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  • Local group prepares to head to World Youth Day

    BRAINTREE -- Even as World Youth Day 2013 was coming to close in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Archdiocese of Boston's Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support has been busy planning for next worldwide gathering of Catholic youth to be held next month in Krakow, Poland.

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  • St. Julia Parish steps up to aid local refugees in need

    WESTON -- Responding to Pope Francis' message of mercy in this Jubilee Year, parishioners from St. Julia Parish in Weston and Lincoln donated approximately $69,000 to Catholic Charities of Boston to help keep four locally residing refugee families from becoming homeless.

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  • Religious Brothers celebrate jubilees

    Seventieth Brother Bonaventure Scully, CFX Brother Bonaventure entered the Xaverian Brothers from his native Baltimore on February 15, 1946. His ministry in education began at St. John Preparatory in Danvers, and continued at St. Xavier High School, Louisville, Ky. and Xaverian High School, Brooklyn, N.Y. His administrative responsibilities started as Principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wheaton, Md., and continued later as Director of Schools for the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Memphis, then as Rector at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.. Brother Bonaventure was the first President of NARB (National Assembly of Religious Brothers) now called Religious Brothers Conference. Brother is retired and resides at Xaverian House, Danvers.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Before sharing information about my events and activities of the past week, it must be recognized that our nation continues to recoil from the horror of the killings that took place in Orlando. As the names of those whose lives were taken during the attack were made known and family members and friends shared their grief, our shock at the unprovoked killings gave way to recognition of the depth of the loss. In particular, the gay and lesbian communities in Orlando, here in Boston, throughout the United States and throughout the world were understandably devastated by this targeted assault. The archdiocese shares in their sorrow and concern. There is no place in the Church or society for hate and vilification of any person or group of persons. All people are created in the image and likeness of God, blessed with the gift of human dignity that calls for our respect and love.

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  • Concert will mark cathedral organ's 140th year

    SOUTH END -- It's been 140 years since the E. and G. G. Hook and Hastings organ in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross was dedicated, a milestone that will be celebrated during the cathedral's annual Organ Birthday Concert, held June 19.

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  • The Pilot honored with Catholic Press Awards

    BRAINTREE -- The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada announced June 3 that The Pilot received four awards in its annual Press Awards competition, including placing second for General Excellence among weekly diocesan newspapers with a circulation of 25,000 copies or fewer.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    That evening (Friday, June 3rd), I departed for Rome to attend meetings with the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father. On Saturday, the day I arrived in Rome, the Holy Father published his motu proprio "Like a Loving Mother," which clarifies the existing norms already in place for abuse cases, particularly with regard to negligence on the part of bishops, eparchs and religious superiors.

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  • Pope names two new auxiliary bishops for Boston

    BRIGHTON -- Following the Holy See's early morning June 3 announcement that Pope Francis named Father Robert P. Reed and Father Mark O'Connell auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Boston, the archdiocese introduced the two new bishops-elect to the media at a press conference held at St. John's Seminary the same day.

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  • Bishop-elect Reed biography

    Bishop-elect Robert P. Reed was born on June 11, 1959 in Boston, MA. He is the son of the late William and Jeanne Reed and Charles Boland and the youngest of five children, William, Richard, Dr. Kenneth and Nancy.

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  • Bishop-elect O'Connell biography

    Bishop-elect Mark O'Connell was born on June 25, 1964. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1990. Born in Toronto, Canada of American parents, his family returned to Massachusetts when he was 12 years old. His father, Thomas who passed away in 2013, was a University Librarian first at York University in Toronto and then at Boston College. His mother, Margaret, lives at Bethany Health Center in Framingham.

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  • Archbishop Chaput keynotes Redemptoris Mater Seminary gala

    NORWOOD -- Redemptoris Mater Seminary's Seventh Annual Gala Dinner honored Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, and Father Kevin J. O'Leary, rector of Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross, during an event that brought together priests, seminarians, and parishioners from local Boston parishes, June 2.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first class of permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Boston. It was Cardinal Medeiros who initiated the first program and who ordained these men.

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  • Bishop-elect Reed biography

    Bishop-elect Robert P. Reed was born on June 11, 1959 in Boston, MA. He is the son of the late William and Jeanne Reed and Charles Boland and the youngest of five children, William, Richard, Dr. Kenneth and Nancy.

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  • Bishop-Elect O'Connell biography

    Bishop-Elect Mark O'Connell was born on June 25, 1964. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1990. Born in Toronto, Canada of American parents, his family returned to Massachusetts when he was 12 years old. His father, Thomas who passed away in 2013, was a University Librarian first at York University in Toronto and then at Boston College. His mother, Margaret, lives at Bethany Health Center in Framingham.

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  • Pope names two auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Boston

    BRAINTREE, MA -- The Holy See announced June 3 that Pope Francis has named Father Robert P. Reed and Father Mark O'Connell, JCD as Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Boston. Bishop-elect Reed is President and CEO of iCatholic Media and Cabinet Secretary for Catholic Media. Bishop-elect O'Connell currently serves as Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Vigil at closed Scituate church ends

    SCITUATE -- For the first time in nearly a dozen years, St. Frances X. Cabrini in Scituate stands vacant. Former parishioners spent 4,234 days occupying the building in protest of its closure by the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • PACE to cease operations at end of month

    WORCESTER -- The Board of Directors of Parents Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) announced May 28 that it will cease operations and dissolve the corporation effective June 30, due to budget constraints which have come to play over recent years. The announcement was made by the president of PACE's Board of Trustees, Delma Josephson.

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  • Mass. General Chapel marks 75 years

    BOSTON -- On any given day, a visitor to Massachusetts General Hospital's chapel may find a nurse praying for her patients, a food service worker silently praying the rosary, a patient's worried relative seeking consolation or a homeless person seeking a moment's rest.

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  • Forming the Future: Sacred Heart Elementary, Lynn

    LYNN -- Every May, the entire school community at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Lynn comes together for one memorable evening -- an evening of theatre. "Without exception, every single student -- from the 3-year-olds in pre-K to the eighth graders -- is up on that stage participating in the cast," explained Cory D'Arco, fine arts teacher at Sacred Heart.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Thursday last week (5/19), Catholic school students and their families packed the cathedral for the annual Catholic School Foundation Scholar's Mass. Every year more and more young people attend. These young people will graduate from 8th grade this year and are headed to Catholic high schools in the fall. Due to their impressive academic achievements, they have all received scholarships from the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.

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