The procession was headed up by an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some of the parishioners from Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston, where Bishop Hennessey was pastor for 12 years, carried the traditional roses to be placed in front of the image in the sanctuary.
Its something thats a constant reminder of ones vocation and mission in the Church.
The ring that I wore was one that my father gave me, and its a simple silver band.
They are also looking forward to sending a group to Sydney for the next World Youth Day.
The program is an important way of involving young people in the life of the Church and preparing peer ministers.
I am sure you have been busy as well during this preparatory time of Advent. 12 was a wonderful time for us to be celebrating the ordinations of the new bishops. Its Our Lady of Advent, Our Lady who is carrying the Christ child in her womb and who told Juan Diego to tell the bishop that she wanted him to build a church. The line of priests processing into the Cathedral stretched down the block The bishops who attended the ordination As you can see, the Cathedral was packed Having a large number of Hispanic parishioners and a large number of the youth representing the parishes of Bishops Hennessey and Dooher brought a great energy to the celebration. Mary Parishs Life Teen program in Dedham, where Bishop Dooher had served as pastor for a decade.
The parish has done an extraordinary job with the Life Teen program, sending over 100 youngsters to World Youth Day in Germany last year.
Following is the text of my homily as well as my comments directed to the Hispanic community: My brother bishops, priests and deacons, fellow religious, seminarians, knights and ladies, friends, families, parishioners of our newly appointed bishops, visitors and very dear friends, its such a joy to welcome all of you to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for this ordination.The ecumenical and interfaith community blesses us with their presence here today.Last evening in the chapel at the rectory, it was my happy privilege to witness the oath of fidelity and profession of faith of our new bishops. Now one of them was a graduate of Boston Latin School.Inscribed on it are Marys last words in the Gospel, Quodcumque dixerit facite or Do whatever He tells you.When I was given the ring I am wearing now by the Pope Benedict XVI for my elevation to cardinal, I had the same words printed on here.