Olga, Benedict and Mary: Hermits in Boston

On May 29, 2008, Sean, Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, travelled to Regis College for the profession of an archdiocesan Hermit — Mary Jane Doherty. Mary Jane is special assistant to the President of Regis College. She has a long and close association with both the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Trappistine Sisters and number of them were present for the ceremony.
Mary Jane
“Since the Second Vatican Council, a number of forms of consecrated life have been recaptured from our historic past. The permanent diaconate, the consecration of virgins and the vocation of hermit are all examples. In our diocese, we have a number of consecrated virgins, and now we have three hermits. I had another profession of a hermit, a Newton man named Brother Benedict Joseph Connelly, on Wednesday. The first hermit in the archdiocese was Sister Olga Yaqob [ http://moleski.net/cac/Mother_Olga_Yaqob ], whom I’ve mentioned in previous posts.”

Br Benedict’s vow as a hermit was:

“I, Brother Benedict Joseph Connelly vow to Almighty God, and into your hands, Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., to live poverty, chastity and obedience for life, according to my personal rule as a hermit. May the grace of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Holy Mary, Mother of God, St. Joseph, St. Bruno, and all the angels and saints be my help all the days of my life.
With joy I seal this covenant of solitude, prayer and penance, in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”


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