Óscar Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, delivered the keynote address. He told attendees that in preparing his remarks for the evening he was reminded of a homily given by Pope Francis.
“When Pope Francis was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, during the Feast of St. Cajetan, for whom there is great devotion in Argentina, and speaking to those individuals who were carrying the image (of the saint) in procession, the then-Cardinal Bergoglio said to them, ‘When someone ‘lends his shoulder’ to that which is close to the heart, so close that one directly feels the weight, one finds his place in life. When we ‘lend our shoulders’ to the needs of our brothers and sisters, then we experience with amazement and appreciation that Other who lends his shoulder to us.’”
‘This evening, all of you, dear friends, do not simply participate in the formation of future priests with your material assistance, but you “lend your shoulder(s), because you lend your heart(s),” the cardinal said.
To thank Bishop Fenwick Society (BFS) members for their steadfast generosity, and encourage others to join, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr hosts an annual thank-you dinner. The Bishop Fenwick Society is a devoted giving society made up of benefactors who give $1,000 or more, annually, to fund Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West and The Athenaeum of Ohio. For more information on how to become a BFS member please contact Mr. Kyle Isaack at [email protected]