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The establishment of Mission ChurchThomas Lester

Within Archbishop John J. William's papers resides a document dating to Aug. 15, 1869, outlining the terms agreed upon with Father Joseph Helmpraecht, provincial superior of the Redemptorists, permitting ...

The first new parishes for the city of Boston Thomas Lester

On July 13, 1839, Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston issued a circular letter for publication, notifying the city's Catholics that three parishes now existed within the city limits. He requested that they ...

The Temperance Movement in 19th century BostonThomas Lester

In the papers of Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick of Boston is a letter dated June 6, 1836, from Horace Mann, at the time a Massachusetts Representative from Boston, conveying a resolution unanimously passed ...

The Working Boys' Home Thomas Lester

On June 1, 1883, a new Catholic charity known as the Working Boys' Home was established at 113 Eliot Street in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Its primary mission was to provide a home for adolescent ...

Boston College's centennial commencementThomas Lester

At the Boston College commencement on April 20, 1963, Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston was one of the many special guests invited to help mark the college's centennial that year. President John F. Kennedy ...

The Home for Destitute Catholic Children Thomas Lester

As the 19th century progressed, so, too, did ideas about how to care for orphaned children. In the first half of the century, it was believed that these children were best served by boarding them at institutions. ...

The 75th anniversary of Cardinal O'Connell's deathThomas Lester

The Monday after Easter, April 22, marked the 75th anniversary of the death of Cardinal William Henry O'Connell, the fifth bishop of Boston, whose tenure spanned 1907 to 1944. This column has previously ...

A letter from Bishop John DuBois of New York Thomas Lester

On April 17, 1834, Bishop John DuBois of New York wrote to Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston. He starts by discussing the need to properly vet visiting priests; his trouble incorporating a seminary in ...