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  • Librarian brings the world to students at Sacred Heart Elementary, Kingston

    KINGSTON -- Carrie Mathias is not our typical school librarian. As the librarian at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Kingston, she does much more than shelf books. Her level of activity is shown in the fact that she never fully stopped even to conduct her phone interview, which is punctuated with occasional side comments to students. "Yes, that is a big dinosaur," she commented to a first-grader.

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  • Brandley named regional director of St. John Paul II Catholic Academy

    DORCHESTER -- The Board of Trustees of St. John Paul II Catholic Academy have announced the appointment of Catherine T. Brandley as regional director. Brandley currently serves as principal of the academy's Neponset campus and will succeed Sister Ellen Powers, who is retiring at the conclusion of the 2015/2016 school year.

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  • Conca named principal of Xaverian Brothers High

    WESTWOOD -- Xaverian Brothers High School announced last week that Jacob Conca will succeed Domenic Lalli as principal effective July 1. An Attleboro native and 1994 graduate of the school, Conca was a member of the National Honor Society, football, swimming and track teams while at Xaverian. After graduating from Amherst College, he received his master's degree in education from Providence College and his Ph.D. from Boston College. His teaching and coaching experience includes middle school and high school.

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  • Wrentham nun helps rescue man pinned under tree

    WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) -- A 74-year-old man who was pinned underneath a tree in Wrentham was rescued with the help of a nun. Police say they received a call around 4 p.m. Jan. 30 from a nun reporting that a man was yelling for help in the woods near Mount St. Mary's Abbey.

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  • Gala to benefit health care efforts in Haiti

    QUINCY -- Over 400 people are expected to attend the Saint Rock Haiti Foundation 2016 Annual Gala, Feb. 25, to support the foundation's outreach programs in Haiti. The Saint Rock Haiti Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide social services and health care to the community of Saint Rock, Haiti. Founded in 2002, the organization runs several community outreach programs, including a micro-loan program, a shelter program, and an educational sponsorship program.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As I left off last week, we were about to take part in the March for Life. Although, because of the snowstorm, the Witness to Life Pilgrimage led by Father Matt Williams had to cancel their trip for many of our young people, I was very gratified that we still had many busloads of people able to come to the March for Life as well as our seminarians from St. John's Seminary and Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

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  • Despite D.C. blizzard, young people Witness to Life in Boston

    SOUTH END -- Even though the blizzard bearing down on the nation's capital forced many to change their plans to attend the 43rd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., many still turned out in Boston on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On Jan. 22, youth and school groups rallied at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and marched to the Massachusetts statehouse to show support for the pro-life movement.

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  • Making a difference in the lives of many

    The dedicated priests and brothers of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate serve the poor and needy people in the United States and more than 60 countries worldwide. They provide food for the homeless in New Orleans, shelter for victims of natural disasters in Haiti and bring the Word of God to isolated parts of Zambia. Their ministries are a testament to the profound effect God's love has on the communities they serve.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    ...I took part in the New York Encounter, which draws a lot of people from Boston who are involved with the movement of Communion and Liberation. The event brings together many people, particularly young adults, around a particular cultural or religious theme. It is fashioned after what is called "Il Meeting" held every year in Rimini Italy, which brings in over 1 million people. In fact, it is the largest cultural event in Italy. Each year they have a different theme for the gathering. This year it was "Longing for the Sea and yet not afraid."

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  • Boston prayer breakfast celebrates legacy of Dr. King

    DORCHESTER -- Approximately 175 people crowded into St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Dorchester, Jan. 18, to eat breakfast, participate in prayer, and celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service and Breakfast.

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  • Forming the Future: Sacred Heart School, Roslindale

    ROSLINDALE -- Imagine you are travelling to a remote village in a tropical rainforest, delivering critically needed medicine. The closest airport is a two-hour hike away, and you must design a medicine carrier that will keep the medicine at an exact temperature, less the medicine becomes useless.

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  • Salesians of Don Bosco

    Who are the Salesians? The Salesians are a family of men and women founded by a Catholic priest, Father John Bosco, which in Italian is translated Don Bosco. He began his work in Turin, Italy, in the mid-1800s by gathering poor boys and young men that had no place to live and little education. He established a place called an oratory where these young people could gather and call their home.

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  • Cardinal ordains seven transitional deacons

    SOUTH END -- Cardinal Seán O'Malley ordained seven transitional deacons in the presence of family, friends, seminarians, clergy, and religious during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Jan. 9.

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  • N.H. brother on path to sainthood

    The family would always get together whenever Brother William Gagnon visited New Hampshire from Canada. "My father would go get him and take him out for clams. That was his big treat," said Yvette Leblanc McKenney, the niece of Brother Gagnon, a member of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God.

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  • New rector installed at Mission Church

    BOSTON -- A Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church) in Boston, Jan. 9, marked a new era of leadership for the Basilica with the installation of Father Joseph Tizio, C.Ss.R. as pastor and rector.

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  • Special Holy Door opened for Poor Clares in Jamaica Plain

    JAMAICA PLAIN -- For Sister Linnea, OSC, a cloistered Poor Clare nun in the order's Jamaica Plain convent, walking through her convent's newly opened Holy Door was "like walking through another 'holy door' -- the one I walked through when I first entered this house in 1984."

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  • Boston women religious witness to plague of human trafficking

    BRIGHTON -- Catholic Sisters in the Greater Boston area gathered at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel in Brighton, Jan. 10, to pray for the end of human trafficking. "In prayer and silent vigil we stand with and for those children, women, and men exploited for labor and for sex through the evil of modern-day slavery which we call human trafficking," said Sister Ellen Powers, CSJ in her opening remarks.

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  • Local groups prepare to attend March for Life

    BRAINTREE -- Hundreds of people, many of them youths and young adults, from the Archdiocese of Boston are preparing to attend the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, joining Cardinal Seán O'Malley on a pilgrimage to witness the sacredness of human life.

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  • The Redemptorists

    Who We Are The Redemptorists are a religious congregation founded in 1732 by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Their purpose is "to follow the example of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, by preaching the word of God to the poor, as he declared of himself: 'He sent me to preach the Good News to the poor.'" It does so by responding with missionary thrust to the pressing pastoral needs of the most abandoned, especially the poor, and by devoting itself entirely to evangelization. We began this work by going among the poor and forgotten shepherds living in the hill country surrounding Naples in southern Italy.

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