BCI would like to let you know about 2 fundraisers for local Boston seminaries taking place over the weekend of May 14-15. BCI is aware of the good work being done at both of these seminaries and believes their efforts are worthy of financial support.
Neither of these organizations has requested publicity from the blog. We are doing this entirely on our own because we feel they are worthy causes.
Oblates of the Virgin Mary Seminarian Scholarship Dinner and Auction: Saturday, May 14
The Oblates of the Virgin Mary is a religious order founded by the Venerable Bruno Lanteri, who was born on 12 May 1759. The Oblates came to the United States (and specifically Massachusetts) in 1976 and opened the doors to Our Lady of Grace Seminary in 1978. They staff St. Clements Eucharistic Shrine in Boston (the only location for perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in Boston) as well as the St. Francis Chapel in the Prudential Center, and also operate the St. Joseph Retreat House in Milton. Their priests often help out at Boston parishes. Since their arrival in the U.S. the congregation has expanded into Colorado, Illinois, California, and the Philippines.
Their Seminarian Scholarship Dinner is on Saturday, May 14, 2011. It starts with cocktails & a silent auction at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner & a live auction at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the dinner are $75, or $100, including 3 raffle tickets. For tickets or more information, click here.
Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary Annual Dinner Honoring Papal Nuncio Archbishop Pietro Sambi: May 15
Redemptoris Mater Seminaries seek to prepare priests for the New Evangelization, and they were inspired by Blessed John Paul II. Redemptoris Mater is Latin for “Mother of the Redeemer.” The first Redemptoris Mater Seminary was opened in the Diocese of Rome in 1987. Today there are 87 Redemptoris Mater Seminaries in the world on five continents, and 5 in the U.S.–one of which is in Boston and opened in 2005. To date, more than 2,000 men formed in these seminaries around the world have already been ordained to the priesthood.
According to this description of a radio program recently aired on WQOM 1060, “Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary is the least-known and newest of Boston’s three archdiocesan seminaries [the other diocesan seminaries being St. Johns and Blessed John XXIII], but it is currently forming one-third of the archdiocese’s seminarians. The 18 men come from around the world to become archdiocesan priests with missionary hearts, who will serve in Boston or in the missions at the local ordinary’s discretion.
The Redemptoris Mater Seminary Boston (RMSB) seminarians receive their academic formation primarily at St. John Seminary, but their pastoral, spiritual, and human formation of the Neocatechumenal Way at RMSB. The 18 RMSB seminarians currently live in the former rectory at St. Lawrence in Brookline, which was originally built to accommodate 7 or 8 people.
On Sunday, May 15, the 2nd annual gala dinner to benefit RMSB will be held at the Lantana Restaurant in Randolph at 5pm. Last year they honored John and Margarete McNeice. This year, the dinner will honoring Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, and local businessman Jack Shaughnessy.
The priests interviewed for the radio program said of Archbisohp Sambi:
“He is in a position of great importance for the Church in the US because of his role in helping the selection of bishops. It is an honor for the seminary and for Boston. This is his first speaking engagement in Boston since being appointed to the US in 2005.”
“He has a first responsibility as ambassador of the Pope to the United States in a diplomatic role. But he also has a great role in the Church in the United States as a point of reference for the bishops of the US, being a point of contact for them. And he has a responsibility to gather the names of potential candidates for bishops to forward to Rome for the eventual selection by the Holy Father.”
Those who closely followed the sexual abuse crisis in 2002 and the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law will remember that Cardinal Law met with then-Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo in December of 2002 to discuss resigning before he went to Rome and his resignation became official.
We think the Papal Nuncio is worth hearing live, and Jack Shaughnessy has done so much outside of the limelight to support Catholic causes in Boston that he is well worth honoring as well.
Tickets are $160. For more information, contact Christine Ohman at 617-959-3596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.