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The Working Boys' HomeThomas Lester

On June 1, 1883, a new Catholic charity known as the Working Boys' Home was established at 113 Eliot Street in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Its primary mission was to provide a home for adolescent ...

Boston College's centennial commencement Thomas Lester

At the Boston College commencement on April 20, 1963, Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston was one of the many special guests invited to help mark the college's centennial that year. President John F. Kennedy ...

The Home for Destitute Catholic ChildrenThomas Lester

As the 19th century progressed, so, too, did ideas about how to care for orphaned children. In the first half of the century, it was believed that these children were best served by boarding them at institutions. ...

The 75th anniversary of Cardinal O'Connell's death Thomas Lester

The Monday after Easter, April 22, marked the 75th anniversary of the death of Cardinal William Henry O'Connell, the fifth bishop of Boston, whose tenure spanned 1907 to 1944. This column has previously ...

A letter from Bishop John DuBois of New YorkThomas Lester

On April 17, 1834, Bishop John DuBois of New York wrote to Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston. He starts by discussing the need to properly vet visiting priests; his trouble incorporating a seminary in ...

The first church for the Catholics of Manchester, N.H. Thomas Lester

In the archive's manuscript collection is a contract dated March 22, 1849, containing the terms agreed upon by Tobias Boland of Cambridge and Father William McDonald of Manchester, New Hampshire, for ...

Cardinal Cushing speaks on the legacy of St. PatrickThomas Lester

On March 13, 1954, then Archbishop Richard J. Cushing gave an address to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, highlighting the impact of St. Patrick upon Irish Catholics. St. Patrick ...

Bishop Fenwick's 1834 report on the Boston Diocese Thomas Lester

Within the papers of Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston resides a 68-page handwritten manuscript on the state and history of the Diocese of Boston, which then encompassed all of New England. Bishop Fenwick ...