SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For nearly 60 years, the Chalice of Salvation has provided western Massachusetts Catholics with a spiritual program every week. For much of that broadcast history, Passionist Brother Terrence Scanlon has been a part of that experience.
The weekly televised Mass, airing every Sunday morning at 10:00, has been on the air since 1957. Scanlon said that the show was put on the air to provide a religious service for people who are unable to attend Mass in person, such as shut-ins or people in the hospital. The program still serves that purpose for thousands of viewers.
Scanlon himself is both host and executive producer of the show, a role that he has held for nearly 20 years. He has been associated with the show for even longer than that, celebrating 35 years of involvement with the program. He does not plan on retiring from it anytime soon. Scanlon told 22News he plans on continuing in his role as executive producer for years to come.
Brother Terrence Scanlon told 22News, “It’s one of spiritual renewal for the people for the shut ins, that’s basically the reason for the program to bring a religious service into the homes of the homebound.”
The Chalice of Salvation now broadcasts every week from the Holy Spirit chapel on the grounds of St. Michael’s cathedral.
Brother Terry said he would hope to remain an integral part of this long running broadcast service for many years to come. The cross at Holy Spirit chapel is the same one first used for the chalice debut in 1957.