The Congress will begin the day with Mass presided by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, OFM with music by the Archdiocesan Black Catholic Choir. Over 24 workshops in English, Portuguese and Spanish will be offered throughout the day. The keynote speaker at the Archdiocesan Catechetical Congress will be Bishop Richard Malone.
Bishop Richard Malone, a native son of Salem, Massachusetts, is the 11th Bishop of Portland, Maine. A graduate of Saint John's Prep, Danvers and Saint John's Seminary, Boston, Bishop Malone was ordained in 1972 by Cardinal Humberto Medeiros. In 1981 then Father Malone earned his Doctorate in Theology from Boston University and in 1990 his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge. Bishop Malone was Professor of Theology at Saint John's Seminary and chaplain at Harvard University. He was named Director of the Office of Religious Education in 1993 and later appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education for the Archdiocese of Boston. In March, 2000 he was ordained Bishop and appointed Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Boston, South Region. Bishop Malone was installed as Bishop of Portland, Maine on March 31, 2004. He is a member and immediate past Chair of the Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis for the United states Conference of Catholic Bishops.