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  • Deacons gather in Rome, share reflections on ministry, challenges

    ROME (CNS) -- Thousands of permanent deacons and their wives began their Year of Mercy celebration by cutting straight to the heart of what it means to be a deacon, how the ministry impacts their families and the challenge of explaining their vocation ...

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (5/13), I celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where I received an honorary degree in Theology. Steubenville, of course, is making a very unique contribution to the life of the Church. It ...

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Deacons gather in Rome, share reflections on ministry, challenges


ROME (CNS) -- Thousands of permanent deacons and their wives began their Year of Mercy celebration by cutting straight to the heart of what it means to be a deacon, how the ministry impacts their families and the challenge of explaining their vocation to others, including bishops and priests.

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From Cardinal Seán's blog


Last Friday (5/13), I celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where I received an honorary degree in Theology. Steubenville, of course, is making a very unique contribution to the life of the Church. It has been a great source of vocations and training for Church leadership. Something like 70 to 80 percent of the students there are in studies related to theology or evangelization. Wherever you go in the country, you find young people teaching Catholic schools, or running RCIA, youth ministry, and campus ministry programs, who have been trained at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Ursuline Academy breaks ground for new athletic and convocation center


DEDHAM -- Ursuline Academy broke ground on May 16 for the construction of a new 40,000 square foot Athletic and Convocation Center. The ACC is the first major enhancement to the Lowder Street campus since the addition of a science wing in 2002. The new building will house classrooms and an innovation lab, a regulation-size gymnasium, a fitness room, gathering space, and more. It is strategically located overlooking the academic building, the playing fields, and the convent that was formerly home to the Ursuline Sisters, connecting to the schools' objective of helping students to grow in mind, body and spirit. It is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.

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Scout Mass at the Cathedral


SOUTH END -- Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from across the Archdiocese of Boston came together to celebrate their accomplishments at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, May 22, during a Mass celebrated by Father Matt Williams, director of Faith Formation for the archdiocese.

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Boston University awards Medeiros Scholarships to local students


BOSTON -- Twelve graduating Catholic high school students received Boston University's Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship, during a May 17 ceremony held at the university. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and Boston University provost Jean Morrison presented the students with the scholarships, which combined are valued at nearly $2.3 million.

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