BOSTON — On April 15, when he learned that two bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon, Father John Wykes grabbed his holy oil and sprinted for the finish line. He encountered two police officers at the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue, two blocks from the blast site. He identified himself as a priest and showed them the holy oil.
Trying to clear the area, one of the officers told Father Wykes to get back. Separately, his brother priest, Father Tom Carzon, also rushed to the site with oils and was also turned away. Both are members of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and live at St. Clement's Shrine, three blocks from the finish line.
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