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  • 2024 Catholic Appeal launches this weekend

    BRAINTREE -- On the weekend of March 2 and 3, the 284 parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston will announce the 2024 Catholic Appeal. The annual Catholic Appeal supports parishes, Catholic schools, ministries, and services throughout the archdiocese, serving Catholics and non-Catholics who are in need.

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  • Ordination Class of 2024: Deacon David Joanis

    This is the first in a series of articles profiling the 11 men who will be ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 25, 2024. BRIGHTON -- Deacon David Joanis, a seminarian at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, enjoys playing "the nerdiest board games you can think of."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last weekend, I was pleased to be able to attend the New York Encounter hosted by Communion and Liberation. Each year, CL holds this gathering for young people, which is modeled on "Il Meeting" held every year in Rimini, Italy, and is the largest annual cultural event in Italy.

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  • The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur expand into the Merrimack Valley

    Within a decade after the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur arrived in Boston in 1849, they established a presence in Lawrence, in the Merrimack Valley, dedicating their lives to educating, praying, and sharing God's goodness among the people. This new city was carved out of farmland purchased from neighboring towns and created in 1853 as one of the experimental industrial cities with labor provided by immigrants who dug out the canals, built the mills, and worked the factory machines. These massive mill buildings lined the Merrimack River, where the flowing water provided power for the devices that produced cotton and woolen textiles.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As I mentioned last week, I was in Rome for meetings of the C9 Council of Cardinals. Before I left, I was very happy to have the opportunity to sign an agreement of cooperation between the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. The university has offered to make classrooms and spaces available for us and is anxious to work with us around the whole area of safeguarding.

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  • 'I believe in a second chance for people' says prison chaplain Sister Maureen Clark

    FRAMINGHAM -- Nancy Wagner didn't know God until she was behind bars at MCI Framingham. In 1988, at age 21, Wagner was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her two-year-old daughter Sarah, who suffocated in her car seat. Wagner claimed to have no memory of the night her daughter died. Once imprisoned, not knowing whether she was responsible for Sarah's death, Wagner didn't care whether she lived or died. She began attending Mass every Sunday, and eventually met the Catholic chaplain, Sister Maureen Clark of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden. Wagner and Sister Maureen met every Monday for over 30 years, discussing Wagner's case, her childhood, prison life, and spirituality.

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  • Scituate teen serves as parish council's youngest member

    SCITUATE -- Gil Nabstedt makes it a point to correct his friends when they use the Lord's name in vain. "Hey," he says to them. "You know, the list of things that God told us not to say is only this long, and maybe it's something that you shouldn't say."

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  • BC School of Theology and Ministry to be named for Gloria and Chuck Clough through $25M gift

    CHESTNUT HILL -- The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) will be named the Gloria L. and Charles I. Clough School of Theology and Ministry in honor of two of the university's most loyal and generous benefactors, whose $25 million gift -- one of the largest ever to a school of theology, ministry, and divinity -- will further bolster the school's standing as a global leader in theological study.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Friday, I met with Father Nicolae Pretorian, a Romanian Orthodox priest who has been working and teaching in Greece and is now going to be pursuing doctoral studies at Boston College. He was referred to us by Metropolitan Methodios and came to greet me.

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  • Bishop Cristiano Barbosa ordained to the episcopate

    BOSTON -- Maria do Carmo Borro Barbosa always suspected that her son Cristiano would become a priest. When she was pregnant, she consecrated him to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Forty-seven years later, she, her husband Antonio Dias Barbosa, and their other son Alexandre Fabricio Barbosa came all the way from Brazil to see Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley celebrate the episcopal ordination of Auxiliary Bishop Cristiano Barbosa at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Feb. 3. They were joined by an estimated 3,000 people, who packed the cathedral to the point that many had to stand in the back or to the sides of the sanctuary.

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  • Ecumenical service marks Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    BRAINTREE -- From Jan. 18 to 25, the octave of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Archdiocese of Boston once again observed the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Most notably, the archdiocese participated in a day of prayer, conversation, and meditation across Christian communities at the Annunciation Melkite Catholic Cathedral in West Roxbury.

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  • Olivewood carvings help support Christians in the Holy Land

    CHELSEA -- On Feb. 3 and 4, hundreds of wooden Christs, Madonnas, hands clasped in prayer, crosses, crucifixes, rosaries, blessings, Pietas, Last Suppers, and 10 Commandments were meticulously arranged on tables in the sanctuary and basement of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Chelsea.

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  • Townsend parish martial arts club gives new meaning to spiritual combat

    TOWNSEND -- "What would Jesus feel like, holding those push-ups?" Franchelly Greer asks his students in the Catholic Family Martial Arts Club, which met, as it does every Thursday night, on Feb. 1 at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Townsend. "He's on the cross right now. Do you feel the pain? Every time you feel pain, think about Christ on the cross."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    On Monday, I was visited by the Portuguese Ambassador to the United States, Francisco Duarte Lopes, and the Consul General in Boston, Tiago Araujo. The ambassador had been in the Boston area for several days, visiting different groups and programs related to the Portuguese language and culture, and Monday was his last day here. Earlier in the day, the ambassador visited with Gov. Healey, then he came to visit me at the cathedral. We spoke about the situation of the Portuguese-speaking community in the area, and afterward, they joined me for dinner before the ambassador had to fly back to Washington.

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  • Home of Korean Catholic Community elevated to full parish, receives new pastor

    AUBURNDALE -- Sunday Mass at St. Antoine Daveluy Parish in Auburndale on Jan. 28 represented the start of a new era for the parish, which since 1976 has been a spiritual home for the Archdiocese of Boston's Korean Catholic community. Since 2013, the parish was a quasi-parish, sharing space with Corpus Christi-St. Bernard Parish in Newton. On Jan. 15, St. Antoine's, named after a French missionary martyred in Korea on Good Friday 1866, officially became a parish of its own. The parish now owns the Corpus Christi Church building, which was gifted to the community by Corpus Christi-St. Bernard Parish in 2016.

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  • Campaign for Catholic Schools announces new board leadership

    BRAINTREE -- The Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) announced Jan. 30 that Adage Capital co-founder Robert G. Atchinson has been elected chair of the board, succeeding CCS co-founder and business leader Jack Connors, Jr. Atchinson had previously served as vice chair of the board and trustee.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As I mentioned last week, I was very happy to take part in the Life Fest gathering, sponsored by the Sisters of Life and the Knights of Columbus. Despite the fact that there was considerable snow by Washington, D.C., standards, about 6,000 young people were able to gather for that event, which featured witness talks, confession, adoration, and Mass.

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