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Conflict on the Passamaquoddy ReservationThomas Lester

On April 28, 1840, Gov. John Francis Neptune wrote to Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston from Pleasant Point, Maine, a town on the Passamaquoddy Reservation. He requested the bishop's aid in a struggle ...

An early mission in Connecticut Thomas Lester

On April 7, 1840, Father John Brady wrote to Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick of Boston, requesting permission to abandon a mission in Chatham, Connecticut, and accede to the request of the congregation by ...

Father Patrick Byrne, one of Boston's first priestsThomas Lester

March 18, 2020, marks 200 years since the ordination of Father Patrick Byrne. Active during the formative years of the Diocese of Boston, Father Byrne was one of a few priests serving Catholics in an ...

Bishop Fitzpatrick's call to aid suffering in Ireland Thomas Lester

On Jan. 25, 1847, the ship Hibernia arrived in the Port of Boston having completed its journey from Ireland. The news it carried not only confirmed stories that the people of Ireland were suffering, but ...

Archbishop Cheverus writes to a friend in BostonThomas Lester

On Feb. 19, 1835, Archbishop Jean Cheverus of Bordeaux wrote to Bryant P. Tilden of Boston, revealing his thoughts on the burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown, his present condition as Archbishop ...

A lawsuit over the construction of St. Mary Church, Newton Upper Falls Thomas Lester

On Jan. 2, 1877, Father Michael Dolan, pastor of St. Mary in Newton Upper Falls, wrote to Archbishop John J. Williams, informing him that for the past 18 months he was involved in a lawsuit which had ...

A new mission parish in TauntonThomas Lester

On Jan. 1, 1865, Father Daniel Hearne wrote to then Father John J. Williams of Boston, resigning as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Taunton. The roots of the Taunton parish can be traced to January 1828, ...

The 150th anniversary of the First Vatican Council -- Part II Thomas Lester

Last week's From the Archives column discussed the announcement of the First Vatican Council (Vatican I) by Pope Pius IX, his appointment of committees to prepare agendas and schemata in advance of the ...