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He hoped for Hawaii after a posting in Iraq, but the Rev. Richard M. Erikson's career path has led back to Boston. Cardinal Sean O'Malley's new number two talks about life on the Catholic Church's front lines.

''When I left Boston in 1999, I was in an honorable profession,'' the Rev. Richard Erikson says. ''And now I come back and priests are looked on by many with suspicion. So that's difficult.''
''When I left Boston in 1999, I was in an honorable profession,'' the Rev. Richard Erikson says. ''And now I come back and priests are looked on by many with suspicion. So that's difficult.'' (Photo by Tanit Sakakini for the Boston Globe) Photo by Tanit Sakakini for the Boston Globe
By Michael Fitzgerald
June 18, 2006

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The Rev. Richard M. Erikson, the new vicar general of the Archdiocese of Boston, is coming home. The 47-year-old, who served until recently as a lieutenant colonel and staff chaplain in the Air Force, was once an altar boy at St. Luke's of Belmont. He graduated from Watertown High School, Saint Anselm in New Hampshire, and St. John's Seminary in ... (Full article: 994 words)

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