America and many will remember that he was formerly the Dean of Boston College Law School. He is an outstanding Catholic layman. During the dinner we had a chance to discuss with him the HHS contraceptive mandate and other situations in our country.
Visit to Bay State Correctional
On Monday (2/27), I went to visit Bay State Correctional Center, a medium security facility in Norfolk. With us was Deacon Jim Greer, who heads our prison and hospital ministries; Father Tomas, a young Polish Jesuit who was helping out there; Sister Ruth, a lay Dominican sister who is the chaplain there; and Deacon Dave from St. Jude's parish who also helps out at the prison. We had an opportunity to have lunch with some of the staff and volunteers. Afterwards, we celebrated Mass with the inmates.
Meeting with Chai Ling