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The 1842 dedication of St. Mary Church, QuincyThomas Lester

On Sept. 18, 1842, the parish church and cemetery of St. Mary, Quincy, were dedicated by Bishop Benedict Fenwick. The bishop commenced his day at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Franklin Street, celebrating ...

Online archive highlights Boston-area Portuguese community Thomas Lester

We are happy to announce that select parish records from St. Anthony, Lowell, are now free to view online via a collaboration between the parish and the Portuguese American Digital Archive (PADA) hosted ...

Bishop Fenwick asks for the presence of the Visitation Nuns in the dioceseThomas Lester

On August 11, 1836, exactly two years after an anti-Catholic mob burned the convent and school of the Ursuline Nuns in Charlestown, Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston wrote to Bishop Samuel Eccleston of ...

Online collections catalog launches Aug. 1 Thomas Lester

The Archive Department is excited to announce that a collections catalog will be available on its website beginning Monday, Aug. 1! What is a collections catalog? Just as one might search their local ...

The Daughters of IsabellaThomas Lester

In the archive resides a handwritten constitution for the National Court, National Order of the Daughters of Isabella, a philanthropic organization founded in New Haven, Connecticut, on May 14, 1897, ...

The overlooked third diocesan synod of 1872 Thomas Lester

One hundred-fifty years ago this month, priests of the Diocese of Boston convened at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the yet incomplete Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Washington Street for the third diocesan ...

The conversion of Father Joseph Coolidge ShawThomas Lester

Within the archive are stories of early converts who, abandoning their Protestant New England roots, joined the Catholic faith and entered the ranks of the clergy. Noteworthy among these was Joseph Coolidge ...

February marks 150 years of the creation of the Diocese of Providence Thomas Lester

Feb. 16 marked 150 years since the Diocese of Providence was created by Pope Pius IX. The first large concentration of Catholics to enter Rhode Island is believed to have taken place in the summer of ...