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Compiled by Justin Bell
St. Anthony Shrine in downtown Boston held its annual fair June 11-12 to benefit the shrine's "Fill the Freezer and Stock the Shelves."
Pilot photo/ Courtesy St. Anthony Shrine
Father Hehir receives Cardinal Bernardin Award
Father J. Bryan Hehir, Secretary for Health and Social Services for the Archdiocese of Boston received the prestigious Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Award at the Philip J. Murnion Lecture, at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago on June 10.
Ordained in 1966, Father Hehir has worked for 45 years as priest in the archdiocese, including being a Professor of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University, and as president of the Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston. He is known locally, nationally, and internationally as a teacher on matters of social justice.
The Cardinal Bernardin Award is given annually to an individual whose work embodies the spirit of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, promoting unity, dialogue and collaboration within the Church.
79 complete St. John's Seminary certificate program
At St. John's Seminary in Brighton, the Catechetical Certificate Program graduated its second class on June 3 with 79 students.
The certificate is one of three given by the seminary's Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE). TINE serves the laity, permanent deacons, and professed religious with its "whole-person formation for their mission in Christ."
"The certificate gives students a taste of the joy of learning the faith, and the students' enthusiasm for it was so inspiring to me," said Dr. Angela Franks the Director of Theology Programs for TINE.
"You could really feel the Holy Spirit present," she added.
Father Christopher O'Connor, the president of TINE, celebrated Mass for the students and gave them their certificates. The graduating class was made up of 46 Boston areas students and 33 students from the Diocese of Portland, Maine.
Boston area students were taught in two sections, one in Brighton with Drs. David and Angela Franks, and the other in Braintree taught by Dr. Brian and Mrs. Janet Benestad.
New chapel dedicated at Mary Immaculate
The Mary Immaculate Nursing/Restorative Center (MIHCS) in Lawrence recently opened a new chapel named after the foundress of the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns).
The St. Marguerite Chapel has been created on the first floor of the center to be a quiet, prayerful, and accessible space for residents, staff and visitors. The new chapel replaces a second floor chapel that had been made smaller to allow space for the facilities' day room.
"This spring we embarked on a reconstruction project to build a beautiful chapel in a prominent first floor location and expand the second floor day room to full size, matching such rooms on our other five units," said Barbara E. Grant, MIHCS president and chief executive officer.
St. Anthony Shrine holds annual fair
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