Blessing of Journalists

Springfield, MA
Feb. 25
Event Title
Blessing of Journalists
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Christ Church Cathedral,
35 Chestnut Street,
Massachusetts 01103
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Worship Service
Event Details
The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher, bishop of the The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and The Very Rev. Tom Callard, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral (Springfield, MA), welcome all members of the press – print, television, cable, online and radio – to attend the “Blessing of Journalists” service at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 25 at 35 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA.


Speakers include Bishop Doug Fisher and Jesse Lederman, At-Large Springfield City Councilor. The First Amendment to the Constitution will be read in addition to readings from Scripture. Prayers will be offered for journalists locally and around the world. The service is open to all who support the work of the free press and value this fundamental element of our democracy. The idea for the service came from Bishop Doug Fisher. “Now, more than ever,” Fisher said, “we must support those who chronicle our times with integrity. Freedom of speech is the law of the land, and journalists of every medium exercise that right for the common good.”

The Bishop’s Award will be given to a local journalist who demonstrates excellence in bringing local and national concerns to the people of Western Massachusetts. This year’s recipient is Mr. Wayne E. Phaneuf, Executive Editor of The Republican, who recently retired after fifty years of service to this community. His career at the paper began in 1969. Over the past fifty years, Mr. Phaneuf’s work has had a demonstrable impact on the life of our community. During his tenure the paper emerged strong in the print-to-digital transformation. In 2018 Phaneuf received the Yankee Quill Award, the highest award given to journalists in New England.

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