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Permanent Diaconate Inquirers Program: Is Christ Calling You?

God is calling each of us to serve one another in charity and love and Pope Francis speaks to this call constantly. For some there is a particular invitation to serve Christ and the Church in ordained ...



The 'Expendable Children'Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Couples who struggle to get pregnant are turning with greater frequency to the in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry for assistance. In some cases, they can end up feeling they are "too pregnant" when ...

St. Clare and the priority of ChristFather Steve Grunow

Saint Clare, whose feast the Church celebrates today, was born into a wealthy family in the year 1193. When she was eighteen years old, a charismatic wonderworker by the name of Francis came to preach ...

Lots of good news about Catholic schools in the archdioceseKathy Mears

In a few weeks, thousands of parents in the Archdiocese of Boston will choose to send their children to Catholic schools. They choose our schools for a variety of reasons. Parents find our schools to ...

Late summer musingsClark Booth

Rounding the bases -- long the occasional custom here -- while wondering if the Patriots sloppy exhibition kick-off against the eternally pathetic Jaguars officially ends talk of "perfection" this season. ...

Sunday ReflectionsScott Hahn

Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today's First Reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in ...

The Panic of 1837Thomas Lester

On Aug. 29, 1837, Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick of Boston wrote a report to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Rome, describing the present state of the Diocese of Boston which then encompassed ...

'ABCs of the Christian Life'Russell Shaw

I suppose it will be considered heresy in some quarters, but I've never been what you would call a fan of the writing of G.K. Chesterton. Some people can't get enough of GKC. I can. Not that I haven't ...

Refuse to baptize?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can a priest refuse to christen a child born out of wedlock? (Mason Neck, Virginia) A. The answer -- which may not be the one you were expecting or wanted -- is, "It depends." Simply that the child's ...