Boston Friars Remember Marathon Victims

Maria Hayes Friar News

BOSTON — One year after bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the friars at St. Anthony Shrine offered special Masses to remember the victims of the tragic event.

The commemorations at the Downtown Crossing ministry center began with a Mass for first responders on April 14, the day before the anniversary. Christopher Keenan, OFM, chaplain of the Fire Department of New York, served as celebrant.

The next day, the friars marked the one-year anniversary with a special Mass by the Shrine’s executive director Thomas Conway, OFM. The liturgy “remembered and prayed for the deceased and all those in need of continued healing,” according to the Shrine’s website. Joseph Quinn, OFM, pictured, gave the homily.

“Joseph preached a great homily on healing,” said Brian Cullinane, OFM. “He emphasized the bravery and strength of all involved on that Marathon Day last year and talked about ‘Boston Strong.’

“The Mass was attended by a good number of people and had very special music — ‘Be Not Afraid,’ ‘The Lord is My Shepherd,’ ‘Beautiful City,’ and, the final song, ‘Go in Peace,’” Brian added. “It was a very special celebration.”

In accordance with the Shrine’s annual tradition, the friars held a blessing of the Marathon runners during all Masses the day before the marathon, held on Patriots’ Day. That Sunday, April 20, was also Easter Sunday.

 Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province. Brian Cullinane, OFM, provided photos from the Masses.