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  • Eight ordained priests for Boston

    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley welcomed eight men into the priesthood, May 20, during a Mass of Ordination at Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell. The 1,000 seat church was filled beyond capacity with family, friends, parishioners and clergy as the ordinands entered the church and took their seats at the front of the church according to the seminary in which they were formed: Fathers Jason Giombetti, Godfrey Musabe, Americo Santos and William Sexton from St. John's Seminary; Fathers Pablo Gomis and Wellington De Oliveira from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary; and Fathers Kevin Leaver and Michael Zimmerman from the Pontifical North American College.

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  • 17 receive Theological Institute degrees

    BRIGHTON -- The smiling face of 17 graduates of the Theological Institute for The New Evangelization shone brightly from under black graduation caps as they, together with friends and family, gathered at St. John's Seminary in Brighton for the 2017 commencement ceremony May 23.

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  • Forming the Future: Teaching service at St. Augustine School, Andover

    ANDOVER -- Eighth graders at St. Augustine School were given the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others this year. Beginning in November, four students each week left their classrooms and were taken to Lazarus House, an emergency homeless shelter and food bank in Lawrence, where they helped prepare food for distribution.

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  • St. Clement School, Medford to close

    MEDFORD -- St. Clement School in Medford will be closing its doors at the end of the current school year in June. The school currently educates students in grades 6-12, as well as Pre-K. It had also maintained an elementary school until the end of the 2015-2016 year.

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  • Xaverian establishes scholarship honoring Franklin man who perished

    WESTWOOD -- A memorial scholarship fund for Michael J. Doherty has been established at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. A 2015 graduate of Xaverian and a rising junior studying engineering at Duke University, Doherty went missing on May 14 after attending a party near his home in Franklin. An exhaustive manhunt ended May 20 when his body was discovered in a wooded area near Route I-495.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I want to begin this week by noting the passing of Bishop Thomas Daily. Though a sad occasion, I was pleased to attend the services in Brooklyn. In addition to being the former Bishop of Brooklyn he was also a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and was a member of the St. James society who served in Latin America. Of course, he also served as an auxiliary bishop here and as vicar general.

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  • CatholicTV's Matt Weber receives second New England Emmy nomination

    WATERTOWN -- The CatholicTV Network announced May 10 that Matt Weber, host of "The Lens," has been nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy in the 40th Annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards. Weber's nomination in the On-Camera Talent Commentator/Editorialist category is his second Emmy nomination. This year's nomination recognizes his moving monologue about his personal experience with unexplained infertility.

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  • Avon church damaged in vandalism spree

    AVON -- It was early Friday morning, May 12, when Father Thomas Boudreau, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Avon, was woken up "by a large hunk of tar coming through my dining room window." He said he was "jolted" out of bed and went downstairs to investigate the damage and call the police. It was then, as he opened his back door, that he realized the person responsible for the damage was standing on his back porch.

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  • Youville Place celebrates 20th anniversary

    LEXINGTON -- Youville Place Assisted Living Residence marked its 20th anniversary May 5 with an evening of hors d'oeuvres, music, and a look back at its history and heritage. The evening celebration, as well as a special Mass held the following morning, was animated by a spirit of gratitude for the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, a religious order known as "The Grey Nuns," who established the assisted living residence and continue to influence Youville's mission and core values.

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  • Statue's Boston area visit marks Fatima centennial

    WALTHAM -- It was 100 years ago that Our Lady of Fatima first appeared to three young shepherd children in Portugal and spoke to them messages of love and of hope. Yet, today, even 100 years later, said Bishop Robert Reed, that message still lives on.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (5/5) I went to St. Paul School in Hingham to celebrate a Mass to mark the school's 65th anniversary. We were very happy to be joined by a number of the Sisters of Charity to Halifax who are the founders of the school. Afterwards, I made a visit to the school and stopped in at the school's Grandparent's Day celebrations.

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  • Golden jubilarian priests celebrated at Regina Cleri

    WEST END -- The last 50 years have brought tumult and change to our world and to our Church, but through it all the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston have provided spiritual guidance to the faithful, said Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley during a Mass for priests celebrating their 50th anniversary of ordination at the archdiocese's Regina Cleri residence, May 9.

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  • Challenges of the Church discussed at priest convocation

    RANDOLPH -- The Catholic Church faces a number of challenges in today's society, but by looking to Pope Francis, we may find a way forward priests of the Archdiocese of Boston were told at their annual convocation, held May 3 at The Lantana in Randolph.

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  • Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks at Raymond Helmick, SJ lecture

    CHESTNUT HILL -- The second Raymond Helmick SJ Memorial Lecture took place recently at Boston College, marking the first anniversary of Father Helmick's death. Speaker for this event was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. BC Professor Susan Michalczyk, a member of the Raymond Helmick, SJ Memorial Committee, called the assembly to order, Rev. Michael Davidson, SJ, led the opening prayer, and Raymond Barry, Father Helmick's nephew and namesake, welcomed the audience of nearly 300 students, friends, family, and ecumenical and inter-religious colleagues of Father Helmick.

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  • Ordination Class of 2017: Deacon Americo Santos

    This is the eighth 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. Seven years ago, Deacon Americo Santos left his country, his family and his world behind to follow God.

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  • Ordination Class of 2017: Deacon Michael Zimmerman

    This is the seventh 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 Michael Zimmerman's journey to the priesthood has its foundations in his home parish of St. Joseph, Needham. The middle of three children, with one older sister and a younger brother, Deacon Zimmerman grew up in Needham, where he attended his parish school.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Saturday (4/29), I went to Our Lady Help of Christians in Newton to celebrate the confirmations of young men and women formed through our campus ministries in the archdiocese. Msgr. Bill Fay and the other college chaplains were there with us to join in the happy occasion.

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  • Forming the Future: St. Benedict Elementary School, Natick

    NATICK -- The past comes alive for students at St. Benedict Elementary School in Natick. "What makes our school unique in that we are a classical school in a very rigorous Catholic environment," explains Elliott Kane, fifth and sixth grade teacher at St. Benedict's.

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  • Healthcare experts address opioid epidemic at Regis lecture

    WESTON -- Regis, a Catholic university in Weston, hosted a forum on the deadly opioid epidemic April 26 as part of its Regis President's Lecture Series on Health. The discussion drew leading experts from around Massachusetts and nearly 300 people attended including nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, students and members of the public.

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  • Ordination Class of 2017: Deacon Pablo Gomis

    This is the sixth 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. "I want to evangelize. I want to bring Christ to the people," said Deacon Pablo Gomis. "The answer to suffering, the answer to any pain and the only way out of sin, is through Christ. This free love, this is what I want to bring to the people."

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  • Fired Central Catholic High employee under investigation

    LAWRENCE -- An administrator at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence fired for violating the "school's policies pertaining to appropriate social boundaries between students and faculty," is now under investigation for allegedly raping a boy when he was a student at the school.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Each year we have a gathering of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, or FOCUS, lay missionaries working in the various universities in the Archdiocese of Boston. This year, it was held last Thursday evening (4/20) at St. Mary's Parish in Waltham, and hosted by Fathers Wayne Belchner and Eric Cadin, along with Father Dan Hennessey.

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