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  • Cardinal ordains five men on Vigil of Pentecost

    SOUTH END -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordained five men at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, May 23, who later shared the thoughts they had during Rite of Ordination to the Order of Presbyter. On the Vigil of Pentecost the Archdiocese of Boston welcomed Fathers Anthony M. Cusack, 29; Andrea Filippucci, 28; Christopher L. Lowe, 59; Peter L. Stamm, 29; and Sinisa Ubiparipovic, 28, to their new vocation.

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  • Cardinal, newly confirmed, celebrate 'the rush of a wild wind'

    SOUTH END -- With the participation of members of various ecclesial movements and faith communities, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrated the Vigil Mass of Pentecost, welcoming to the fullness of the Church 25 new members through the Rite of Confirmation, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross May 23.

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  • Boston to host first March for Life

    BOSTON -- For the first time ever, Boston will host its own March for Life this summer. Previously termed the Walk to Aid Mothers and Children, the annual pro-life event, has undergone a name change and focus shift. The main focus now will be on witness and advocacy, much like the March for Life in Washington D.C. Organizers have also planned a new route and hope to attract more young marchers.

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  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help -- Mission Grammar School at 125

    Through the vision of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the commitment of the Redemptorist Fathers, Our Lady of Perpetual Help -- Mission Grammar School has been a leader in education in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston for 125 years. This year, the school is celebrating this milestone in its history with a new school leader and even a stronger commitment to ensuring the scholars are on the road to college!

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  • Holy Cross Fathers and Brothers: Largest ordination class in recent memory

    Father Thomas J. O'Hara, CSC, provincial superior of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers, presented the six deacons for ordination during the afternoon. Mass, and at the Celebration of Lucernarium on Friday prior to ordination, he shared these words with the ordinandi in the presence of their family, friends, and fellow priests and brothers: "You will have the deep privilege to help people see our God more clearly in their lives as you administer the sacraments ... it is surely an awesome privilege ... never lose that sense of awe at any point in your lives of having the privilege of celebrating the Sacraments and presiding at the Eucharist. God loved you from the moment He created you ... and all the days that lie ahead in your lives."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday (5/14), I celebrated the Boston College High School Baccalaureate Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. It was a full cathedral, with over 300 graduates and, I would estimate, there were somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 people at the Mass. BC High has celebrated their Baccalaureate Mass at the cathedral for the last few years and we were very happy to have them there again. The choir from the school performed for us. It was very beautiful. Jonathan Shea, who is Father Joe Raeke's nephew, spoke at the end of Mass. He gave a beautiful testimony of faith.

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  • 15 earn Theological Institute degrees

    BRIGHTON -- Fifteen graduates of the Theological Institute for The New Evangelization received degrees May 19 in the 2015 class of the Master of Arts in Ministry and Master of Theological Studies program, during a commencement ceremony at St. John's Seminary with Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and rector Msgr. James P. Moroney.

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  • Spring Celebration raises $1.1m to support Catholic Charities

    BOSTON -- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston raised more than $1.1 million to fund the agency's programs and services that support more than 200,000 people in need throughout Eastern Massachusetts, May 13, at its annual Spring Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Dorchester.

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  • Judge orders vigilers to leave closed Scituate church

    SCITUATE -- Norfolk County Superior Court judge Edward P. Leibensperger ruled the vitgil at the former parish St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Scituate an act of trespass, May 14, and gave the former parishioners who have been holding an 11-year vigil 15 days to leave the property.

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  • Pentecost -- The birthday of the Church

    Pentecost is sometimes referred to as the birthday of the Church, but what is it and where does it come from? The Acts of the Apostles recounts that nine days after the Ascension of Jesus into heaven, the Holy Spirit came down on the Apostles and Mary in the form of tongues of fire, and they began preaching fearlessly to those in the streets.

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  • Forming the Future -- Walnut Park Montessori School

    Children at the Walnut Park Montessori School in Newton know that one can never be too young to make a difference in the world. The school, which teaches children ages 18 months to six, "has a very strong emphasis on peace," according to Nancy Fish, the school's headmaster.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday (5/7), I celebrated the annual Catholic Schools Foundation Scholars Mass at the cathedral. This year, the scholars and their families almost fill the cathedral. Afterwards we had a reception. It's always very nice to have a chance to meet the students and their families and it is a way of recognizing their commitment and hard work. We are very grateful to all of those who support the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, which provides the scholarship money for these young men and women and that allows us to make Catholic education available to many who otherwise would not be able to afford it.

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  • Judge orders vigilers to leave closed Scituate church

    SCITUATE -- Norfolk County Superior Court judge Edward P. Leibensperger has ruled May 14 that former parishioners holding a vigil at a former parish in Scituate are trespassing and gave the former parishioners 15 days to leave the property.

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  • Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

    A jury in Federal court in Boston has sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death on six counts related to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. The jury had deliberated for over 14 hours over the course of three days.

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  • Father Barron inspires priests at annual convocation

    NORWOOD -- Speakers at the annual priest convocation spoke about the challenging nature of the priesthood in current times, May 6, at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood. Father Mark O'Connell, judicial vicar and adjunct faculty member at St. John's Seminary, introduced the keynote speaker Father Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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  • Network spreads word of procedure to reverse RU-486 abortions

    BRAINTREE -- With an increase in the use of abortion medication in recent years some potential mothers have decided to stop the abortion process part-way through, and now have the support of a growing network of doctors and healthcare professionals intent on remaining available around the clock.

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  • Sister Prejean tells Boston jury Tsarnaev told her of regret for victims

    BOSTON (CNS) -- Sister Helen Prejean, the death penalty abolition advocate, told a jury May 11 that convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev expressed remorse in discussions with her. Sister Prejean, the Sister of Saint Joseph of Medaille and author of, "Dead Man Walking," said during the defense's portion of the sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's trial that she had met with him five times since March. In their conversations, she said, he eventually discussed his feelings about the victims of the April 15, 2013 bombing that killed three and left more than 260 people injured.

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  • Local Jesuit priest in Nepal shares account of devastation

    BRAINTREE -- A Jesuit of the United States Northeast Province who also serves as director of the Boston College Nepal Program witnessed the devastation of the April 25 earthquake that rocked Nepal, and the province began posting his communiques to their website www.jesuitseast.org within days.

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  • Quincy Catholic Academy flourishing in first 5 years

    Quincy Catholic Academy has enjoyed tremendous success since it first opened its doors in September 2010. But that doesn't mean that the staffers there are ready to rest on their laurels. With the school's five-year anniversary swiftly approaching, Principal Cathy Cameron is confident that the school, which educates students in preschool through grade 8, can reach even greater heights.

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  • Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Anthony Cusack

    This is the final installment in the series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23, 2015. To read the other profiles in the series, please visit TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • The Congregation of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception

    We are a pontifical apostolic institute of women religious founded in 1904 by the Right Reverend Monsignor Lucian Bojnowski in New Britain, Connecticut. As pastor of Sacred Heart Church, a predominantly Polish-American Catholic community, he recognized the need to provide basic social services to the growing Polish immigrant families in New Britain, especially the care of orphans. He called upon the women of the parish to help and eight women from the Society of the Children of Mary who became our founding Sisters responded to the call. Later on, a safe and secure home was established, Our Lady of Rose Hill Orphanage in New Britain, CT.

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  • R.I. conference seeks 'robust understanding' of Pope Francis

    PORTSMOUTH, R.I. -- Pope Francis' style and leadership have been popular topics since his election over two years ago. On the eve of his first papal visit to the United States, those topics are receiving even greater attention from Americans and will be addressed at a conference held at the Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island June 19-21.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Friday evening (5/1) we gathered for vespers and dinner with the college seminarians and our seminarians who are studying English as a second language. I always enjoy these opportunities to get to know our seminarians better.

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  • Gala celebrates work of Sisters of St. Joseph

    BRIGHTON -- Approximately 400 friends, former students, and supporters of the Sisters of St. Joseph attended the second annual Living the Dream dinner held on April 30 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. For 141 years the Sisters of St. Joseph have educated countless students. In the year 2015, they continue with enthusiasm and dedication to "connect neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God" within the Archdiocese of Boston and beyond. The event raised over $630,000 to support the Sisters and their ministries.

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  • Boston's 'media nuns' celebrate centennial with upcoming events

    BOSTON -- The Daughters of St. Paul, a congregation of women religious dedicated to living and communicating Christ through the media, celebrate the centenary of their foundation this year. The sisters have had a special relationship with the Archdiocese of Boston ever since Richard Cardinal Cushing invited them to establish their novitiate and publishing house in Boston in 1959. The Pauline sisters are familiar throughout the archdiocese and the country for their work of evangelizing with the media.

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  • Catholic school teachers inspire, lead

    This week, schools around the country celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. There are 3,407 teachers in the Archdiocese of Boston who teach 39,447 students. While all deserve to be thanked and praised, the following are profiles of three teachers whose stories are echoed in schools throughout the archdiocese.

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  • Forming the Future: Ursuline Academy peer ministry

    Once from Ursuline, always from Ursuline. Speak to a current student or graduate from Ursuline Academy in Dedham, and they'll likely attest to the truth of that statement. "The bonds of sisterhood that are formed here run very deep," said Julie Griffin-Carty, director of alumnae relations at Ursuline Academy and a 2005 graduate of the school. "There is a very special bond that is forged while a student here that never really leaves you."

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  • Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Andrea Filippucci

    This is the fourth installment in the series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23. As a child, Deacon Andrea Filippucci lived what he considers an idyllic life. Born in Rome, the 6th child of 11, his family relocated to Perugia, Italy, where the parents worked as lay missionaries as part of the Neocatechumenal Way. He can recall many fond memories shared with his parents and siblings.

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  • Massport honored for support of Laboure Center

    Catholic Charities Laboure Center in South Boston held its 33rd Annual Spring Benefit on April 30 to celebrate the organization's contribution to the community. The event was held at John Hancock Financial in South Boston's Seaport District and featured the presentation of the Jack Shaughnessy Service Award to the Massachusetts Port Authority, in recognition of its support of the Laboure Center.

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  • Edmund Rice Christian Brothers at Catholic Memorial

    The Edmund Rice Christian Brothers opened Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury in September 1957, but the story of the Brothers started in Waterford, Ireland in 1802 when Blessed Edmund Rice responded to a need. Edmund, a wealthy businessman, was moved by countless young boys who had nothing and had no hope of advancement. He established a school to educate, a bakeshop to feed and a tailor shop to clothe boys in desperate need. Edmund turned over his financial resources to educate boys and thus provided them with a solid foundation for their futures.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week, the American Cardinals dinner, the annual fundraiser for the Catholic University of America, was held in St. Louis. The dinner this year was a great success, raising over $1 million for scholarships to CUA. As always, the evening begins with a Mass, and this year it was celebrated by Archbishop Robert Carlson in the very beautiful cathedral basilica of St. Louis. I would certainly say it is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in United States.

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  • What does the Church teach on capital punishment?

    For centuries, the Catholic Church understood capital punishment to be a legitimate tool of the secular state to punish criminals convicted of heinous offenses. Criminals were even executed in the Papal States and capital punishment was legal in Vatican City State from 1929 to 1969, though no executions took place during that time. In fact, the last execution to take place in the Papal States was in 1870, under the reign of Pope Pius IX.

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  • Capuchin Friars: Making the commitment to consecration in Boston

    In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis has declared 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life. Pope Francis has asked the Church's brothers, sisters, and priests to "wake up the world" by sharing their faith, hope, and holiness through their testimony about their experiences living a consecrated life.

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  • Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Peter Stamm

    This is the third installment in the series profiling each of the five men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 23. For as long as Deacon Peter Stamm can remember, he has been drawn to the priesthood. Even while he was in elementary school, he said he "was very fascinated with the priest at the altar and I wanted to be close to that."

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  • New head of Catholic Citizenship seeks to expand reach

    The new head of Catholic Citizenship plans to focus on informing more Catholics and engaging more young Catholics in Massachusetts. Agatha Bodwell of Sandwich, appointed in mid-April, said she hopes to help local Catholics to live their faith completely in every aspect of their life and to connect with others who are doing the same.

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  • Irish Pastoral Centre: A hidden jewel that's about to shine brighter

    The Irish Pastoral Centre is something of a hidden jewel in the Archdiocese of Boston. But if executive director Megan Carroll has her way, that's about to change. Carroll, who marked her one-year anniversary on the job April 15, said the IPC -- which is located at 15 Rita Road in Dorchester -- was "pretty much on autopilot" during the two years prior to her arrival, when it was without an executive director, even though it was under the strong leadership of board Chair Sheila Gleeson and the day-to-day operations were being handled by Kathleen Rohan. She said this small but dedicated staff, including chaplain Father John McCarthy and Sister Marguerite Kelly, kept it going with the help of the board of directors.

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  • Sister Disciples continue eucharistic mission in Boston

    BRAINTREE -- As one of their own reached a landmark in her service this month, the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master continued their mission of prayerful and physical support for the priesthood and the spread of the Gospel centered on the Eucharist.

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