9/22: The 3rd Annual "Celebration of the Priesthood"

Harvard Knights at the Annual Celebration of the Priesthood: (From L. to R.) 
Br. Christopher Oppermann, Grand Knight; Br. Anthony Bonilla, Social Chairman and Liaison to the Harvard Daughters of Isabella; Br. James Holt, Deputy Grand Knight; Seán Cardinal O'Malley; Rev. Michael Drea, Pastor of St. Paul Parish and Harvard Council Chaplain; and Br. Juan Carmona, Financial Secretary.

On September 23, 2011, Brother Officers of the Harvard Knights of Columbus had the opportunity to attend the third "Annual Celebration of the Priesthood," hosted by the Archdiocese of Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center in BostonAs reported in The Pilot, America's oldest Catholic newspaper: "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."

Rev. Robert Reed, President of CatholicTV, served as emcee; in addition to His Eminence, whose speech is linked here, other speakers included the event co-chairs, Douglas and Joanie Kingsley, the Executive Director of Clergy Benefits for the Archdiocese of Boston, Joseph D'Arrigo, and an inspirational theology teacher and football and swimming coach at Catholic Memorial School, Christopher Boyle.

An estimated 1,700 individuals were in attendance, 
and over a million dollars was raised to benefit the clergy.