Above, Kim Janey sworn in as acting mayor of Boston; ‘Today is a new day’

Sister Tess Browne shares the following reflection and insights from Boston:

The last 48 hours have been times of prayer, history-making, truth-telling; gratitude, hope, and recommitment in Greater Boston. Sisters, Associates, staff, and Charity family, in this time of continued loss and isolation, we give thanks and find reasons to hope.

Watch “Interfaith Service of Grief and Hope – A COVID-19 Memorial” on YouTube

So good to do this, especially as communities of color in Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, and Quincy have been hard hit. Quincy Interfaith Network (QIN) initiated and led a virtual Interfaith Prayer Service, with the magnificent support of Quincy Access TV (QATV). QIN was founded two years ago to provide a space for faith-based public witness to social justice, and support in Quincy. Tess Browne, SCN, was a founding member and continues on the Steering Committee.

Simultaneously, State Representative and Quincy resident, Representative Tackey Chan and Norfolk County DA Michael Morrissey were leading a forum on anti-Asian racism. Representative Chan was a student of Sisters of Charity of Nazareth at the former St. Ann’s school in Wollaston (Quincy neighborhood).

Representative Tackey Chan, left

On the steps of First Church Quincy, facing City Hall Plaza, every Thursday for several months, a diverse group of Quincy residents continue to give silent witness in support of Black Lives Matter, and against all forms of racism. On Saturday, April 10, there will be a special stand-out in solidarity with the Asian-American community.

Yesterday was a multi-layered historic day in Boston: Her Honor Mayor Kim Janey (first Black mayor, first woman mayor, after 51 white male mayors), Chief Justice Kimberley Budd, and Congresswoman Amanda Pressley.
Kim Janey was sworn in as acting mayor of Boston