Read the Vermont Catholic article covering the appointment of these missionaries in Rome 
Msgr. Routhier reads from the Bull of Indiction 
Promoting Reconciliation in the Diocese of Burlington

At the beginning of Lent, four clergy members from the Diocese of Burlington were selected by Bishop Christopher J. Coyne to be installed by His Holiness, Pope Francis, as Missionaries of Mercy at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. On Ash Wednesday, the Holy Father sent forth these and other representatives from around the world, to be agents of God's mercy in a particular way, outlined in his Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae Vultus.  (p. 18)

Missionaries of Mercy are to be:

  1. a living sign of the Father's welcome to all those in search of His forgiveness
  2. facilitators for all, with no one excluded, of a truly human encounter, a source of liberation, rich with responsibility for overcoming obstacles and taking up the new life of Baptism again;
  3. guided by the words, "For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all";
  4. inspired preachers of Mercy;
  5. heralds of the joy of forgiveness;
  6. welcoming, loving, and compassionate Confessors, who are the most especially attentive to the difficult situations of each person.

The Missionaries are to be invited by Bishop Coyne, to give missions or facilitate specific initiatives organized for the Jubilee, with particular attention given to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where the Holy Father has granted these Missionaries the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See.

 For more information about these Missionaries of Mercy, please contact the Chancery here.

Msgr. Peter A. Routhier 

Msgr. Peter A. Routhier was ordained to the priesthood on June 17, 1978.  He has served in numerous parishes including Assumption of the BVM, Middlebury; St. Monica, Barre, St. Stephen, Winooski; the Cathedral Parishes in Burlington.  He was the director of the Liturgy Office for the Diocese.  He has served on numerous boards and committees, and has served as Vicar General, Vicar for Vermont Catholic Charities and now is Vicar for Clergy.  He was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008.

Rev. Luke P. Austin

Rev. Luke P. Austin was ordained to the priesthood on June 26, 2010.  He also received his JCL in 2010.  He has served at Corpus Christi Parish in St. Johnsbury and now is Pastor of Nativity of the BVM-St. Louis in Swanton.  He serves a defender of the bond in the marriage tribunal and as Chairman of the PBF Board of Advisors.

Rev. William R. Beaudin

Rev. William R. Beaudin was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1982.  He has served in numerous parishes around the diocese, including St. Francis de Sales in Bennington; St. John the Evangelist in St. Johnsbury; St. Augustine in Montpelier; Holy Cross in Morrisville; Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ludlow; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Middlebury.  He earned an STL from the John Paul II Institute in Marriage and Family, Washington, DC.  He has served as the Director of the Permanent Diaconate Program and on numerous committees.

Rev. James E. Lawrence 

Rev. James E. Lawrence was ordained on May 23, 1970.  He has served as a faculty member at Rice Memorial High School and as a parish priest at numerous parishes, including Christ the King, Rutland; St. Mary’s, Springfield, Sts. Donation and Rogation Church, Randolph; Annunciation of the BVM, Ludlow; St. Alphonsus Parish, Pittsford and Our Lady of Seven Dolors, Fair Haven.  He was granted Senior Priest status in 2013 and now serves as Chaplain at Loretto Home in Rutland, Vermont.

All but two Jubilees are to be held at 3pm EST, at Saint Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington - the location of the Holy Door of Mercy. Exceptions are the June 18th Jubilee for Priests and Seminarians to be held at 10a.m. at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, and the July 17th Jubilee for Families to be held at St. Anne's Shrine, Isle la Motte @ 12:15pm.

Opening Ceremony of the Jubilee of Mercy

Here Msgr. Peter A. Routhier reads from the Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae Vultus, during the Opening Ceremony of the Jubilee of Mercy on December 13, 2015.

Reconciliation: The Everlasting Grace of Forgiveness

Diocesan Emblems

To signify and promote the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the diocese of Burlington, you will notice this emblem on many confessional booths throughout the state, in assurance that God's mercy, as ever, in waiting for those who approach the Sacrament this Jubilee year. 

The Light is On



“The Light Is On for You” is an initiative of the Diocese of Burlington to allow all Catholics to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Confessions will be held diocesan wide on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. at your local parish. Please contact your parish for more information, and please download this guide to the sacrament of Reconciliation to reflect upon beforehand.

"The Light Is On for You" was a program originally developed by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington, and has been adopted by many dioceses throughout the conference in the United States. 

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