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  • Daughters of St. Paul celebrate centennial

    WEST ROXBURY -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the centennial of The Daughters of St. Paul, June 14, at St. Theresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury. Founded in 1915 as part of the Pauline Family, the Daughters of St. Paul have reached 2,500 members in 51 countries working to "communicate Christ through all forms of media."

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Redemptoris Mater announces planned expansion at gala


NORWOOD -- As the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of the Archdiocese of Boston's Sixth Annual Gala Dinner celebrated a renewal in the Church brought on by Blessed Pope Paul VI, June 14, the rector announced a renewal for the seminary in the form of a planned expansion.

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Daughters of St. Paul celebrate centennial


WEST ROXBURY -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the centennial of The Daughters of St. Paul, June 14, at St. Theresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury. Founded in 1915 as part of the Pauline Family, the Daughters of St. Paul have reached 2,500 members in 51 countries working to "communicate Christ through all forms of media."

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Forming the Future: B.C. High student serves the homeless and forgotten


Thursdays are very important days for Luke Murphy, a junior at Boston College High School. "I have found that I look forward to Thursdays, not because it's almost the end of the week or because Friday is right around the corner," Murphy wrote in a reflection piece posted on his school website, "but because I am able to go out to the Boston Common with friends to serve and talk to my other friends I have made through my service on the St. Louis Project."

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Cardinal announces clergy changes in the archdiocesan curia


Following appointments by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, five priests of the archdiocese have assumed new positions in the archdiocesan curia. Sometimes abbreviated as "chancery," the curia includes certain canonical offices, for example: judicial vicar, vicar general, moderator of the curia, chancellor, and archivist. The first three must always be priests; the other two may be religious or laity. A diocesan bishop can add offices as he sees the need in helping him carry out his governance of the diocese. Often, while not required for the specific office, it is appropriate and even recommended that a priest be named to an office.

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Archdiocese holds Faith Formation Leadership Day


BRAINTREE -- Religious education directors, pastoral associates, youth ministers, marriage preparation instructors and others who promote faith formation in their parish assembled at the Pastoral Center June 10 for the Archdiocese of Boston Faith Formation Leadership Day hosted by the Office for Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support.

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The Medical Missionaries of Mary: On fire with the healing love of God


The Medical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) is an international congregation of religious women founded by Marie Martin, in 1937 under remarkable circumstances. Born in Ireland she went to Nigeria, West Africa, in 1921 as a lay missionary. During her years there she saw the great need for health care particularly for vulnerable women and children. Not many people will hold on to an uncertain dream for 20 years, but that is what Marie did before she was able to establish the Medical Missionaries of Mary.

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Parish offers summer faith formation programs


While most parishes in the archdiocese are winding down their religious education and other programs for the summer, others are taking advantage of summer free time to give both children and adults a chance to learn more about their faith.

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Pope accepts resignations of St. Paul archbishop, auxiliary


ST. PAUL, Minn (CNS) -- Pope Francis accepted the resignations June 15 of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee A. Piche of St. Paul and Minneapolis and named coadjutor Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of Newark, New Jersey, a canon lawyer, to be apostolic administrator of the Minnesota archdiocese.

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'Baby Francis,' an unborn child found amid sewage, finally laid to rest


EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) -- Finally, "Baby Francis" is resting in peace. In a simple, but dignified ceremony June 10 in a section of Gate of Heaven Cemetery set aside for the repose of babies, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence presided over a Christian burial service for the unborn child he named "Francis," fulfilling a commitment he made to officials five months ago after a fetus was found floating amid the sewage at a nearby wastewater treatment facility.

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Read encyclical on care for creation with 'open heart,' pope asks world


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Appealing to the entire world, Pope Francis urged everyone to read his upcoming encyclical on the care of creation and to better protect a damaged earth. "This common 'home' is being ruined and that harms everyone, especially the poorest," he said June 17, the day before the Vatican was releasing his encyclical letter, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home."

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