Program #0539 for Wednesday, July 3, 2013: A Missionary Bishop from Boston in Honduras

July 3, 2013

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Bishop Maurus Muldoon, OFM

Bishop Maurus Muldoon, OFM

Today’s topics: Missionary Bishop from Boston in Honduras

Summary of today’s show: Bishop Maurus Muldoon, OFM, the retired bishop of Juticalpa, Honduras, joins Scot Landry and Fr. Matt Williams to talk about growing up in Dorchester, becoming a Franciscan, and then being sent to Central America in 1966 where he served until retiring as bishop in 2012. Bishop Muldoon tells our listeners about traveling with Pope John Paul II on his first pastoral visit around Central America soon after the bishop’s episcopal ordination and thereafter always being known to the Pope as “the Franciscan bishop from Boston in Honduras”; the tense political and social conditions in Honduras and El Salvador that several times required he leave an assignment for his own safety; and the development of the Church in Juticalpa from near non-existence to relatively thriving with priests and seminarians, religious orders, a hospital, schools, and other institutions when he left. Along the way, we also hear some anecdotes about Christopher Columbus High School in Boston and Pope John Paul II’s pastoral opinion on a dispute over First Communions at St. Joseph Parish in Holbrook.

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Today’s host(s): Scot Landry and Fr. Matt Williams

Today’s guest(s): Bishop Maurus Muldoon OFM, retired bishop of Juticalpa, Honduras

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