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The leadership team of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Sister Maria Rosa, Sister Claire Guerin, Sister Jacqueline Lambert, Sister Helene Cote, Provincial Superior, Sister Marie Henault, and Sister Janice Perrault. Courtesy photo

Chambers named director of Catholic Charities South

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston in August named Beth Chambers Director of Catholic Charities South in Brockton.

Chambers has been affiliated with Catholic Charities serving in various capacities since 1990.

After volunteering at the "Our Daily Bread" lunchtime program, Chambers was later hired to supervise the program. Chambers also led the Intensive Family Intervention program for Haitian Families at Catholic Charities and served as the Director of Community Services for food pantries in Somerville, Dorchester, El Centro, Natick and Brockton. Chambers was part of the Catholic Charities' team that worked with families who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and she continues to work with the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund. Chambers has been the administrator of Sunset Point Camp in Hull for 17 years and will continue that role in her new position.

Archbishop Williams HS names new president

The Archbishop Williams High School Board of Trustees recently appointed Dennis M. Duggan, Jr. as president of their Catholic co-educational college preparatory high school in Braintree.

Duggan succeeds Carmen Mariano who has moved from president to principal succeeding Mary Lou Sadowski who retired June 30.

Duggan, 60, was a student athlete and National Honor Society member before graduating in 1970. He matriculated to Boston College and graduated magna cum laude in 1974, and earned his doctorate from Suffolk University Law School.

St. Catherine of Siena School, Norwood launches iPad initiative

Beginning this September, every student in grades 6 through 8 at St. Catherine of Siena School in Norwood will have an iPad 2. Officials at the school said this makes St. Catherine of Siena School the first Catholic middle school in the Archdiocese of Boston to use one-to-one iPads for instruction.

The school said students will use the iPads for class work and homework as well as to communicate, collaborate, read assignments, take notes, organize their schedules, and do research.

Students said they look forward to the new school year and using their new tools.

"I know the power of technology and I'm looking forward to the new learning experience at St. Catherine's," seventh-grader Oliver Wales said.

Regis College to offer a graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis

This fall, Regis College becomes one of just three institutions in Massachusetts to offer a Master's of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program.

People on the spectrum of autism disorders have difficulty initiating social interactions or indicating their wants and needs. Regis officials said the program works to identify why certain inappropriate behavior occurs, develop individualized treatments, and change the autistic person's environment to promote new skills and decrease problem behavior. The first course will be offered in January 2013.

Faculty member, Cynthia Phelan, and dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, Susan Tammaro, designed the new program. The school named Lauren Beaulieu, a board certified behavior analyst, the program director.

Sisters of the Presentation of Mary unify U.S. provinces

The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary celebrated the formal rite of unification of its two American Provinces as well as the installation of the new leadership team last month.

The Manchester and Methuen Provinces will now be known as the United States Province, with administrative offices located at 209 Lawrence Street in Methuen.

Founded by Blessed Anne-Marie Rivier in Thueyts, France in 1796, the Congregation includes some 1,200 sisters, 2,100 lay associates, several lay consecrated persons serving in 20 different countries. They first came to the United States in the late 1800s, in response to the spiritual and educational needs of the many families immigrating to New England from Canada.

The sisters continue to serve in several parishes and schools as well as in other outreach ministries Massachusetts as well as in Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

St. Anselm College president to retire

Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of St. Anselm College in Goffstown, N.H. has announced that he will retire at the end of the academic year in June of 2013, after leading the college since 1989.

As the longest serving college president in New Hampshire, Father DeFelice had a lasting impact on St. Anselm and on higher education in the state.

Under his leadership, St. Anselm College incorporated service into college curricula, launched the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, and enhanced its reputation as a nationally ranked liberal arts college.

During his tenure as president, exercising firm convictions about the value of a liberal arts education, Father DeFelice helped St. Anselm College deepen its commitment to excellence in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition, emphasizing academic and extracurricular pursuits in balance with spiritual growth. He expanded the faculty and introduced a number of new majors from fine arts to environmental science and communication.

Father DeFelice also serves as a trustee of several higher education institutions, including Rivier University.

St. Bonaventure K of C award Catholic high school scholarships

Two young parishioners of St. Bonaventure Parish in Manomet received scholarship grants of $500 apiece presented by Grand Knight Michael Gaffey, awarded to help students pay for education in Catholic schools.

Sarah Kamp, a senior at Sacred Heart High in Kingston, maintained a 3.83 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has volunteered weekly at Jordan Hospital since her freshman year, and plans to seek a career in nursing.

Samantha Leary, an incoming freshman at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, volunteered at the church's vacation Bible school for the past two summers, and serves as a lector and altar server at the church.

Cardinal beatifies 22-year-old Romanian as 'martyr to chastity'

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A 22-year-old Romanian peasant has taken a step closer to sainthood as a "martyr to chastity," six decades after she was murdered ...

Maryland attorney general will review church records on child sex abuse

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- In a Sept. 24 letter to the clergy of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop William E. Lori informed priests and deacons that the ...

People helping people is what attracted actor to 'God Friended Me'

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Television audiences may recall seeing actor Joe Morton as Eli Rowan Pope, the father of professional Washington fixer Olivia Pope, ...

Pa. bishops support creating fund to compensate survivors of sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The bishops of Pennsylvania's eight Roman Catholic dioceses are supporting creation of an independent fund to compensate survivors ...

CRS sells fair trade coffee, supporting Mexican farmers and land

Baltimore, Md., Sep 24, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Catholic Relief Services is now offering fair trade coffee beans that will benefit local farming communities ...

The Jesuit who survived the KGB

Vilnius, Lithuania, Sep 24, 2018 CNA.- When Pope Francis visited a former KGB building in Vilnius, Lithuania Sept. 23, Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius ...

Next step toward artificial reproduction violates human fundamentals, ethicist warns

Washington D.C., Sep 25, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Artificial human reproduction appears to be on the horizon with Japanese scientists’ claim to ...

Update: Scandals create outrage, but there is time for conversion, pope says

TALLINN, Estonia (CNS) -- In what is probably the least religious country in Europe, Pope Francis said he is surprised by how many people hold firm to ...

Catholic leaders oppose administration's plan to limit green cards

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders are speaking out against a Trump administration proposed rule announced Sept. 22 that would deny green cards to legal ...

Head of Georgetown Prep urges renewed commitment to being 'men for others'

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a letter to the school community, the president of an all-boys Jesuit high school in suburban Washington emphasized the schools' ...

Today is 'hour of the laity,' Archbishop Gomez tells Encuentro delegates

GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- Hispanic Catholic leaders are living an important moment in the history of the Catholic church in the U.S. and are called to ...

Stay close to the suffering, forgive one another, pope tells Latvians

AGLONA, Latvia (CNS) -- What would Mary do? was the question Pope Francis, in effect, asked Latvian Catholics gathered at their nation's popular Marian ...

Joy, hope contagious for Encuentro participants as they discern priorities

GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- Joy, hope, energy and a spirit of continued collaboration are contagious among the participants of the Fifth National Encuentro, ...

Update: Pope in Lithuania: Don't let anti-Semitism, hatred resurge

VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) -- Outside the former KGB headquarters in Vilnius, Pope Francis ended a day of paying homage to victims of totalitarianism and ...

God is patient, even with failures, pope tells young Lithuanians

VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) -- Meeting young Lithuanians in Vilnius, Pope Francis said he wanted a relaxed conversation, like they were sitting in a pub ...

Update: Vatican signs provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) -- For the first time in decades, all of the Catholic bishops in China are in full communion with the pope, the Vatican announced. Pope ...

Find strength in tolerance, solidarity, pope tells Lithuanians

VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) -- In Lithuania, a nation that experienced invasions, atrocities and persecution, Pope Francis began his visit with a plea to ...

Ospino: Encuentro reflects 'energy, maturity' of a church 'here to stay'

GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- The thousands of Hispanic Catholic ministry leaders gathered in Texas for the Fifth National Encuentro shared views on the maturity ...

N.J. cardinal won't attend synod, asks to remain home at 'time of crisis'

NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) -- Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark told the people of his archdiocese Sept. 21 that Pope Francis has granted his request that he ...

Detroit Archdiocese welcomes investigation into Michigan dioceses

DETROIT (CNS) -- Michigan's attorney general has opened an investigation into the handling of sexual abuse by clergy in all of Michigan's seven Catholic ...

Catholics believe in God but 'don't believe in us,' Miami archbishop says

MIAMI (CNS) -- The crisis the Catholic Church is facing is not "a crisis of faith" or "mainly about a crisis of sexual abuse by clergy," but is "a crisis ...

Update: Disney animator says grounding in Catholic schools led to success

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) -- Ron Clements is a renowned animator, screenwriter and producer-director of award-winning Disney films, including the blockbuster ...

#WhyImCatholic movement aims to share hope at difficult time for church

CHICAGO (CNS) -- Catholic Extension has launched a new social media campaign called #WhyImCatholic to offer "hope and unity" for Catholics by inviting ...

Continue to be an evangelizing church, nuncio tells Encuentro delegates

GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- Quoting from Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel," Archbishop Christophe Pierre encouraged Hispanic Catholic ...

Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) -- A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions ...

Retired Green Bay auxiliary bishop failed to report abuse, withdraws from ministry

Green Bay, Wis., Sep 20, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- Bishop Robert Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay, has withdrawn from public ministry saying ...

Dolan 'impatient' waiting for apostolic visitation in response to McCarrick

New York City, N.Y., Sep 20, 2018 CNA.- The Archbishop of New York said Thursday that while he has confidence in the way Pope Francis is handling the ...

Two more Chilean bishops step down in wake of abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down ...

Celebration of the Priesthood dinner raises over $1.8 million

BOSTON -- A record 1,700 people attended the 10th annual Celebration of the Priesthood dinner to raise funds for the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust ...

Lawrence parish helps community cope with gas explosion aftermath

LAWRENCE -- Volunteers at St. Patrick Church's Cor Unum Meal Center were serving dinner when multiple natural gas explosions and fires broke out in homes ...

Ceremony, Mass kick off St. Augustine Chapel bicentennial

SOUTH BOSTON -- St. Augustine Chapel and Cemetery began its year-long bicentennial celebration on the weekend of Sept. 14-16 with tours, special Masses, ...

Mass. Knights install new officers

The Massachusetts State Council Knights of Columbus recently held its Installation of State Officers at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Canton with ...

Deal will keep Sancta Maria Nursing Facility open

CAMBRIDGE -- Sancta Maria Nursing Facility announced Sept. 17 that it has negotiated a comprehensive operational contract with Advocate Healthcare Management ...

From Cardinal Seán's blog

As I mentioned in my preface to last week's blog, this week and last, I have been in Rome for meetings related to the work of the Pontifical Commission ...

N.Y. Archdiocese names judge as independent reviewer on abuse protocols

NEW YORK (CNS) -- New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan has named a former federal judge to study archdiocesan policies and procedures with respect to sexual ...

U.S. reports poverty declines, but agencies finding needs remain great

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The good news from the U.S. Census Bureau Sept. 12 was that the poverty rate dropped for the third straight year in 2017 and median ...

Class-action lawsuit filed against eight Pennsylvania dioceses

PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- A class-action lawsuit was filed Sept. 17 against eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania demanding the dioceses provide proof that ...

Apostolic visitor outlines plans for expansion at Medjugorje shrine

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- The Polish archbishop tasked with overseeing Bosnia-Herzegovina's Medjugorje shrine has outlined plans for expansion, including ...

Pope names administrator as Indian bishop investigated for alleged rape

MUMBAI, India (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the request of an Indian bishop accused of raping a nun to be relieved of his duties during the investigation. In ...

In letters to German cardinal, retired pope defends way he stepped down

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his displeasure with the way a German cardinal publicly criticized his stepping down as pontiff, ...

Thousands of Hispanics expected in Texas for Encuentro summit

Fort Worth, Texas, Sep 20, 2018 CNA/EWTN News.- As many as 3,000 Catholics of Hispanic background are expected in Texas this week for the National V Encuentro, ...

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 ...

Be grateful to parents, never insult them, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Honoring mothers and fathers means being grateful for the gift of life and Christians should never insult anyone's parents, Pope ...

Canadian cardinal: Women should help screen, train priest applicants

Poznan, Poland, Sep 18, 2018 CNA.- Increasing the role of women in screening and training priests is among the steps that should be taken to prevent future ...

Vatican delegation will travel to China this month to finalize agreement, Chinese newspaper reports

Beijing, China, Sep 18, 2018 CNA.- A newspaper tied to the Chinese Communist Party reported Tuesday that a delegation of Vatican officials will head to ...

Media reporting Vatican-China agreement could be signed in late September

HONG KONG (CNS) -- The long-awaited Sino-Vatican agreement on the nomination of bishops is expected to be signed in September, reported several media ...

Update: Irish singer Bono calls pope 'extraordinary man for extraordinary times'

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Bono, the lead singer of the Irish band U2, said he told Pope Francis that in Ireland "it looks as though the abusers are being ...