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Boston bids farewell to Bishop Deeley

Bishop Robert P. Deeley receives a pair of L.L. Bean boots from his fellow members of the Order of Malta at the reception following the Feb. 9 Mass to bid him farewell as he prepared to become the next Bishop of Portland, Maine. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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BOSTON -- After years of service here as a priest, canon lawyer, and vicar general, the Archdiocese of Boston said goodbye to Bishop Robert P. Deeley at a Feb. 9 Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, as he prepared to be installed as the next Bishop of Portland, Maine Feb.14.

The Mass at the cathedral was concelebrated by more than two dozen priests and auxiliary bishops and attended by many of the bishop's friends and family. He had previously gathered for a Mass of Thanksgiving with his co-workers at the archdiocese's Pastoral Center Jan. 29.

Delivering opening remarks at the Mass, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley thanked the bishop for his years of service in Boston and abroad, on behalf of the archdiocese.

"I did want to have this opportunity to, first of all, acknowledge the Deeley family, who have given the Church two fine priests, and for all of their faith and support for the archdiocese. We are so grateful to Bishop Deeley for his generosity and his service here in the archdiocese in so many different ways," Cardinal O'Malley said.

The cardinal thanked Bishop Deeley for his service as a pastor in the tribunal, as an auxiliary bishop, as vicar general, and for his work in Rome, when he served as an expert in canon law with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith between 2004 and 2011.

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