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The overlooked third diocesan synod of 1872Thomas 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 Shaw Thomas 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 ProvidenceThomas 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 ...

Early Vermont mission Thomas Lester

On Feb. 12, 1847, "members of the Holy Catholic Church in the towns of Swanton, St. Albans, Fairfield, and Highgate," Vermont, wrote Bishop John B. Fitzpatrick of Boston, asking him to send a priest to ...

Airport chapel dedicated 70 years agoThomas Lester

On Jan. 20, 1952 -- 70 years ago this month -- then Archbishop Richard J. Cushing of Boston dedicated Our Lady of the Airways Chapel at Logan Airport, now Boston Logan International Airport. Over the ...

The Boston Catholic Observer launched 175 years ago Thomas Lester

On Jan. 16, 1847, exactly 175 years ago next week, the first issue of the Boston Catholic Observer appeared in print, intended to serve as the official voice of the Diocese of Boston. The Pilot was initially ...

Challenges of ministering to the far-flung parishes of the Diocese of BostonThomas Lester

A letter in the Bishop Benedict Fenwick papers, written by Father James Strain from Hartford, Connecticut, on Dec. 16, 1840, continues an ongoing discussion about how best to serve Catholics in the western ...

The Catholic Union of Boston Thomas Lester

As this column has previously discussed, Pope Pius IX (Pontificate, 1846-1878) had a long and turbulent tenure. For the purposes of this article, it is worth reminding readers that he presided over Vatican ...