Raising Funds for 2 Boston Seminaries

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 seminary@rmsboston.org.

4 Responses to Raising Funds for 2 Boston Seminaries

  1. Discipulus Dei says:

    I’m surprised to see BCI shilling for the neocatechumenal way. This movement, while somewhat supported by our two most recent popes, has proven to be inimical to the mission of the Church. Many pastors have complained of how divisive it is, and of the fact that while it purportedly brings people to the Church, what it really does is to set up a parallel Church structure, with a different style of worship, and with an understanding of theology that is often at variance with the Magisterium.

    If BCI feels comfortable supporting such a movement, one may be led to question BCI’s motives.

    • Discipulus Dei,

      Thanks for your comment. There are no BCI motives in promoting the event, and we regret if our post incorrectly suggested some motive or agenda on the part of BCI.

      We know the movement has been supported by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Perhaps this article helps cast the movement in appropriate balance: Pope offers support, caution for Neocatechumenal Way. Here is an excerpt from the article:

      Pope Benedict—who has regularly joined in the annual commissioning ceremonies—expressed his appreciation for the lay movement in his remarks to this year’s meeting. He said:

      For more than forty years the Neocatechumenal Way has been contributing to the revitalization and consolidation of Christian initiation in dioceses and parishes, favoring a gradual but radical rediscovery of the riches of Baptism, helping people to savor divine life, the heavenly life which the Lord inaugurated with His incarnation, when He came among us and was born like one of us.

      The Pope also drew attention to the official approvals that the Neocatechumenal Way has received from the Vatican: first for its internal statutes, and then for its own “Catechetical Directory of the NeoCatechumenal Way.”

      Pope Benedict cautioned, however, that these “seals of ecclesiastical approval” should be a reminder that the lay movement should work within the framework of the Catholic hierarchy, “in filial obedience to the Holy See and the pastors of the Church.” Underlining that point, the Pontiff said that the movement should “insert itself into the harmony of the ecclesial body.”

      “In this light,” the Pope said to the members of the Neocatechumenal Way, “I exhort you always to seek profound communion with pastors.”

      • Discipulus Dei says:


        Thank you for your response. I’m aware of the Pope’s cautioned endorsement of the neocatecumenal way. However, I’m also aware of many of the tensions they’ve caused around the world and in the RCAB. For instance I’m sure you’re aware that the Japanese bishops wanted to eliminate the neocatechumenal presence in Japan, because they found them to be divisive. The holy see intervened and I believe a compromise is still being tested out

        As far as RCAB, it’s interesting that pastors on both ends of the theological spectrum are hesitant to welcme this movement into their parishes both because of the absurd level of time commitment that this movement requires of pastors that host it, and also because of how they tend to be a divisive and polarizing force in the parishes. It is my understanding also that while they seem to retain men after ordination, There is about a 60% rate of attrition among their seminarians.

  2. anonymous says:

    Raise funds for the pension plan. Forget the seminaries.

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