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Ministry under duress: a sympathetic look at a priest coping with tragedies

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Sep 09, 2013

The Boston Globe offers a moving profile of a priest who faced multiple challenges in the wake of the Marathon bombing in April.

Father Sean Connor—who was a police officer before becoming a priest—was chaplain to the Boston police department, so he was called immediately to the scene, to witness the chaos and the bloodshed. He was pastor of a church in Dorchester, where his parishioners included many police and firefighters—and the Richards family, who saw one child killed and another badly injured by the bombs. At the same time an old friend, a priest who moved into his rectory to recuperate after cancer surgery, was losing his battle with the disease. His mother had just moved into a nursing home. And Father Connor himself was suffering with persistent neck pain that would eventually require surgery. The Globe’s sympathetic account explains how the priest juggled his responsibilities and coped with tragedies.

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