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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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  • St. Patrick celebrated at cathedral

    SOUTH END -- St. Patrick provided a model of forgiveness when he returned to Ireland after escaping slavery there, auxiliary Bishop of Boston Robert F. Hennessey said March 17, at the St. Patrick's Day Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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  • Emmanuel College students give up spring break to serve

    Over 70 students and staff of Emmanuel College in Boston spent their spring break the week of March 8 ministering to those less fortunate throughout the United States. Some went to New Orleans to build houses for residents still homeless a full decade after Hurricane Katrina ripped through their city; some went to Phoenix to minister to the homeless; still others remained in Boston to work with the Greater Boston Food Bank and provide nutrition counseling to impoverished Bostonians.

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  • Catholic school advocates lobby at Statehouse

    BOSTON -- Nearly 400 Catholic school supporters from all four Massachusetts dioceses traveled to the Statehouse to lobby for greater access to state support. The Advocacy Day, organized by Parents Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) and held on March 11, afforded Catholic school students a civics lesson as well as the opportunity to advocate for themselves.

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  • St. Columbkille throws 'out the net,' baptizes 20 students

    BRIGHTON -- Twenty one families of the St. Columbkille Partnership School community came together to share the gift of the Church with their children. But, in many ways, the children had already shared the blessings of the Church with their parents through their response to God.

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  • The Sisters of Providence: Love, mercy and justice

    "Put yourself gently into the hands of Providence." The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of nearly 320 Roman Catholic women religious who minister in 17 states, the District of Columbia and Asia.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This past weekend was Catholic Appeal weekend in the Archdiocese of Boston and so, to mark it, I celebrated Masses for the Third Sunday of Lent in two different parishes. On Saturday (3/7) I went to St. Anthony of Padua in Shirley, and on Sunday (3/8) went to St. Patrick's in Stoneham. Both of the parishes have been very supportive of the Catholic Appeal and my presence there was to encourage them in their efforts thank them for their support.

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  • Vigil continues at former Scituate church despite March 9 deadline

    SCITUATE -- Vigilers at a former Scituate church continue to occupy the building despite being told by the Archdiocese of Boston to vacate the building by March 9. The Archdiocese of Boston had issued the deadline to end the decade-long vigil at the former St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church more than a month ago, on Feb. 3.

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  • Seminarian spotlight: Joseph Almeida

    Home Town and State: Waltham, Mass. High School: Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Buckland, Mass. Seminary Attending: Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary 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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  • Michigan boy with autism meets CatholicTV 'heroes'

    For most children, play time often consists of conjuring up supernatural worlds out of their mundane and routine environments. Whether it is traveling to outer-space in a spaceship made out of couch cushions or putting on a cape and playing their favorite superhero, children are constantly stimulating their minds through role-play.

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  • The Marist Brothers of the Schools

    We are an international community of more than 3,000 Catholic Brothers dedicated to making Jesus known and loved through the education of young people, especially those most neglected. Marist Brothers are educators, counselors, spiritual directors, social workers, youth leaders and missionaries. Every day we aspire to influence and transform the lives and situations of thousands of young people through education and spirituality, challenging young people to live their fullest potential in Christ.

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  • Local Catholics offer prayers for Egyptian Christians killed by Islamic State

    Local Catholics have prayed in solidarity with Coptic Orthodox Christians mourning the loss of 21 men martyred in Libya last month. In Attleboro, Father Riley Williams celebrated Mass in honor of the martyrs at St. Vincent de Paul Parish on Feb. 22; about two dozen members of the local Coptic Orthodox Church attended. The community has five churches in the area -- in Attleboro, Boston, Marshfield, Natick and Nashua, N.H.

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  • Steubenville East Conference to be held in archdiocese in July

    BRAINTREE -- Steubenville East Youth Conference will be coming to the Archdiocese of Boston this summer. The Archdiocese of Boston's Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support's Faith Formation of Youth and Young Adult Ministry recently concluded informational meetings for parish leaders about the conference, which will be held at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, July 17-19, presented by Life Teen. In recent years, the conference had been held at the University of Rhode Island.

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  • Father Reed named Secretary for Catholic Media

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has announced the appointment of Father Robert Reed as Secretary for Catholic Media of the Archdiocese of Boston. Father Reed has been serving as secretary on an interim basis since 2013 and has been associated with CatholicTV for more than a decade.

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  • Forming the future: Armenian Sisters Academy, Lexington

    Students at the Armenian Sisters Academy in Lexington are getting a history lesson they won't soon forget. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in which it is estimated that 1.5 million Armenians were killed under the rule of the Ottoman Empire in what is now Turkey. The starting date of the genocide is traditionally marked on April 24, the date when, on 1915, Ottoman forces captured 250 Armenian intellectuals in Constantinople. However, rather than memorize facts and dates, students are being asked to interview family members to "let them find themselves and their own families within the Armenian story," explained Mayda Melkonian, vice-principal and Armenian Curriculum Director.

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  • Andover parish teens devote February break to mission trip

    For many high schools students, February vacation is a time to sleep, catch up on some episodes of "The Walking Dead," hang out with friends or just relax. But for 12 high schoolers from St. Augustine Parish in Andover, this February vacation was all about serving the less fortunate.

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  • What is the consecration of virgins?

    "The custom of consecrating women to a life of virginity flourished even in the early Church. It led to the formation of a solemn rite constituting the candidate a sacred person, a surpassing sign of the Church's love for Christ, and an eschatological image of the world to come and the glory of the heavenly Bride of Christ." (Prenotanda to the Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity)

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, I had one of my periodic meetings with a group of our seminarians. In addition to the meetings I have with all the seminarians together, on occasion I have been holding these gatherings by class, because it provides the opportunity to have more interaction with the men. This group was mainly those in First Theology. As always, they came for Evening Prayer and dinner followed by a very nice conversation.

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