"Follow me and I will make you fishers of men..."

« Back to All NewsVery Reverend James A. Flavin, President Emeritus of the Saint John Vianney Center and Episcopal Vicar of the Central Region for the Archdiocese of Boston shares his time between working with priests to help them stay happy, healthy and holy, as well as being with the people of God in the city of Boston. One of the projects Fr. Flavin has been working on upon returning to Boston has been the building of a new church, Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine, of which he will be Rector.

The Boston Globe recently published an article about the opening of the shrine. The shrine incorporates windows and furnishings from the old chapel and from nearby parishes that have closed. Cardinal O’Malley shared that keeping the strong nautical theme of the seaport town for the shrine “it feels like a ship, a symbolic representation of a journey through life, and a spiritual journey. “ One stained-glass window in the shrine features St. Peter, the founder of the church and a fisherman, holding a scroll with the words Jesus used to call his disciples: “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”

The shrine will be open 12 hours a day so visitors can find respite in the daily rush. Priests will also be available in the afternoon if people just need someone to talk to. Fr. Flavin hopes this sacred space can help people find ways to connect with one another in the community and to serve one another and that it offers the city of Boston a renewed spirit of faith.

See the full Boston Globe article by Lisa Wangness, Globe Staff, April 21, 2017.

Fr. Jim Flavin speaks on behalf of the Saint John Vianney Center at dioceses and religious communities worldwide on trauma and topics of wellness. For more information on Fr. Flavin, additional members of our professional speaker network, and our educational programs for Clergy and Religious, contact us at 888.993.8885.