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  • Form follows spirit in new Seaport Shrine

    SOUTH BOSTON -- A decade ago, Boston's Seaport district looked more like an industrial lot than an inhabited part of the city. Today, the Seaport district is under bristling with construction. Gone are the under-used lots, their asphalt cracking from years of neglect. In their stead is a series of high rise building in various stages of construction. And in the heart of it all sits a newly built church: Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine.

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  • Carter 'humbled and honored' by Vatican appointment

    BRAINTREE -- For Ann Carter, a Boston public relations and communications executive, being named a consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication is "awesome." "And I mean that in terms of being awestruck, as opposed to the way my kids use the word 'awesome,'" Carter added, laughing, in an April 18 interview with The Pilot.

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  • Oblates to mark anniversaries with Boston gala

    BOSTON -- For two centuries, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary have been a spiritual force in the Catholic world, exercising a love for Mary and a commitment to prayer and the sacraments. Now celebrating their 200th anniversary, and their 40th anniversary of first establishing a presence in Boston, provincial of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary U.S. Province Father Jim Walther said the Oblates are maintaining a wide presence both locally and around the globe.

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  • Shrine's altar to hold relic of patron of sailors

    Since the earliest days of the Church, relics of martyrs and saints have been venerated by the faithful. In keeping with this tradition, to this day Catholic Churches around the world all have a relic enshrined in or under the altar before the church building is dedicated and its altar is consecrated.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    That evening (4/7), I was very happy to attend A Future in Bloom Dinner Gala to benefit Franciscan Children's Hospital. Franciscan Children's was founded in the late 1930s by Cardinal Cushing with the help of Joseph and Rose Kennedy, and was staffed and administered for many years by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. Today, the hospital serves about 16,000 children each year.

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  • Priestly fraternity celebrated at Chrism Mass

    SOUTH END -- Priests from across the Archdiocese of Boston gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston to celebrate their priestly fraternity at the annual Chrism Mass, April 11, celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley.

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  • Pastoral workers share day of faith, reflection at Co-Workers conference

    NEWTON -- Lay pastoral workers, clergy, and religious gathered at Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton to participate in the 2017 Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference, April 7. Sponsored annually by the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization's Masters of Arts in Ministry (MAM) program of St. John's Seminary in Brighton, this year's conference was themed Catholic Leadership: Responding to God's Call.

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  • Seaport shrine to be dedicated April 22

    SOUTH BOSTON -- After years of planning and construction, Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine will be dedicated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley the Saturday after Easter. During an afternoon Mass on April 22 the cardinal will consecrate the altar and dedicate the new shrine, which will be the first Catholic church to be built within the city of Boston in more than 50 years. Because of the limited capacity of the shrine -- about 250 -- the Mass of dedication and consecration will be a ticketed event.

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  • ICSF Dinner Gala raises over $3 million to support Catholic school scholarships

    BOSTON -- Januario Carreiro, a senior at Marian High School in Framingham, has the opportunity to attend some of the best universities in the country. Yet, that opportunity never would have been possible, he said at 27th annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) Dinner Gala, April 6, if it wasn't for his parents' sacrifices and a scholarship to attend Marian through ICSF.

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  • Ordination class of 2017: Deacon Jason Giombetti

    This is the third in a series of articles profiling each of the eight men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley on May 20. Deacon Jason Giombetti grew up with a profound knowledge of God's unconditional love.

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  • Ministries of local sisters highlighted at Regis event

    WESTON -- There was laughter and excited chatter around Regis College's dining hall in the upper student center, April 4, but it wasn't just coming from hungry students. Just outside the dining hall, a number of religious sisters spoke enthusiastically amongst themselves and to students and faculty, handing out pamphlets and cards detailing some of the various ministries religious women from around the Archdiocese of Boston are involved with during a special "meet and greet" session.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Saturday (4/2), I went to Fordham University, where I was invited to celebrate one of a series of special Masses held to celebrate the university's 175th anniversary. Fordham is one of the largest and oldest Catholic universities in the country. It was originally founded in 1841 by the first Archbishop of New York, Archbishop John Hughes as St. John's College. Originally, the seminary of the Archdiocese of New York was located within the University.

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  • Sacred oils prepared for Chrism Mass

    BRAINTREE -- A group of religious sisters gathered last month at Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley's Pastoral Center offices to prepare the sacred oils that will be blessed at the Chrism Mass which will be celebrated on Tuesday of Holy Week at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

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  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies backs Catholic Charities' immigration legal aid

    BOSTON -- Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Boston's Jewish Federation, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston on March 31 jointly announced the launch of the CJP Legal Aid Fund for Immigrants, which will enable Catholic Charities to meet the growing demand for legal assistance to those in the Greater Boston area facing immigration-related legal challenges. CJP will raise funds to support the well-respected and faith-based work in this area performed by Catholic Charities, one of the largest providers of legal aid to immigrants in the Commonwealth.

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  • Priests briefed on current immigration issues

    BRAINTREE -- Priests from across the Archdiocese of Boston gathered at the Pastoral Center in Braintree to attend an informative presentation by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston on the Trump Administration's executive orders concerning immigration and refugees.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As you may remember, last week I was in Rome for a conference on child protection in Catholic education at the Gregorian University, which was held on Thursday (3/23). Following the conference, I remained in Rome for our plenary assembly of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which ran from Friday until Sunday.

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  • Fallen Watertown firefighter laid to rest

    WATERTOWN -- Hundreds of firefighters, community members and other mourners gathered for a funeral Mass March 22 at St. Patrick Church in Watertown to bid farewell to Watertown firefighter Joseph Toscano.

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  • Boston College community bids farewell to Father Monan

    BRIGHTON -- Friends, family, fellow Jesuits, and Boston College alumni mourned the passing of Father J. Donald Monan, SJ, president of Boston College from 1972 to 1996, during a funeral service at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Brighton, March 22.

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  • Forming the Future: St. Brendan School, Dorchester -- 'truly a neighborhood parish school'

    DORCHESTER -- Every year, students in grades four through six at St. Brendan School in Dorchester are invited to partake in a long standing tradition: the school's Oratory Contest. "Every year we have many, many students who volunteer to make a public proclamation of their choosing to the entire school community, as well as to the larger community," explained Maura Burke, principal at St. Brendan's School.

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  • CYO basketball champions

    Each year, throughout the months of December to February, teams from parishes and grammar schools of the Archdiocese of Boston compete in various Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball leagues. At the culmination of each season, the winningest teams from each of the 11 archdiocesan leagues are invited to participate in the annual CYO basketball tournament.

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  • Archdiocese prepares to mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    BRAINTREE -- Since 2002, the Office of Pastoral Support and Child Protection has overseen efforts to keep children protected and has provided support to those who have been victims of clergy sexual abuse. The office works throughout the year to educate the public on its efforts and on ways to prevent child abuse, and in April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the office is doubling down on getting that information out to the public.

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  • Ordination class of 2017: Deacon William Sexton

    This is the first in a series of articles profiling each of the eight men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley on May 20. Deacon William Sexton always knew he was called to serve God.

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  • Regis president delivers scholarship to twin sisters

    DORCHESTER -- The president of Regis, a Catholic university in Weston, gave twin sisters a double surprise recently by presenting each of them with a full scholarship to the university, March 15. It was a typical Wednesday morning when the twins, Emely and Evelyn Nunez, were called to the principal's office at Cristo Rey Boston High School in Dorchester. The two honors students cautiously walked into the office where they were greeted by news cameras and a room full of people. The suspense was lifted when Regis President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN, presented Emely and Evelyn with their acceptance letters to Regis and the prestigious Presidential Catholic Scholarship.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Saturday (3/18), I began the day by attending the annual breakfast for the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry at St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta Parish in Dorchester. The gathering is always held this time of year with a St. Patrick's Day theme.

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