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  • Students gather at Pastoral Center for Mission Education Day

    BRAINTREE -- Students and teachers from over a dozen Catholic schools visited the Pastoral Center on Oct. 3 for Mission Education Day. The annual event is organized by the Missionary Childhood Association, one of the Pontifical Mission Societies, to give students an opportunity to learn how they can support the Church's missionary work. The daylong program included speakers, crafts, lunch, and Mass with Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley.

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  • Boston-area Catholics gather for annual Hope Conference

    LOWELL -- Hope Conference 2019 kicked off with a powerful jump-start last Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium as doors opened at 8 a.m. sharp. This was the third annual conference arranged by Hope Conferences, Inc., a small group of Catholic men and women in the New England area who have been involved in holding retreats and conferences in this region for over 20 years.

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  • Connect Boston event brings together young Catholic professionals

    BOSTON -- Faith and work were united on Oct. 2 as the archdiocese's Office of Campus Ministry held its first Connect Boston event at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Over 700 young adults, including students from 28 different colleges and universities, came to network with Catholic peers, industry leaders, and organizations. The evening included speakers and panel discussions with professionals from various fields, including business, the arts, and religious vocations.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday evening, I attended a reception at the home of Jim and Joanne Gallagher, highlighting the work of Catholic Charities. Jim is the former chairman of the board of Catholic Charities. During the evening, I addressed the group, along with the current chairman of the board, Kevin MacKenzie, and with Catholic Charities' president, Debbie Rambo.

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  • Work of Pope St. John XXIII Seminary celebrated at Lawn Party

    WESTON -- Deacon Peter Okajima, a seminarian at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, said he laughed when he realized God was calling him to the priesthood. Addressing the attendees of the seminary's 38th annual Lawn Party on Sept. 25, Deacon Okajima shared how he had grown up in a household without faith. He married, had two children, and had a good career working in finance, but he felt "a sense of incompleteness," as though "something important" was missing from his life. One day, as he pondered this feeling, he heard a voice telling him, "Go to church."

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  • Boston priests join trip to U.S.-Mexico border

    BRAINTREE -- While it seems there has been a constant stream of news stories in recent months detailing the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, last month a group of Boston priests had an opportunity to see the situation there first-hand.

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  • Permanent deacons gather for annual convocation

    MILTON -- Permanent deacons from throughout the archdiocese attended the annual convocation of the Boston Diaconate Community on Sept. 28, which included announcements from their leaders, presentations from a keynote speaker, and a Mass with Cardinal Seán O'Malley.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, we had one of our regular cabinet meetings, which is a gathering with the heads of the departments of the Archdiocese of Boston to discuss the affairs of the archdiocese. Just as I do with other groups of consultors, such as the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, the Archdiocesan Finance Council, and the Presbyteral Council, we meet periodically to discuss pastoral challenges in the archdiocese, as well as our own programs and plans.

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  • Nine men ordained permanent deacons

    BOSTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordained nine men to the order of deacon in a bilingual Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sept. 21, the feast of St. Matthew. The new deacons are Alan Amaral from Sacred Heart Parish in Middleboro, Philip Anderson from St. Paul Parish in Hingham, Peter Bujwid from St. Eulalia Parish in Winchester, Wilfredo Dilan from St. Stephen Parish in Framingham, Ronald Gerwatowski from St. Mary Parish in Franklin, Bashan Goppee from St. Thomas More Parish in Braintree, Antonio Perez from Sacred Heart Parish in Roslindale, Matthew Porter from St. Paul Parish in Hingham, and Glenn Smith from St. Michael Parish in Bedford.

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  • Celebration of the Priesthood dinner raises $1.6 million

    BOSTON -- About 1,500 people attended the 11th annual Celebration of the Priesthood dinner at the Seaport World Trade Center on Sept. 19, to show their support for Boston's priests and, in the process, raise $1.6 million for the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust.

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  • Parishes organize October events for Respect Life Month

    BRAINTREE -- Parishes throughout the archdiocese are preparing to hold events in honor of Respect Life Month. The Church in the United States observes Respect Life Month every October. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides resources for individuals and organizations to promote Church teaching on respect for human life. The theme for October 2019 is "Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Much of this past week, I was in Rome for meetings of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, as well as meetings of the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father on the reform of the Roman Curia.

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  • Mass. bishops urge action on climate change

    BRAINTREE -- The bishops of the four Catholic dioceses of Massachusetts are expressing their shared concern about climate change and commitment to protecting the environment. In a joint statement issued Sept. 16, entitled "Embracing Laudato Si'," the bishops said, "In our home state of Massachusetts, we are blessed with inspiring natural beauty from the seashore on the east coast to the majestic mountain vistas in the west -- with rolling hills, vibrant communities and rich farmlands throughout the state."

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  • 2019 permanent deacon ordination class

    BOSTON -- Nine men will be ordained to the Order of Deacon by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sept. 21. The formation program for deacons is a four-year process of discernment, study and prayer, which includes two courses a semester and one Saturday meeting a month for additional training and prayer. The program requires two retreats a year, one with wives and one together with their class. The program offers the men the option to complete their master's degree in theology after ordination with a few additional courses through St. John's Seminary.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday, we had our annual gathering of newly retired priests at the Pastoral Center. In the morning, they heard a presentation by Joe D'Arrigo and his staff of our Clergy Health and Retirement Trust, providing them with helpful information as they make the transition to the role of senior priest. Then, at noon, I joined them for lunch.

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