Priest Appreciation 2011

Boston’s Celebration of the Priesthood dinner is this Thursday, September 22, and for the second year, we are inviting you to “shout out” your appreciation to a priest in the comments section of the blog.

The Boston Pilot reports the following about the dinner and fundraising efforts:

On Sept. 22, the Archdiocese of Boston will host the Celebration of the Priesthood, its third annual dinner in recognition of priests, at the Seaport World Trade Center.

The proceeds of the event will directly benefit the Clergy Funds, which supports the health, financial and retirement benefits of the nearly 700 active and senior priests in the archdiocese.

“The Celebration of the Priesthood is an annual event that honors the priests who serve in our parishes, ministries, and communities. They bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to our Catholic family and ask for little in return. We owe it to them to continue to do what we can to raise the critical funds that support the costs associated with maintaining their health and well-being throughout their ministry and into their senior years,” said Father Richard Erikson, former vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archdiocese.

Although BCI still has concerns with the manner in which the Archdiocese treats the presbyterate–including the new 401K-style retirement plan in the works for clergy–BCI has tremendous admiration for the faithful, dedicated priests in Boston who give their lives to God and do so much–particularly in ministry at the local parish level and at colleges, hospitals, and with the poor–to continue the works and saving ministry of Jesus Christ  and to make His name known and loved.

Towards that end, we are asking our readers to do two things today and over the next few days.

First,  we invite you to “shout out” a compliment for a Boston priest via comments on this blog, and spread the word about the priest appreciation “shout out.”   Suggested guidelines for those comments of appreciation can be found below.

Secondly, we invite you to pray this prayer for priests by St. Therese of Lisieux.

Prayer for Priests

O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation
here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.

Guidelines for Shouting Out Appreciation to Clergy

  • You may identify the priest as “Fr. A”, or you can mention his full name.  If a priest’s name is mentioned, that does not mean that the priest should be seen as associated with this blog in any way, that you or the priest is endorsing or supporting this blog, or that the priest is even aware of this blog.  It simply means that someone who knows the priest appreciates the good work of that priest and thought this was a useful venue for expressing that appreciation.
  • You are welcome to include a short sentence or two indicating why you are grateful to this priest.
  • Please post comments only about priests who are in active ministry today or in senior priest status.
  • You can use your real name, first name and last initial, or post anonymously—it does not matter.
  • Responses to comments of clergy appreciation are OK only if you are agreeing with it and saying something positive.  If you have something negative to say about a priest who has been complimented, please do not post it here, as that will force us to moderate and clear every post from that point forward.

Please, no comments on this post about anything other than apprecition for specific priests.

30 Responses to Priest Appreciation 2011

  1. jbq2 says:

    In appreciation for the Reverend William Patrick Leahy, SJ, president of Boston College.

  2. fr bob murray continues his tireless service to God and His people.

  3. Fr. Bill says:

    For all the priests who have been thrown under the Corporate Bus without due process and are still left with their lives and reputations in tatters as their names are published and republished ! These desposed priests have not been consoled or comforted by their Bishop and in some cases their own fellow clergy.

    For those priests and lay persons who collaborated in these actions for whatever their reasons … may God send them the grace to SEE the errors in their actions AND make complete reparation.

    We must all find comfort in the suffering Servanthood (Priesthood) of Jesus, Victim and Priest !

    • DHO says:

      Fr Bill, Well said. My post today was for Fr. Paul McPartland who was wrongly accused! Please keep FP (short for Fr. Paul) in your prayers as well.

    • JUST WONDERING says:

      Fr. Bill:

      “Just Wondering” thanks you for your wonderful response for our brothers who are “disposable”. My prayers join yours.

  4. Mary Reilly says:

    I’d like to “Shout Out” Fr., Ed Reilly (no relation), former pastor at St. Joe’s in Holbrook and now responsible for formation at St. John’s Seminary, Fr. Bill Kelly, and Fr. Philip Merdinger (Brotherhood of Hope) and spiritual director to many fine seminarians at SJS.

  5. therese says:

    Fr. Michael MacEwen, pastor ,Immaculate Conception Marlborough for his quiet,holy and humble leadership of a large, diverse parish. For his support of the parish school, a truly Catholic one, which is also known for academic excellence and compassionate response to the needs of the community…witness the way families from St. Michael’s Hudson were welcomed into the school community at a time of great sorrow for them at the loss of their own parish school.
    Truly a good shepherd!

  6. Appreciative Catholic says:

    Fr. Peter Grover at St. Clements in Boston, for his amazing preaching, that never fails to resonate with those in the pews and inspire them to holiness.

    Fr. Bill Brown with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, along with Fr. Greg Staab, Fr. Jim Doran, Fr. Chris Uhl, Fr. Dan Barron, Fr. Tom Carzon, and Fr. Tim Gallagher.

    The Oblates’ service to Boston Catholics is a tremendous gift and blessing for which I am greatly appreciative and indebted.

  7. DHO says:

    Fr. Paul McPartland, Senior Priest in Residence has continued to serve parishes in greater Boston with grace and dignity through the unspeakable pain of being unjustly accused. May he continue to be the beacon of unquestionable faith and devotion to the Church he is. Love and prayers always, FP!

  8. Dorchester Catholic says:

    The good young Priests of Our Lady of Czechtowa (always spell it wrong)

    Fr. Wieslaw, his preaching on Aquinas is brilliant, and his glee when he blessed all the cars with Holy Water for the Feast of St. Christopher was infectious

    Fr. Andrez, for getting the Organist he has, having the Altar Server use a paten and for solid preaching.

    Parish is T accessible with plenty of parking at Andrew Square if anyone wants to see what I mean.

    I just wish I spoke Polish so I could go to the standing room only masses.

  9. SE says:

    Fr. Kevin O’Leary is priest who comes to mind. Have you been to the Cathedral. He’s to trying make the place come “alive”. Look at the lower chuch, new parish offices, grounds are clean. Now, they have begun work to finally install modern bathrooms in the cathedral. Amazing… He a gift of getting things done.

  10. ACS says:

    Asking for God’s continued abundant blessings for Fr. Christopher Gomes at Our Lady of Fatima in Peabody. Thank you for sharing your great faith & wonderful gifts with us. You speak God’s truth to us, even when it isn’t easy for us to hear and live it. May the Spirit always guide you as you work fervently in God’s service. With gratitude and prayers.

  11. Pewsitter says:

    Father James Rafferty, pastor of St. Paul’s in Hingham, is a gifted priest – holy, hardworking, extremely pastoral. The parish is blessed to have had him at the helm for some difficult years.

    • JUST WONDERING says:

      Pewsitter — I agree with you. Fr. Jim is a truly great Priest and a leader. A man who spoke the truth, paid the price, and is now in our prayers as he continues to do the work of Our Lord and Our Church.

  12. bostonmwm says:

    I’d like to recognize Fr. Mike McNamera and Fr. Tom DiLorenzo for their willingness to exercise what Walter Brueggemann calls ‘prophetic imagination’.

  13. Karen says:

    For all of the priests who post here anonymously for fear of reprisal, thank you for your perseverence. You may not be recognized, but you are appreciated by the faithful and my prayers are with you all.

  14. Fr. Bill says:

    Some of us feel the the negative climate in the RCAB has facilitated the early demise of some clergy … they longed for the peace which is only found in living out God’s Will within a genuine priestly fraternity celebrating the gift of Holy Orders in the service of God’s people … the present attitude is ‘every man for himself’.!

    the life of the Cure’ of Ars was marked by long periods of being alone ! Through his intercession may there be a rebirth of a vibrant priestly fraternity not to be confused with self-centered clericalism.

  15. John M. says:

    To Fr. Alonso Macias, Fr. William Lohan and Fr. Charles Bourque for their contributions to the restructuring of the parishes in Jamaica Plain and Egleston Square. Thank you!

  16. A Grateful Penitent says:

    To Fr. John Ronaghan of St. Ann’s, Wollaston and Fr John O’Brien of Sacred Heart, North Quincy, for reflecting the Merciful Heart of Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in all they do.

    A Grateful Penitent

  17. Alice Slattery says:

    Asking God’s continued blessings upon Msgr. Francis Strahan, pastor of St. Bridget’s Church in Framingham, for his extraordinary dedication to fulfilling the vision of what a true pastor should be and do. Courage and confidence in God’s loving care for each and every parishioner and every student in St. Bridget’s school, are the hallmarks of his pastoral work. He is presently resolved in preparing us for the new translation of the Roman Missal, having us already practicing singing the responses!
    Fr. Mark DeAngelis, our Parochial Vicar, has been constant and inspiring as an assistant to our pastor and has a great gift of communication with the students who come to Mass. He really gets them thinking!!

  18. Little Red Hen says:

    May God strengthen and console every priest of the archdiocese, and especially to Fr. Higgins of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton Upper Falls — a good and holy priest who says the Latin Mass.

  19. naturgesetz says:

    To Fr. Wallace Blackwood, for his continuing devotion to ministry.

  20. Admirer says:

    Msr. Paul Ryan
    Fr. Ed Riley
    Fr. John Currie
    Fr. Paul McNellis S.J.
    Fr. Richard “Dick” Reimann (not sure how to spell his last name)

    Awesome, holy men!

    To all the holy priests out there, thank you so much. We appreciate all those hours you sit and wait for us to come and hear our confessions. We appreciate your thoughtful and challenging homlies. We appreciate all the Holy Masses celebrated with and for us! Thank you for saying yes to God’s call. Thank you for serving us so faithfully! May our Lady be your comfort and Our Lord give you the strength and fortitude for your mission.

  21. appreciative parishoner says:

    Fr, Darin Colarusso, a model priest and fine man

  22. Jack O'Malley says:

    I want to second the kudos to Fr. Higgins of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes. His is the sole Missa Solemnis in the entire Archdiocese. Why is Cardinal “Seán”, actually Seán Cardinal O’Malley, not replicating these Masses, the True Mass, across all parishes of his jurisdiction? If the FSSPX accepts the preamble and is reunited in canonical regularity with the Holy See, then Cardinal O’Malley should invite them here though they would be independent (hopefully) of his jurisdiction.

    Ut unum simus. Et ista unitas solum per Missam Veram. Nonne intelligis, Tua Eminentia?

  23. Matthew says:


    Just to set the record right.
    Mary Immaculate is NOT the sole Missa Solemnis in the entire Archdiocese.
    The Cathedralof the Holy Cross…………the mother Church of the Archdioces has the Latin Mass EVERY Sunday at 11am.
    Many other Churches also have the Latin Mass….East Boston: Peabody: Lawrence ect.

  24. Mr. D says:

    Totally in agreement with the sentiments expressed about Fr. Higgins. Thank God for such a wonderful and dedicated priest. Regarding the FSSP, I’ve heard that they might have some interest in acquiring Holy Trinity. Is that true? If so, why would the archdiocese not welcome them?

  25. Liam says:


    There isn’t enough local demand across all parishes. Some of the TLMs that sprang up in the wake of the MP have been cut back due to sufficient lack of interest.

    Remember, the MP never addressed the issue of lifting restrictions on bination/trination to offer the TLM for very small groups. That failure, which was not rectified in the instruction, has the practical effect (as was noted in several quarters at the time of the MP) of meaning that, where you have limited priestly staff and a full deck of Sunday Masses already on the schedule (that is, the staff is already at its canonical limit), the only way pastorally it’s going to work is if a clear majority of the regular attendees at a given scheduled Mass expresses a desire for the TLM over the reformed liturgy. There’s not many places, in this area at least, where that’s either happening or likely to happen at any time in the foreseeable future.

  26. Mack says:

    Thanks to Fr Larry Corcoran,SJ, a wonderful and holy priest

  27. JohnW says:

    Wonderful priests..where do I begin. certainly Fr Higgins in Newton, Father Armano in Metheun, Father Kiley in Natick (love the way Frs Kiley and Armano hold the sacred host and chalice so high and long during the Consecration), Father Kelly in Dedham, Father Sullivan in Dedham, Fathers Passaro,and Casey and all the retired priests up at Campion. Father Phil in Needham There are many,many more going back to my childhood. We need to pray for them all including Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals and the Pope. Their’s is a heavy burden in this day of age

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