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Cardinal Sean O’Malley Blogs on CRS

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley (far right), chats with (left to right) Rev. J. Bryan Hehir; Joan Neal, CRS executive vice president for U.S. Operations; and Maureen McCullough, CRS Northeast regional director. Photo by Archdiocese of Boston.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the only blogging American cardinal we know of, writes this week about his meeting with Catholic Relief Services’ U.S. Operations staff. Joan Neal, our executive vice president for U.S. Operations, and Maureen McCullough, CRS’ Northeast regional director based in Philadelphia, met with Cardinal O’Malley earlier this week to brief him on the work of CRS.

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Joan Neal, CRS executive vice president for U.S. Operations (left), and Maureen McCullough, CRS Northeast regional director. Photo by Archdiocese of Boston.

Also at the meeting was the Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, who at one time served as counselor to the president of Catholic Relief Services. Fr. Hehir was also in the news this week when it was announced that he would leave his post as president of Catholic Charities of Boston so he could work more closely with Cardinal O’Malley. His replacement? Another CRS alum: Tiziana Dearing, who most recently had been executive director of Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

Cardinal O’Malley shared some very kind words about the work of CRS, particularly in the area of serving people with HIV and AIDS. Here are some excerpts from “Cardinal Sean’s Blog:”

They were coming to us about promoting the works of CRS and also the general education of Catholics on social teachings. So much of the work of CRS is to raise people’s consciences of the Church’s commitment on social justice at the international level.

They have a number of wonderful programs. We spoke particularly about the participation of the archdiocese in the rice bowl that CRS sponsors every Lenten season.

I encouraged them to be in touch with our campus ministry people as well as Catholic Television and The Pilot so we could help Catholics in Boston get to know the programs they have.

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