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  • Local Catholics receive papal honors

    BRAINTREE -- Five people in the Archdiocese of Boston, three priests and two laypeople, are receiving special recognition from the Holy Father at Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's request. Father J. Bryan Hehir, the archdiocese's secretary of health and social services, and St. John's Seminary Rector Father Stephen Salocks will each receive the title of monsignor in honor of their service to the archdiocese.

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  • Pope names Lawrence Maronite priest to Mexico post

    Pope Francis turned to the Merrimack Valley, specifically to St. Anthony of Padua (Maronite) Parish and its pastor, Father Elie Mikhael, when looking for someone to lead the Maronite Eparchy (diocese) in Mexico. Its actual name is the Eparchy of Our Lady of the Martyrs of Lebanon in Mexico City of the Maronites. The territory of the eparchy is the entire country of Mexico.

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  • Bishop McDermott ordained 11th bishop of Burlington

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, metropolitan archbishop of Boston, ordained another one of his suffragan bishops, Most Rev. John J. McDermott, as the 11th bishop of Burlington at St. Joseph Cathedral, Burlington, Vermont, on July 15, 2024. Just about two months ago, he had ordained Bishop James T. Ruggieri as the 13th bishop of Portland; Burlington and Portland are New England's first twin dioceses, both separated from Boston on July 29, 1853. The other New England twins are Bridgeport and Norwich, both separated from Hartford 100 years later, on August 6, 1953.

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  • Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur 175th anniversary: Notre Dame Virtual School . . . Networking for 21st century education

    "In the schools, teach whatever is necessary to equip the students for life." These words of St. Julie Billiart, founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, written to the first Sisters of her young congregation, have continued to inspire them throughout the years in all their educational ministries. In the early days of the congregation, teaching what was "necessary to equip the students for life" meant teaching sewing and lacemaking in addition to catechism. As the world's needs changed, so did what was "necessary." So, the Sisters responded by founding elementary schools, comprehensive high schools, and colleges that taught a wide range of subjects while always focusing on educating students about the good God.

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  • Cardinal blesses extensive renovations at Jamaica Plain church

    JAMAICA PLAIN -- Father Andrea Povero, parochial vicar of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain, didn't know what to do with his pews. Since January 2022, St. Thomas Aquinas had been closed for an extensive renovation following the designs of Spanish icon painter and Neocatechumenal Way founder Kiko ArgÜello, intended to beautify the 153-year-old church building and aid in evangelization.

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  • Father Daniel Mahoney remembered as 'a firefighter's firefighter'

    CHARLESTOWN -- Everyone knew him as Danny. Or Danno. Or Father Dan. Or, simply, Dan. Father Dan Mahoney, the longtime Boston Fire Department chaplain who died on June 19 at the age of 94, was given a hero's farewell during a funeral Mass celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Charlestown on June 27. Father Mahoney served as pastor at St. Francis de Sales Parish from 1978 until his retirement in 2022. That was also the year he retired as chief chaplain of the Boston Fire Department, a position he held since 1991. He had been a chaplain in the department since 1964.

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  • Pilot honored with four Catholic Media Awards

    BRAINTREE -- The Pilot earned four Catholic Media Awards at this year's Catholic Media Conference, held from June 18 to 21 in Atlanta, Georgia. The awards are sponsored by the Catholic Media Association, which annually honors the best in Catholic journalism. Each year, Catholic newspapers, websites, and magazines submit entries that are judged by a panel of independent experts. The Pilot, the oldest Catholic newspaper in the U.S., has been recognized each year for more than two decades.

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  • Order of Malta's ties to Revolution explored at feast day gathering

    BOSTON -- In 1778, at the height of the American Revolution, Mercy Otis Warren had a warning for Abigail Adams. That year, after France allied with the Thirteen Colonies, a French fleet came to Boston. Many of the French naval officers were Knights of Malta (as the order was then called) because Malta provided better naval training than France. The home of Josiah Quincy served as a headquarters for these officers and a place for them to socialize. In a 1778 letter, Warren wrote to Adams that "Knights of Malta are sometimes dangerous companions."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I want to begin this week by saying how saddened we were by the passing of Father Dan Mahoney. Father Mahoney was beloved by his parishioners and the wider community, where he served the people of the archdiocese for nearly 70 years as a priest. For over 60 of those years, he was a trusted friend and chaplain to the brave men and women of the Boston Fire Department, including 31 years as chief chaplain.

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  • Four Catholic high schools win spring sports championships

    As the school year and the spring sports season comes to an end, The Pilot extends congratulations to the following schools for winning state title championships. Boston College High School won two Division 1 state titles. The baseball team beat St. John, Shrewsbury, 5-1 on Saturday evening, June 15, at Polar Park in Worcester. Led by Coach Steve Healy, the boys end at 20-5. The baseball team last won a state title in 2009. The rugby team beat Xaverian 40-38 on Saturday, June 15, at Curry College in Milton. Led by Coach Paul Carty, the team ends at 6-0-1. The championship is the fourth for the sport at the school.

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