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  • Marathon bombing remembered two years on

    BOSTON -- At memorial events throughout the week, Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston stood shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow citizens to memorialize and mark the two-year anniversary of the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Many churches rang their bells at 2:49 p.m., the time that the first of two bombs exploded on Boylston Street.

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  • Parish leaders gather to promote evangelization

    NEWTON -- The buzz-phrase "new evangelization" can be a difficult concept to put into parish practice. At this year's Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference, parish leaders received helpful tips on how to reach out to the unchurched in their midst.

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  • Jesuits honor Cardinal O'Malley at annual gala

    Jesuits of the U.S. Northeast Province recently honored Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at their annual Jesuit Gala. About 900 people gathered for the annual dinner and fundraiser hosted at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on April 7.

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  • Ordination class of 2015: Deacon Sinisa Ubiparipovic

    This week, The Pilot begins a 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. Trusting in God is something Deacon Sinisa Ubiparipovic learned to do as he discerned his call to the priesthood.

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  • Father Parrish named interim episcopal vicar and Secretary for Parish Life and Leadership

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has announced the appointment of Father Bryan K. Parrish as interim episcopal vicar and Secretary for Parish Life and Leadership effective June 1, 2015. In this role, Father Parrish will oversee and work collaboratively with the Offices of Clergy Personnel and Ongoing Formation, Pastoral Outreach to Priests, Pastoral Planning, Vocations, Permanent Diaconate Formation and Life and Ministry, and the Clergy Funds.

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  • In Jesus, We Reveal the Face of Love: The Daughters of St. Paul

    Ask any Daughter of St. Paul why she entered the community, and the answers will be as varied as the women you ask. At the heart of each response, however, will be an absolute dedication to evangelization, to bringing the hope of the Gospel to today's world with the fastest and most effective means possible, the means of communication.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I want to begin this week by noting that on Holy Thursday (4/2) Tom Shields, a great friend to the archdiocese and a personal friend of mine, passed to eternal life, joining his beloved wife Mary. ...We are very grateful for all that he meant to us and all the help that he provided, particularly for children in need of a good education.

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  • Parents of slain child oppose the death penalty for Tsarnaev

    The parents of Martin Richard, the youngest victim killed at the marathon bombings two years ago, are asking that the death penalty be taken "off the table" for terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev was found guilty of the bombings that killed three people and severely injured over two hundred others at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

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  • Despite challenges, parishes respond to synod lineamenta

    BOSTON -- A short deadline from Rome and record snowfall in February presented challenges, but Father Bryan K. Parrish is pleased with how the archdiocese responded to the Holy See's request for input that will help the Church prepare for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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  • Brighton parish program reaches young adult Catholics

    BRIGHTON -- A Brighton parish has created an outreach tool for the new evangelization that could become a model for similar young adult ministries elsewhere in the country, according to organizers. Organizers said they created the St. Columbkille Young Adult Commission in Brighton with a focus on organization, structure and replicability. That meant creating a structure that other parishes -- or future generations at the parish -- could use as a guide. With an organized committee of volunteers from the Brighton Catholic community and a detailed set of by-laws providing structure, the young adult group organizes and hosts events and initiatives geared toward deepening young adults in their faith and relationships with each other, their parish, the Catholic Church, and Jesus Christ, according to the group's mission statement.

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  • Local students mark Triduum with prayer, service

    NAHANT -- More than 300 students from St. Mary's in Lynn and other Catholic schools and parishes commemorated the conclusion of Lent with sacrifice, service and prayer at the annual Hunger for Justice retreat -- the largest service retreat in the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Seminarian Spotlight: Patrick Fiorillo

    Home Town and State -- Franklin, Mass. High School -- St. John's, Shrewsbury Seminary Attending --St. John's Seminary, Third Theology What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

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  • The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm

    The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm are a congregation of 168 women religious dedicated to the care of the elderly in nursing homes, assisted living and independent living residences in nine states and in Ireland which we sponsor, co-sponsor or where we serve. Our Sisters minister in many capacities such as nursing, social service, pastoral care, administration, activities, food service, medical records and other ancillary services. Our Motherhouse is located at Avila on the Hudson, Germantown, New York.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This past weekend we had our annual retreat for men discerning a vocation to the priesthood, which is organized by our Office for Vocations. I was very pleased with the turnout; we had over 50 retreatants in total. The retreat has two "tracks," if you will. We have one group who would be possible candidates for Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, the second-career seminary, and another group of younger men for St. John's Seminary.

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  • Mass. bishops oppose death penalty in Boston Marathon bombing case

    BOSTON -- As the trial of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury April 6, the bishops of Massachusetts have released a statement reiterating the Church's teaching on the death penalty. If convicted, Tsarnaev could be sentenced to death or life without the possibility of parole.

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  • A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on the Death Penalty

    The Boston Marathon Bombing trial is a painful reminder of the harm that impacts many people even beyond those who are killed or maimed by violent criminal acts. Given that the defendant, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is being tried in federal court with the possibility of capital punishment, and that the Bishops have testified against capital punishment in the past, we feel it is fitting to clarify the Church's teaching regarding the use of the death penalty.

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  • Priests celebrate unity at Chrism Mass

    SOUTH END -- Priests of the Archdiocese of Boston joined Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for the annual Chrism Mass, March 31, and gathered afterward at Cathedral High School to honor three of their own.

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  • Ospino addresses priests on future of Hispanic ministry

    BRAINTREE -- According to Boston College professor Hosffman Ospino, the face of the Catholic Church in the United States isn't just looking more and more Latino, that face is getting younger, speaking English, and increasingly disconnecting from the Catholic Church.

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  • 40 Days vigilers 'offer up' harsh winter

    In addition to prayer, fasting and peaceful witness, 40 Days for Life Attleboro needed an additional tool for this spring's campaign -- a snow blower. On two separate occasions, Ron Larose transported his own snow blower for the job of carving standing room out of the four foot snow bank across the street from Four Women Health Services, the only abortion clinic in the Diocese of Fall River.

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  • Popular Church blogger gives talk at St. John's Seminary

    BRIGHTON -- St. John's Seminary rector Msgr. James P. Moroney hosted Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo at Our Lady of the Presentation Lecture Hall and Library, March 23, for a wide-ranging public discussion on a changing Church during the rise of the Catholic blogosphere and a new papacy.

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  • Together as Brothers: Pilgrimage planned for Year of Consecrated Life

    Generated through the energy from the 45th General Chapter and the Year of Consecrated Life, the Brothers in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) have been invited to participate in a pilgrimage, Together as Brothers, on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Brothers and young men in discernment from RELAN and the District of Spain will journey together July 13-23, 2015.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    In the afternoon, I met with the local leadership of the Catholic Daughters of America. The Catholic Daughters have been so supportive of the pro-life activities of the archdiocese and they came to bring a contribution for our Pro-Life Office supporting women in difficult pregnancies. I have long been a supporter of the Catholic Daughters and have tried to promote membership in their organization at our local schools and colleges whenever I can. I urge you to find out more about them at www.catholicdaughters.org.

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  • Easter parish collections support archdiocese's priests

    BRAINTREE -- Easter brings with it the opportunity to support those who have tirelessly served the faithful over the years. The Clergy Health and Retirement Trust seeks support from the faithful at a few key times each year. Annual parish collections on Easter, Christmas, and during the month of September --combined with financial support from the annual Celebration of the Priesthood dinner -- contributes 60 percent of the trust's annual funding. The remaining 40 percent comes in through a medical insurance assessment for all active priests paid for by their parish or other assignment.

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  • Archdiocese takes legal action to end Scituate vigil

    The Archdiocese of Boston has taken a group occupying St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate to court to compel them to leave the former church they have been occupying for more than 10 years. The matter was heard in Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham on March 20.

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  • Master of Arts in Ministry Program celebrates 15 years

    BRIGHTON -- Faculty, staff, students, and alumni celebrated 15 years of the Master of Arts in Ministry Program and honored some of their own, March 21 at St. John's Seminary in Brighton. Aldona Lingertat, director of the MAM program, which was developed in the late 1990s and launched in 2000 to promote lay ministry and evangelization at parishes, presented alumni awards to three recipients. The honors highlighted the work MAM graduates have gone on to do after they graduated from the program.

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  • Seminarian Spotlight: Matthew Conley

    Home Town and State: Dorchester, Mass. High School: North Cambridge Catholic (A Cristo Rey Network School) Seminary Attending: St. John's Seminary, Third Theology What are some of the factors that led to your decision to enter the seminary and discern the question of a vocation to the priesthood?

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  • BC College of Arts and Sciences to be named for Robert Morrissey

    CHESTNUT HILL -- Boston College has announced last week that it will name its College of Arts and Sciences in honor of Robert J. Morrissey, a 1960 graduate of Boston College and a prominent Boston attorney and investor who, with this latest commitment, will become the largest benefactor in the university's history. Terms of his gift were not disclosed.

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  • 135 years of compassion in the Archdiocese of Boston

    The Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, Grey Nuns of the Cross, are daughters of Elisabeth Bruyere who, in 1845, came from Montreal to the logging camp of Bytown, later to become the capital city of Canada (Ottawa) to provide education, health care and service to those in need. She was 26 years of age and the superior of the group of four sisters and two candidates. She had professed her religious vows in the congregation founded by St. Marguerite d'Youville in 1737 in Montreal. Little did she know at that time that she would become the Superior General of this new branch of Grey Nuns and serve in that capacity until her death in 1876.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This week we learned the date of the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero... I hope to hold a Mass of Thanksgiving here in the archdiocese of Boston for the Salvadoran community and others who have a devotion to this great man who certainly identified very much with the suffering and the persecuted. His preaching of the Church's social gospel put him in harm's way and eventually led to his death. He was murdered while saying Mass at the Catholic hospital in San Salvador. (I have celebrated Mass at that same altar.) I attended his funeral, which was on Palm Sunday. It was very memorable because thousands and thousands of people were gathered outside the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Salvador and, during the funeral Mass, the army opened fire on the crowd. The thousands of people just fled. I still recall that the square was completely vacant except for the palm branches covering the ground and the shoes and sandals that had fallen off the people as they trampled each other to escape. So, even in his death they were still persecuting him, and his beatification is certainly a vindication... I was privileged to be with Monsignor Romero on a number of occasions. I worked for 20 years of the Salvadoran community in Washington so I know what a great grace this is going to be for the Salvadoran people. We look forward to celebrating his beatification here in Boston.

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  • Triduum invites us 'to follow the footsteps of Christ'

    As the end of the 40 days of Lenten observance approaches, the Church prepares herself to participate in the final three days before Easter -- the Paschal Triduum. "Triduum means 'three days' which are Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday," explained Msgr. James Mongelluzzo, professor of liturgy at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston. "And so we are invited to follow the footsteps of Christ at the final moments of his life."

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