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  • Simulation puts participants 'In a Refugee's Shoes'

    BOSTON -- Many people looked confused, and some a little frustrated, as they wandered from station to station during Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston's "In a Refugee's Shoes" interactive simulation. But, organizers said, that was exactly what was supposed to happen.

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  • Catholic Charities hosts panel on refugee experience

    BOSTON -- Experts on immigration and refugees spoke on whether welcoming refugees is still an American value during a panel discussion held at Boston College High School, June 17, and hosted by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Seaport Shrine hosts prayer service for Sail Boston 2017

    SOUTH BOSTON -- Next to the tall ships in the harbor for Sail Boston 2017 and amidst the hustle and bustle of the crowds of people who had come to see them, a morning ecumenical prayer service for sailors was held at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine, June 18.

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  • Needham students 'Buzz Off' for cancer

    NEEDHAM -- Students at St. Joseph Elementary School in Needham are giving back in support of cancer patients. For the 5th year, a record number of more than 30 St. Joseph School girls, and a Monsignor Haddad Middle School student, donated their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to help girls and women with cancer receive wigs, June 8.

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  • 2017 Catholic high school graduations

    As the school year comes to an end, The Pilot congratulates all the members of the class of 2017 who graduated from Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Boston. This year's roundup of commencement exercises is presented alphabetically by school.

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  • Father Francis J. Daly named pastor at Sharon parish

    A Hub native where he was born on Nov. 23, 1942, Father Francis J. Daly grew up in a strong Irish Catholic family in Boston's Allston section. He attended the parish school; Boston Latin School and entered the archdiocesan seminaries, first at Cardinal O'Connell in Jamaica Plain and then at St. John in Brighton. He was sent to Rome as a student at the Pontifical North American College and studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in the Eternal City.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Like the rest of the American public, I was shocked by the terrible shooting that took place earlier this week in Arlington, Virginia, where a group of Republican Congressmen were practicing for a charity baseball game against a team of their Democratic colleagues -- just the type of social interaction we need to see more of in our Congress, which has become so polarized and paralyzed by partisan differences.

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  • Seven ordained transitional deacons

    ROXBURY -- In a last major step toward the priesthood, seven men were ordained transitional deacons in the presence of family, friends, fellow seminarians, clergy, and religious during a June 10 Mass at Holy Name Parish in Roxbury.

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  • Father Walter Waldron retires as pastor

    He traveled far from home in Milton to complete his seminary studies; and save for two years, he served only a few miles from Milton in the city of Boston for five decades. Father Walter J. Waldron who was born in Boston on Feb. 16, 1940 became a senior priest of the archdiocese on June 13, 2017. In between those dates is the story.

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  • The Little Sisters of the Poor receive Cummings Foundation Grant

    SOMERVILLE -- The Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville were chosen among over 500 applicants to be a recipients of this year's Cummings Foundation 100K for 100 program. The sisters are thrilled about this generous gift, as it will help them in continuing their mission of serving the Elderly Poor of the Greater Boston area.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    This past weekend was, of course, Pentecost (6/3) and as has been my tradition, I celebrated confirmations for the young people of the Brazilian community in the archdiocese. Ordinarily, we would hold all the confirmations at the same time at the cathedral. However, this year, because the upper church of the cathedral is closed, we are holding them in stages at different locations. This first group was held at the Madonna Queen Shrine in East Boston and next weekend we'll be celebrating confirmations at St. Tarcisius in Framingham.

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  • Vocation Day gathers Catholic homeschooling families

    WESTON -- Children of all ages raced around the lawn of Pope St. John XXIII Seminary, taking advantage of the seminary's basketball court and tiny mini-golf area while seeing old friends and making new ones. Parents looked on, watching their kids enjoy the Archdiocese of Boston's 11th annual Homeschooler Vocation Day, June 1.

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  • Mass. bishops prohibit signature drives on Church property

    BRAINTREE -- In a joint letter issued last week, the bishops of Massachusetts issued a new policy banning future legislative signature drives on Church property. "We hereby direct that what has commonly been referred to as 'signature drives' to enact or repeal a law or amend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts not take place on Church property," the new policy reads.

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  • Weigel honored at Redemptoris Mater Seminary gala

    QUINCY -- Nearly 600 supporters of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Boston gathered at the Boston Marriot Quincy hotel June 4 for the seminary's 8th annual Gala Dinner, which honored noted Catholic author and papal biographer George Weigel.

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  • Closed Scituate church property up for sale

    SCITUATE -- One year after an occupation by former parishioners ended, the property of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate has been put up for sale by the Archdiocese of Boston. Listed at $2.2 million with Jack Conway and Company, Inc., the property, which contains the former church and recreation center, is a little over 16 acres. It is listed as "residential" on the real estate company's website JackConway.com.

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  • Religious brother jubilarians

    Brother Samuel T. Gunn, BH -- 25 years In 1990 Brother Sam Gunn left behind a promising career as a graphic designer and illustrator in New York City to pursue a vocation to religious life with the Brotherhood of Hope. This was not only a departure from a career, but with it he crossed the threshold in a conversion from the Baptist faith to Roman Catholicism. His father, Baptist minister Rev. Allen R. Gunn, was alarmed at the time, but grew to accept and support his son's calling.

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  • Group seeks to spread missionary message

    Witnesses in Global Mission, a group of priests, brothers, sisters, and laity, is looking to share its members' knowledge and experience of social justice and missionary work with parishes, schools, and organizations throughout New England with talks and activities.

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  • Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton marks 10th year

    BROCKTON -- It's been 10 years since Trinity Catholic Academy (TCA) in Brockton first opened its doors, a milestone the school celebrated on Ascension Thursday, May 25, with a special Mass presided by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley.

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  • BU awards Medeiros Scholarships to Catholic high seniors

    BOSTON -- Boston University awarded 12 graduating Catholic high school seniors the Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship, during a May 24 ceremony held at the university. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Boston University provost Jean Morrison, and Father David Barnes, the university's Catholic chaplain, presented the students with the scholarships, which combined are valued at over $2 million.

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  • Parishes begin Phase V of Disciples in Mission

    BRAINTREE -- The latest group of 13 parishes organized into 9 collaboratives began their implementation of the archdiocese's pastoral plan Disciples of Mission, June 1. The parishes and pastors participating in Phase V of Disciples of Mission are:

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  • Neighbors Who Care receives Cummings Foundation grant

    Neighbors Who Care is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation's $100K for 100 program. The Waltham-based organization was chosen from a total of 549 applicants, during a competitive review process.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Sunday (5/21), I went to St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Parish in East Boston to celebrate a Mass to mark their 125th anniversary. The parish was originally very much comprised of Italian immigrants, but today there is a very large Hispanic and Brazilian community in the parish. For a number of years, the parish has been staffed by the Don Orione Fathers, and we were pleased to be joined by the General Superior of the Don Orione Fathers, Father Oreste Ferrari; their Secretary General, Father Janus Sowizdrzal; the pastor of St. Joseph-St. Lazarus, Father Mirek Kowalczyk, as well as a number of other priests. We also were pleased to be joined by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ruggiero, who have given significant time and effort in support of the parish and East Boston Central Catholic School.

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