BOSTON: Saint….?

I am in Boston.

Guys from BC picked me up at the airport.  Being a Gopher Hockey kind of guy, I was a little conflicted about that.  They won me over with a nice supper at a place with a view. Alas, I click the photo after they turned off the big lights at Fenway.


Then off to Cambridge where I am staying.   Once settled, we headed out for a beer and to see something of the area.

I am puzzled… who is this saint?

I looks a little like… nah… couldn’t be. It be the whole, how to put it, vortex of flights I’ve endured…


Havin’ some fun in Bean Town.


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  1. campello says:

    They should have taken you to his pub, The Four’s. No view though.

  2. The Masked Chicken says:

    I was in Boston two years ago for a conference. There is a really good church (at least it seemed that way from the limited time I spent there) across the street from the Berkelee School of Music.

    The Chicken

  3. Darren says:

    Saint Robert of Orr? ORRA pro Nobis!

    Only in Boston…

  4. Jacob says:

    Saint-Voris de Detroit

  5. lucaslaroche says:

    Boston! Pft! You should come to Worcester, Father, that’s were the fun’s at!

    But in all seriousness, I’d recommend you check on the Saint Benedict Center in Still River, Massachusetts. They’re a full community dedicated to the Extraordinary Form, with daily Mass and a school they run.

  6. TNCath says:

    He looks almost like a Christian Brother with a very 70’s, John Davidson hairstyle. I must confess that he looks a little creepy.

  7. acardnal says:

    Michael Voris? No. Donald Trump? Perhaps. Liberace? Definitely.

  8. pelerin says:

    It looks a bit like a certain Mr Voris!

  9. stilicho says:

    He seems to be missing his pencil.

  10. LarryW2LJ says:

    Can’t resist – St Elsewhere ?

  11. iPadre says:

    You probably know this already, but, the original St. Benedict Center was directly across the street from St. Paul’s.

  12. yatzer says:

    St. Liberace? Probably not.

  13. disco says:

    It ain’t St Roch I can tell you that much.

    John Harvard’s does have decent beers though.

  14. Jim R says:

    I believe the miracle of flight is attributed to St. Robert. I do hope you bared your head in respect….

  15. Supertradmum says:

    Wow, same hairdo. Wow. John Harvard Pub–the jokingly called Bobby Orr Window.

  16. LarryW2LJ says:

    BTW, Fr. Z – should you get the chance to visit Fenway Park while you’re there, look for two sets of initials in Morse Code on the American League scoreboard. They are the initials of Tom (TAY)and Jean Yawkey (JRY), the Red Sox owners from 1933 – 1993. The Amateur Radio operator part of me thinks that’s really cool.

  17. VexillaRegis says:

    Stephen Fry?

  18. Ann Roth says:

    That would be “NUMBER 4! BOBBY ORR!!! SCORES!” (roar of the crowd……) Or at least that’s how I remember it. :)

    I grew up closer to Worcester but spent more time in Boston as a young adult. So much fun….and I used to go to St. Anthony’s Shrine at 100 Arch St. for daily Mass during Lent (maybe not every day but more than normal). Anyways, it was a very simple, no frills Mass. Around midday there were several Masses in a row so you could pop in almost anytime and catch one. I will never forget it and have always wondered about how little I knew yet I knew enough to go to Mass as often as possible. I have no idea how orthodox or unorthodox they were or are. It doesn’t matter as I didn’t know anything except that I should go to Mass. I did, grace received and there is still hope for me. Still running the race…. Deo gratias.

  19. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Boston has lots of Irish and there is a saint associated with Ireland named St. Wigbert. Just sayin’

  20. ajemiand says:

    Bobby Orr

  21. frater says:

    I would guess the saint is Saint Severinus of Norcium.

  22. JonPatrick says:

    To follow up on lucaslaroche’s post, there are actually two chapels in Still River offering the TLM, in addition to St. Benedict Center there is st. Ann’s house with a gorgeous little chapel, populated by a wonderful group of traditional Sisters.

  23. Bea says:

    His brother must have led you there.
    St George’s feast day was yesterday, right?
    But, where’s the candelabra?

  24. Brian K says:

    Its either Eduard Khil Dub (Russian trolololo singer) or Voris. Has anyone ever seen Eduard Khil Dub and Voris together? I’m jus’ sayin’…

    (Maybe someone needs to do a Trololo version of the Vortex.)

  25. kellym says:

    Might get a few raspberries for this, but you can’t leave the area without a quick trip to Revere Beach and Kelly’s Roast Beef! It’s one of the things I miss having relocated to the Bay Area.

    I used to visit St. Anthony’s on Arch Street for Mass on Holy Days of Obligation and confession. The confessionals were great – pull aside the heavy velvet curtain, kneel down and the kneeler depressed slightly to allow a dim little light to come on in the box. I’d never seen anything like it before. I went specifically for the anonymity factor. Now of course, I’m a bit older and see the value of a personal confessor.

    In terms of architecture, stop by St. Paul’s in Harvard Square. I used to attend Mass there when I worked in the Square and fell in love with the stone interior. The parish itself is a little moonbatty for my taste though.

  26. Charivari Rob says:

    I’m sorry I missed the advance notice on today’s Mass, Father Z. Would’ve been nice to be there, as St. Mark is one of my patrons (and today is my folks’ wedding anniversary). I ended up being home sick from work today, though, and if I were fit to be anywhere I’d be at school tonight.

    You’re in for a treat with the boys from the choir school. I was able to be at one of their Christmas programs this past year – excellent.

    Are you staying in the area past tonight? Any other appearances or events – maybe a pub stop Friday?

    If you’re out and about, sightseeing, I would strongly recommend visiting Our Lady of Victories (Isabella Street in the Bay Village area of Boston). Underrated, secret beauty of a church. You could amble a few blocks from there over to Chinatown for a good meal. I’m not up on which places are best rated these days, but I’m sure there are readers who have informed opinions on the subject.

    Masked Chicken – you’re thinking of St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine. Home of the OMV Fathers, I think. In fact, I think it’s one of their formation houses. They have perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, and I believe they also staff the wonderful St. Francis Chapel (and tiny religious items store) in the nearby Prudential Center.

    St Clement’s is a nice building. If I recall correctly, it was actually built as an Anglican church and the acquisition was arranged decades ago by the then-Archbishop (I think it was during Cushing’s time).

  27. Glen M says:

    The Pride of Parry Sound.

  28. Hieronymus says:

    Ha! I have had a few beers in there! John Harvard’s pub.

    Enjoy, Father.

  29. James says:

    In all seriousness, that looks like St. Eugene de Mazenod, founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. They are big in the Boston area and up around Lowell. If so, I’m guessing this was taken at St. Clement’s Eucharistic Shrine, which is an Oblate shrine.

    Either that or a 70s game show host.

  30. James says:

    Scratch that. The Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMVs) are at St. Clement’s, not the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMIs), which are in Lowell. Massachusetts has an abundance of oblates I guess.

  31. Charivari Rob says:

    I didn’t look closely at the cityscape photo before, Father. Nice view, indeed. Top Of The Hub, or BC Club?

  32. Joe in Canada says:

    I’m guessing a Christian Brother. Unless that’s an iPad he’s holding, but no one who eats of the Apple will be saved, I have heard. The halo is bothersome with the ‘cross’ on it – that is reserved for Jesus in traditional iconography both western and eastern.

  33. John Fannon says:

    Liberace – the first name that came to mind.

  34. tmitchell says:

    Dear Chicken, et. al.,

    You are most likely thinking of St. Clement’s Eucharistic Shrine run by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, on Boylston Street (Unless you like same-sex ‘marriage’ affirming masses, in which case you are thinking of St. Cecelia and I will pray for you). St. Clements is a Perpetual Adoration chapel run by the WONDERFUL, ORTHODOX OMV. Next to St. Clements is Our Lady of Grace Seminary, which is responsible for the formation of the OMV Seminarians. The Oblates also run the St. Francis Chapel in the Prudential Center, which is a Perpetual Adoration Chapel IN A MALL (and also has a mulititude of Masses throughout the day and offers constant opportunities for Confession) the coolest thing this side of talking movies. It’s like the St. Anthony Shrine but incredibly orthodox.

    Ven. Pio Bruno Lanteri, ora pro nobis!

  35. LarryW2LJ says:

    Fr. Z!!!!!!

    You cropped out the hockey stick! ;)

  36. Charivari Rob says:

    Looks like I was off on some of the background on St. Clement’s. It had been a Unitarian Church (not Anglican) and was acquired by Cardinal O’Connell (not Cushing). Archbishop Cushing was particularly involved in it becoming a Eucharistic Shrine, though.

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