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  • Residents, clergy, and police walk for peace in Dorchester

    DORCHESTER -- The sun was just starting to set when the flashlights came on and chants of "Light up the streets, light up the night!" echoed across Dorchester's Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood. The chanting, coming from dozens of voices, caused residents to open their windows and their doors to peer out at the parade of civilians, police officers, and clergy members who made their way down the streets, shining flashlights on neighborhoods that have, especially in the last few weeks, seen some dark times.

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  • National Catholic service program aids Boston area seniors

    EVERETT -- Saugus senior citizen Ken Nadeau sounded emotional as he addressed the hundreds of people gathered in the auditorium of Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, June 29. He was on stage thanking the young adults who had cleaned his entire house and did yard work as part of the Catholic Heart Workcamp service program, during the camp's Resident Night.

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  • Andover parish teens aid non-profits

    ANDOVER -- Forty-nine teens, along with 18 adult participants, from St. Augustine Parish's Youth Ministry spent the first full week of summer vacation serving several of their local neighbors in need of help as part of the ministry's UNITAS program.

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  • Man sues archdiocese, cites sex abuse by priest at orphanage

    BOSTON -- A New York man is suing the Archdiocese of Boston for sexual abuse he says he suffered decades ago at a Church-affiliated home for orphaned and foster children. Andre Jones, who's 51, said on Monday that he was abused in the 1970s by the late Brother Edward Anthony Holmes, a supervisor and counselor at the now-shuttered Nazareth Child Care Center.

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  • Pope accepts Bishop Kennedy's resignation due to age

    The Holy See announced June 30 that Pope Francis had accepted the request of Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy to resign as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese. Bishop Kennedy had submitted the customary letter of resignation "on having reached the age limit" on his 75th birthday, Jan. 9, 2017. The Boston native has been serving as an auxiliary of the archdiocese since his episcopal ordination on Sept. 14, 2010.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    First, on Saturday (7/8) the archdiocese organized a rally for Hispanic youth at Fontbonne Academy in Milton. We had about 450 young people with us there. The kids all looked wonderful in their blue T-shirts that said "Atrevete a Navegar Contracorriente" ("Daring to Swim Against the Current") and had the symbol of the fish, which of course in the Early Church was the symbol of the Christian because it comes from the acrostic of the Greek words "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior."

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  • National Catholic service program aids Boston area seniors

    EVERETT -- Saugus senior citizen Ken Nadeau sounded emotional as he addressed the hundreds people gathered in the auditorium of Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, June 29. He was on stage thanking the young adults who had cleaned his entire house and did yardwork as part of the Catholic Heart Workcamp service program, during the camp's Resident Night.

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  • Pope accepts Bishop Kennedy's resignation due to age

    The Holy See announced today, June 30, 2017, that Pope Francis had accepted the request of Bishop Arthur L. Kennedy to resign as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese. Bishop Kennedy had submitted the customary letter of resignation "on having reached the age limit" on his 75th birthday, Jan.9, 2017. The Boston native has been serving as an auxiliary of the archdiocese since his episcopal ordination on Sept. 14, 2010.

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  • Future phases of Disciples in Mission announced

    BRAINTREE -- With Phase V of the archdiocese's pastoral plan Disciples in Mission now underway, the Archdiocese of Boston has announced planned collaboratives in Phases VI through XI, detailing what is expected to be the last six stages in the pastoral plan.

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  • Schedule for future parish collaboratives

    Following is a list of planned future collaboratives for parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston and the year that they are predicted to start implementing Disciples in Mission. The list reflects the planned collaboratives and schedule as of June 28, 2017, however, the archdiocese's director of Pastoral Planning Father Paul Soper said, "The list has evolved significantly during recent times, and will continue to evolve."

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  • Pilot honored at Catholic Press Awards

    BRAINTREE -- The Pilot received a record nine awards in the Catholic Press Association's 2017 Press Awards competition, including receiving a second place award for the category of Best Newspaper Website.

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  • MCC supports criminal reform bill

    BRAINTREE -- In a testimony sent to the Massachusetts Senate Judiciary Committee, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference (MCC) praised a state bill that would see reforms to the criminal justice system, but also suggested additional ways in which the system could be reformed.

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  • Seven Catholic school principals retire

    BRAINTREE -- After years of service in education, principals of seven Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston have announced their retirement following the 2016- 2017 school year. In her June 23 Weekly Memo that announced the retirements, superintendent of Catholic Schools Kathy Mears wrote "All of you will be greatly missed. I am happy for you that you will have an opportunity to spend time with family, travel, or just live at a less-hectic pace, but I am sad that we will no longer work together!"

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  • Cardinal approves changes to Salem Catholic Collaborative

    SALEM -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley has approved of a plan that will bring changes to the Salem Catholic Collaborative. Under the plan, two of the three parishes in the collaborative -- Immaculate Conception and St. James -- will merge effective Aug. 1, and the third parish, St. John the Baptist, will become a shrine of Divine Mercy.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (6/16) I was visited by the Mexican Consul General in Boston, Emilio Rabasa. He presented me with a very beautiful silver image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that his 90-year-old mother sent him to give to me!

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  • Simulation puts participants 'In a Refugee's Shoes'

    BOSTON -- Many people looked confused, and some a little frustrated, as they wandered from station to station during Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston's "In a Refugee's Shoes" interactive simulation. But, organizers said, that was exactly what was supposed to happen.

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  • Catholic Charities hosts panel on refugee experience

    BOSTON -- Experts on immigration and refugees spoke on whether welcoming refugees is still an American value during a panel discussion held at Boston College High School, June 17, and hosted by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Seaport Shrine hosts prayer service for Sail Boston 2017

    SOUTH BOSTON -- Next to the tall ships in the harbor for Sail Boston 2017 and amidst the hustle and bustle of the crowds of people who had come to see them, a morning ecumenical prayer service for sailors was held at Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine, June 18.

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  • Needham students 'Buzz Off' for cancer

    NEEDHAM -- Students at St. Joseph Elementary School in Needham are giving back in support of cancer patients. For the 5th year, a record number of more than 30 St. Joseph School girls, and a Monsignor Haddad Middle School student, donated their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to help girls and women with cancer receive wigs, June 8.

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  • 2017 Catholic high school graduations

    As the school year comes to an end, The Pilot congratulates all the members of the class of 2017 who graduated from Catholic high schools within the Archdiocese of Boston. This year's roundup of commencement exercises is presented alphabetically by school.

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  • Father Francis J. Daly named pastor at Sharon parish

    A Hub native where he was born on Nov. 23, 1942, Father Francis J. Daly grew up in a strong Irish Catholic family in Boston's Allston section. He attended the parish school; Boston Latin School and entered the archdiocesan seminaries, first at Cardinal O'Connell in Jamaica Plain and then at St. John in Brighton. He was sent to Rome as a student at the Pontifical North American College and studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in the Eternal City.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Like the rest of the American public, I was shocked by the terrible shooting that took place earlier this week in Arlington, Virginia, where a group of Republican Congressmen were practicing for a charity baseball game against a team of their Democratic colleagues -- just the type of social interaction we need to see more of in our Congress, which has become so polarized and paralyzed by partisan differences.

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