David O'Neill

 

Web Editor and Director of Marketing

 

David is studying Philosophy and Political Science, and trying to figure out the best response to the question: What do you plan on doing with degrees in Philosophy and Political Science? He is also is the web editor, which means he is to blame for broken links. Feel free to reach out to him regarding website issues, or answers to give to the aforementioned question.

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01

May

2019

An Interview with Archbishop Timothy Broglio, BC '73

Archbishop Broglio leading evening prayer onboard the USS Iwo Jima.
Archbishop Broglio leading evening prayer onboard the USS Iwo Jima.

by David O'Neill

 

On April 17, The Torch had the honor of corresponding with the Most Reverend Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services. A Boston College alumnus himself, the Archbishop now leads the most geographically diverse American Catholic diocese; his flock extends across several continents, and his ministry requires extensive travel to reach them. This month, he spoke to The Torch about his undergraduate experience at BC, his challenges and blessings as a bishop, and his hopes for young Catholics.

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Wed

01

May

2019

Relics Rescued as Notre Dame Cathedral Burns

by David O'Neill

 

On April 15, the world watched as the Cathedral of Notre Dame burned. The Cathedral—whose construction began in 1260­­—caught fire at 6:20 P.M. Security guards could not locate a fire at the time, but the evening Mass for the Monday of Holy Week was called off and the church was evacuated. Twenty-three minutes later, the fire was seen­­­­ burning between the stone vault ceiling and the lead roof. The flames had invaded a lattice of over 1,300 extremely flammable wood beams, which dated back to the Middle Ages. The fire burned for five hours as 400 firefighters attempted to quell the flames and rescue sacred artifacts from within the church. French authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

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Wed

01

May

2019

A Pilgrim’s Progress: The Mission Church

Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
The Altar of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

by David O'Neill

 

 

Pilgrim's Progress is a new feature highlighting sites of interest for Catholics in the Boston area. 

 

A few weekends ago, I found myself near Fenway with no plans. After making an unsuccessful trip to a very busy Isabella Steward Gardener Museum, I opened up Google Maps in an attempt to discover something else nearby—and I noticed how close I was to Mission Hill. The neighborhood is named for the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help­­, also known as The Mission Church. Seeing that they had Saturday Confessions (which I needed) and a vigil Mass, I made it my mission to set out towards the basilica.

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Thu

28

Feb

2019

Massimo Faggioli and Rafael Luciani Discuss Global Catholic Church

by David O'Neill

 

On January 30, the Irish Room in Gasson Hall found itself with more guests than seats for a talk entitled “Global Catholicism.” The speakers were Dr. Massimo Faggioli and Dr. Rafael Luciani. The event was put on by the College Theology Society, and co-hosted by the School of Theology and Ministry and the Theology Department in the Morrissey College.

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

Faculty Panel Addresses Clerical Abuse

by David O'Neill

 

On Monday October 15, the auditorium in McGuinn was filled for a panel titled “Catholic Belonging in a Time of Scandal.” The panel was co-sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center, the Jesuit Institute, and the Theology Department. This panel consisted of Boston College Professors Stephen Pope, Marina McCoy, Richard Gaillardetz, and Kerry Cronin.

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Saint of the Issue: Augustine of Hippo

by David O'Neill

 

On August 28th, the Church celebrated the Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo. As the patron saint of sore eyes, his invocation usually becomes necessary around this time of the semester as the amount of reading increases.

 

Augustine was born in 354 in a small Roman city called Tagaste, in present-day Algeria. His mother Monica was a Christian, and his father was a pagan.

 

 

At the time, infant baptism was not a common practice of the Church. As a boy, Augustine became perilously ill and his mother wanted to baptize him, thinking he was about to die. However, he recovered, and his family decided against baptizing him out of fear that the sins he committed after baptism would make him more guilty than those committed before baptism.

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Thu

03

May

2018

Mass Attendance at Record Lows for US Catholics

by David O'Neill

 

According to a recent study by Gallup, which has tracked Mass participation in American Catholics since 1955, attendance at Sunday Mass has fallen to an all-time low across age groups. The poll consisted of a simple question: Has the interviewee attended a church service in the past seven days?  

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Wed

28

Mar

2018

Holy Saturday: The Harrowing of Hell

by David O'Neill

 

Growing up, there was a line of the Apostles' Creed that always puzzled me, and it became even more puzzling to me after the retranslation of the Mass in 2011. As a child I remember praying “…died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day…” In my limited knowledge of the faith, I thought I understood what “descended to the dead” meant; it must have just been a restating of the earlier “died and was buried”, Christ was dead from the point of His crucifixion to His resurrection. However, I didn’t know what Christ did for this period of His death, and as a child this question never surfaced itself. However, in Advent of 2011, we implemented a new translation of the liturgical texts that better reflect the Latin. This includes the Apostles Creed. No longer did we profess that “He descended to the dead”; the new translation reads “…died, and was buried. he descended into hell; on the third day…”.

 

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Tue

27

Feb

2018

Blessed Paul VI to be Canonized This Year

By: David O'Neill

 

On February 6, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Pope Paul VI. The approval of the second miracle was the last step in the process of his canonization—all that is left is for Pope Francis to officially decree his approval and set a date.

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Wed

31

Jan

2018

Boston College Students Participate in 45th Annual March for Life

by David O'Neill

 

On January 19, fourteen students from the Boston College Students for Life Club joined hundreds of thousands of other pro-life activists from across the country for the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands of participants joined to protest the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in all 50 states. In recent years, the pro-life movement has expanded to include advocacy against euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and the death penalty. However, with an estimated 60 million children’s lives lost through abortion since the 1973 decision, legal protection of the unborn remains the most pressing pro-life issue.

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17

Dec

2017

Christmas at the McMullen Museum

by David O'Neill

 

 

The 6.1 inches of snow that Boston received two weekends ago made the perfect setting for a Christmas celebration. Amidst the snowy fields of Brighton Campus, the McMullen Museum hosted their annual holiday celebration on Saturday, December 9. Members of the BC community—students, professors, alumni, and children of all ages— came for the free event, which provided a great study break for BC students. It was also an opportunity for visitors to view fall semester’s three beautiful exhibitions, which closed to the public the next day, December 10.

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Wed

29

Nov

2017

Vatican Holds Conference on Human Trafficking

by David O'Neill

 

Though it is impossible to procure exact numbers (most estimates range between 25 and 46 million), it is understood that the amount of people in slavery is likely at an all-time high. Not only that, but it is a growing industry. According to the International Labor Organization, human trafficking is a $150 billion-a-year industry. Recognizing this crisis as an attack on human dignity and a grave moral crime, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences hosted a workshop with the Global Alliance for Legal Aid. The workshop brought together human trafficking survivors, clergy, religious, and international lawyers all focused on one common goal: the eradication of human trafficking. The goal of the workshop was to formulate a “Victims Charter”, a document that would clearly lay out the rights that victims have and give a framework for reintegration into society. The founder of the Global Alliance for Legal aid, a US based association of lawyers that provides legal help to third world countries, talked about the need to focus on helping victims after they are liberated as well as before. She was quoted in an article by Catholic News Agency as asking, “How is this person going to restart their life?”, noting that victims are often left with a “slew of problems” such as mental trauma, physical impairments, poor education and lack of employable skills.

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Thu

26

Oct

2017

The Tragic Impact of Hugh Hefner’s Legacy

 

by David O'Neill

 

On October 27th, Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Magazine, died at age 91. A leader of the sexual liberation movement, the damage that Hefner has incurred on American Society is unfathomable. It is a frightening thought to imagine how many souls were led into a state of sin by viewing his magazine.

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Thu

26

Oct

2017

The Intersection of the Secular and the Sacred in Fifteenth Century Music

 

by David O'Neill

 

On Thursday, October 21, the Jesuit Community and the Music Department welcomed members of the BC community and music aficionados from greater Boston to for a night of timeless music. Held in Saint Mary’s Chapel, audience members filled in for a performance by Blue Heron, the world-renowned renaissance ensemble directed by Scott Metcalfe. Titled “Ma maistresse: Songs, Masses & a Motet for My Lady,” the concert featured the works of the well-known Renaissance composers Johannes Ockeghem, Johannes Regis, and Firminus Caron, and Barbingant.

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Tue

26

Sep

2017

Prayer: The Angelus

by David O'Neill

 

The bells booming from Gasson Hall ring across campus every day from 8 AM to 8 PM. Ringing every fifteen minutes, it is easy for them to slip into the back of our minds as just another part of life here at Boston College.

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Tue

26

Sep

2017

“Ever to Excel” Plan Will Strengthen Catholic Identity

by David O'Neill 

 

At University Convocation on August 30th, Boston College announced a new ten-year strategic plan. The new plan, titled “Ever to Excel: Advancing Boston College’s Mission,” is the fruit of a two-year institutional study and reflects input from all facets of the BC community. The plan outlines four emphases that the committee has decided will work to strengthen BC’s mission. From the outline of the plan, it is clear that one of the main goals is to sustain and strengthen the Catholic, Jesuit identity of the college.The introduction states that “Boston College is committed to being…a Catholic university, called in a particular way to be a meeting place between faith and culture, especially between Catholicism and contemporary society; and a Jesuit university, heir to a spirituality based on the religious experiences of St. Ignatius Loyola that continues to influence Jesuit schools and Catholicism, and the 470-year educational tradition of the Society of Jesus, which stresses the liberal arts, character formation, a rigorous approach to learning, and striving for the greater glory of God.”

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