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The Third Plenary Council of BaltimoreThomas Lester

On Sunday, Nov. 9, 1884, 14 archbishops, 57 bishops, six abbots, 31 superiors of religious orders, 11 seminary presidents, and 88 theologians convened for the opening of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. ...

The origins of World Mission Sunday Thomas Lester

This Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, is World Mission Sunday. Each year since 1926, when it was introduced by Pius XI, the penultimate Sunday in October has been designated as a day for all Catholics to reflect ...

An early Boston convert to CatholicismThomas Lester

On Oct. 20, 1839, William Comstock wrote to Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston from his home at Number Four, Medford Turnpike, Charlestown. He reveals that his wife Mary, along with himself and their four ...

The founding of Emmanuel College Thomas Lester

This month, Emmanuel College in Boston celebrates its 100th anniversary. It was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur -- whose history this column has discussed previously -- but warrant our attention ...

The Sulpicians and their role forming Boston's priestsThomas Lester

I was fortunate enough to travel to Paris recently and, while planning the trip, saw a reference to the Eglise Saint-Sulpice, or Church of St. Sulpice. I was somewhat familiar with the Sulpicians and ...

St. Damien of Molokai Thomas Lester

On Aug. 21, 1959, Hawaii, a United States territory since 1898, became the 50th state of the Union. With this in mind, let us turn our attention to a brief account of the life of St. Damien of Molokai. St. ...

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 ...