Fr. Jerome Day, O.S.B., Gives Benediction at Martha Coakley’s Inauguration
January 22, 2007
Fr. Jerome Joseph Day, O.S.B., offered his benediction to a crowd of 600 during Martha Coakley’s inauguration ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 17. Fr. Jerome joined his friend and former classmate as she was sworn in as Massachusetts’ first female attorney general. During the ceremony at the North Adams Museum of Contemporary Art, Fr. Jerome recounted fond memories and prayed for God to give Coakley “insight and skill.”
Both natives of North Adams, Martha Coakley and Fr. Jerome Day attended elementary school together — “friends from the get-go” says Fr. Jerome. The Drury High School classmates were also debate teammates; Coakley said debate helped stoke her interest in the law. Fr. Jerome is pastor of St. Rafael’s Church and assistant professor of English at Saint Anselm College.
Fr. Jerome recalled when as first graders they dressed as saints on All Saints Day; he was Saint Joseph and she was “dressed as Saint Martha of Bethany holding a feather duster because she was the patron saint of all those who clean up.” Martha had been cleaning up Massachusetts for years as Middlesex district attorney, Fr. Jerome said, and will continue to do so as attorney general.
“You have blessed with intelligence and knowledge. Give her now the insight and skill to defend and protect the citizens of this great and noble state under the laws enacted by their Legislators.” — Invocation by Fr. Jerome Joseph Day, O.S.B.