Cardinal Sean O’Malley Visits Somerville 

By William Tauro 

This past Saturday afternoon, Cardinal Sean O’Malley and over one hundred invited guests attended the 5th annual fundraiser to benefit “Sharing the Vision of St. Jeanne Jugan at the Jeanne Jugan Home (Little Sisters of the Poor) that’s located on Highland Avenue.

Jeanne Jugan, a Saint for the elderly poor and is the foundress and first Little Sister of the Poor. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1982 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009.

Jeanne Jugan gave herself entirely to God and the elderly poor. As our aging population continues to grow and dignity at the end of life is increasingly threatened, Jeanne Jugan offers herself as a friend and patron of the elderly. Jeanne is a friend of God and a hero for the poor.

The Little Sisters have two major fundraisers each year, their annual Christmas bazaar which is the biggest and the best in the greater Boston area, and this annual dinner. 

This year Cardinal Sean O’Malley was the guest of honor saying Mass and giving the Invocation before dinner.

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley was born June 29, 1944 and is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church serving as the Archbishop of Boston. O’Malley is a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, commonly known as the Capuchins.

O’Malley was elevated to the cardinalate in 2006. He was considered a papabile contender to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned on February 28, 2013, until Pope Francis was chosen on March 13, 2013.

On April 13, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal O’Malley as one of eight Cardinals of the Council of Cardinal Advisers to help the Pope govern the Catholic Church and reform its central administration.

On January 14, 2017, Pope Francis appointed O’Malley as a full board member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Many volunteers helped with this year’s event and thanks to the sponsors all proceeds raised went directly to enhancing the quality of life for the residents of the home.

A special thanks to the SHS culinary arts students that volunteered their time to serve the food and clean up after the event.

Former Somerville Mayor Gene Brune, Former Alderman Grace Abruzzi, Alderman Bill White, Alderman Bob McWatters and Alderman Dennis Sullivan were the Somerville elected officials that attended the event. 

Susan Fontano Tom Bent, Sal Casparrello and Somerville News Week Publisher Bill Tauro were also invited guest in attendance at the event.

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