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  • Nine ordained to the priesthood

    SOUTH END -- Friends, family, and clergy joined Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston as he ordained nine men to the priesthood, May 21. The cardinal welcomed Fathers Christopher Woongjin Bae, Matthew John Conley, Patrick Joseph Fiorillo, J. Thomas Gignac, Stephen Robert LeBlanc, Huan Dinh Ngo, Thomas Olson, Kevin Staley-Joyce, and Thomas Robert Sullivan to their new vocation.

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  • Scout Mass at the Cathedral

    SOUTH END -- Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from across the Archdiocese of Boston came together to celebrate their accomplishments at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, May 22, during a Mass celebrated by Father Matt Williams, director of Faith Formation for the archdiocese.

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  • Seminars aim to clarify new annulment process

    BRAINTREE -- To help clergy, pastoral staff, and laypeople understand the changes Pope Francis' 2015 motu proprio, "Miti Iudex Dominus Iesus," made to the annulment process the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Boston, headed by Judicial Vicar Father Mark O'Connell, has been holding seminars explaining the process across the archdiocese.

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  • Boston University awards Medeiros Scholarships to local students

    BOSTON -- Twelve graduating Catholic high school students received Boston University's Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship, during a May 17 ceremony held at the university. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and Boston University provost Jean Morrison presented the students with the scholarships, which combined are valued at nearly $2.3 million.

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  • Episcopal ordination of Archbishop-elect Paul Russell

    The historic ordination of Archbishop-elect Paul Russell on Friday, June 3, 2016 will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 2:00 p.m. The archbishop-elect will be the first priest of the archdiocese ordained for service as a nuncio (ambassador) in the Holy See's diplomatic service.

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  • Ursuline Academy breaks ground for new athletic and convocation center

    DEDHAM -- Ursuline Academy broke ground on May 16 for the construction of a new 40,000 square foot Athletic and Convocation Center. The ACC is the first major enhancement to the Lowder Street campus since the addition of a science wing in 2002. The new building will house classrooms and an innovation lab, a regulation-size gymnasium, a fitness room, gathering space, and more. It is strategically located overlooking the academic building, the playing fields, and the convent that was formerly home to the Ursuline Sisters, connecting to the schools' objective of helping students to grow in mind, body and spirit. It is expected to be completed by the fall of 2017.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (5/13), I celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, where I received an honorary degree in Theology. Steubenville, of course, is making a very unique contribution to the life of the Church. It has been a great source of vocations and training for Church leadership. Something like 70 to 80 percent of the students there are in studies related to theology or evangelization. Wherever you go in the country, you find young people teaching Catholic schools, or running RCIA, youth ministry, and campus ministry programs, who have been trained at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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  • Vatican Museums patron chapter making comeback

    BRAINTREE -- By hosting regular events in art museums throughout Greater Boston and sponsoring the restoration of valuable artwork, the New England Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums is slowly making a comeback.

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  • 16 receive Theological Institute degrees

    BRIGHTON -- Sixteen members of the class of 2016 earned Master degrees from the Theological Institute for The New Evangelization May 17 during a commencement ceremony at St. John's Seminary in Brighton with rector Msgr. James P. Moroney.

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  • Merrimack Valley Catholic radio goes on air

    METHUEN -- Spanish-language Catholic radio station WGUA 98.1 FM kicked off its inaugural broadcast from its Methuen studio, May 14, with visits from city officials, public tours of the studio, and a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony by Father Paul B. O'Brien.

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  • Memory of Bishop D'Arcy honored at St. John's

    BRIGHTON -- A new plaque in St. John's Seminary's Our Lady of Presentation Lecture Hall and Library hangs before the Bishop John M. D'Arcy Conference Room, announcing the name of the room and featuring an image of the late Bishop D'Arcy.

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  • Mass. Court considers church tax exemption case

    Attleboro -- The tax-exempt status of church properties has been challenged by one Massachusetts municipality, and soon the matter will be settled statewide. In 2013, the city of Attleboro sent a $92,292.98 tax bill to Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine, which had never been taxed in its 60-year history. The Appellate Tax Board upheld the decision, and the shrine's appeal is currently being considered by the Supreme Judicial Court.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday (5/5) was Cinco de Mayo, which in many places is an important day of festival because it marks the Mexican celebration of a victory in a battle against the French in the 1800s. But this year Cinco de Mayo was also the Feast of the Ascension, and I celebrated Mass for the Hispanic community at the Cathedral the Holy Cross.

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  • New Boston fire boat named for dept. chaplain Father Mahoney

    DORCHESTER -- The "Father Dan," the Boston Fire Department's new 32 foot fire boat, sat on the bed of a truck outside Florian Hall in Dorchester as members of the fire department and locals gathered inside the hall to honor the boat's namesake, Father Daniel J. Mahoney.

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  • ICSF leads annual Bus Tour of Dorchester Catholic school

    On May 5, 52 professional men and women left their workplaces, boarded a bus in downtown Boston and headed to school. This year's annual bus tour, sponsored by the Inner City Scholarship Fund (ICSF), took the attendees, most of whom are donors to the ICSF, to the newly renovated St. John Paul II Catholic Academy-Lower Mills Campus.

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  • Forming the Future: Elizabeth Seton Academy, Dorchester

    DORCHESTER -- Elizabeth Seton Academy, the only remaining all-girl Catholic high school within the city of Boston, is launching a new initiative to help supply their students with the tools to become leaders in the fields of science and engineering.

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  • Twiss receives Grey Nuns' humanitarian award

    Lexington -- The Sisters of Charity of Montreal, "Grey Nuns," presented their 18th St. Marguerite d'Youville Humanitarian Award to Camilie Twiss, PhD, RN, at Youville Place in Lexington, May 1. The Sisters honor their foundress St. Marguerite d'Youville by bestowing this award on individuals they feel best exemplify her values and mission.

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  • Priests honor three peers at convocation

    NORWOOD -- During the annual priest convocation, held May 3 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, three priests were honored for their service to the priesthood. Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley and Father Robert M. Blaney, director of the Clergy Personnel Office, honored Father Mark O'Connell, Father Thomas Nestor, and Msgr. John McDonough during a ceremony that was originally set to take place after the March 22 Chrism Mass, but had to be delayed due to technical issues at the original venue.

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  • St. Joseph the Worker Shrine in Lowell celebrates 60 years

    LOWELL -- St. Joseph the Worker Shrine in Lowell celebrated its 60th anniversary on May 10, although its history can be traced back much further. Back in the mid-1800s, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate were invited to minister to the large number of French Canadian immigrants who had settled in the Lowell area in search of work in the cotton mills.

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  • Everett church damaged by fire

    EVERETT -- Immaculate Conception Church in Everett was damaged in an early morning fire on Mother's Day, May 8, forcing parishioners to celebrate the Mother's Day Mass in the gymnasium of a nearby school.

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  • Committee helps parents, parishes 'learn from each other'

    ACTON -- All three of Sam and Elene Doucette's children huddled in the living room of their house in Acton to watch "Star Wars" as their parents sat at the kitchen table to speak to The Pilot. "There's no owner's manual that comes with being a parent," Sam said, laughing.

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  • Workshop offered on new Rite of Marriage

    On Sept. 8, 2016 a newly translated Rite for Marriage may be used in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. On Dec. 30, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Family, it will become the only official, and therefore required, ritual for Catholic marriages in our nation. The title of the new liturgical book will be "Order of Celebrating Matrimony."

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  • Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Kevin Staley-Joyce

    This is the eighth in a series of articles profiling each of the nine men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 21. Earlier articles in the series are available at TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Matthew Conley

    This is the ninth in a series of articles profiling each of the nine men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 21. Earlier articles in the series are available at TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    ...I attended the Catholic Charities Laboure Center Annual Spring Benefit at John Hancock Financial in the Seaport District. During the evening, they honored Sister Maryadele Robinson, who is stepping down from the directorship but will continue to work at the Laboure Center, with the Jack Shaughnessy award, which was presented to her by one of Jack Shaughnessy's sons. I was happy to be part of this event supporting the Laboure Center, which provides the community with so many services, such as mentoring and tutoring, after school programs, counseling and family intervention, elder outreach, job training, and recovery connections programs.

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  • Second class of transitional deacons ordained this year

    SOUTH END -- For the first time in decades, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley ordained a second group of seminarians in one calendar year to the transitional diaconate at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. On April 30, Deacons Jason Giombetti, Pablo Gomis Gonzalez, Godfrey Musabe, Wellington DeOliveira, Joel Santos and William Sexton took their last step before being ordained priests of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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  • Pope St. John XXIII dedicates new learning center

    WESTON -- Culminating months of planning and work, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary dedicated their new Learning Center during a ceremony presided by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, April 27. Over 200 guests, including faculty, seminarians, alumni, and donors to the center, attended the ceremony, which celebrated the recent completion of the two floor, 10,000 square foot center.

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  • Archdiocese hosts first Palliative Care Colloquium

    BRAINTREE -- As part of its efforts to propose an alternative to the growing movement that promotes physician-assisted suicide as an answer to patient suffering, the Archdiocese of Boston held its first-ever annual Palliative Care Colloquium at the Pastoral Center in Braintree, April 30.

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  • Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Patrick Fiorillo

    This is the sixth in a series of articles profiling each of the nine men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 21. Earlier articles in the series are available at TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Thomas Olson

    This is the seventh in a series of articles profiling each of the nine men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 21. Earlier articles in the series are available at TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday (4/22), I had one of my periodic gatherings with seminarians by class. This was just one more opportunity to get together seminarians in small groups to be able to pray with them and dialogue with them about their vocations and the Church. These gatherings are always great joy for me.

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  • Jubilee pilgrimage reaches 'out to the sick and to the suffering'

    SOUTH END -- As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley presided at a Pilgrimage and Mass for the Sick and their Caregivers at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, April 24. The Mass was organized by the Cardinal's Office, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Order of Malta, St. John's Seminary and the Archdiocesan Office of Chaplaincy Programs.

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  • Prayer service recalls Armenian Genocide

    SOUTH END -- The haunting drone of Armenia's national instrument, the duduk, echoed through the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, marking the beginning of the Archdiocese of Boston's first ever commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, April 23.

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  • Forming the Future: Cardinal Spellman High Library Learning Commons

    BROCKTON -- Students at Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton collectively received a fabulous Christmas present this year. After returning from their Christmas break, students entered a school that boasted an entirely new wing. The Library Learning Commons, housed in the former convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph adjacent to the school, is part library, part digital classroom and entirely designed to help students achieve their maximum potential.

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  • Bowman named dean of CUA business school

    BRAINTREE -- Entrepreneur, businessman, and Arlington resident Bill Bowman has been named the dean of the School of Business and Economics at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. "Bill Bowman has achieved great success while living out his faith in the business world. We look forward to working with him as he brings his talents, experience, and values into his new role as dean of the School of Business and Economics," the university's president John Garvey said in announcing the hire, April 5.

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  • Cardinal blesses Habitat for Humanity house dedicated to Pope Francis

    ROXBURY -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley joined Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston in Roxbury April 23 to dedicate and bless a new house that will provide a home to two low-income families. The house was dedicated to Pope Francis and his commitment to social justice at the request of an anonymous donor who made donations of $60,000 each to 50 different Habitat affiliates across the country.

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  • Ordination class of 2016: Deacon Huan Dominic Ngo

    This is the fifth in a series of articles profiling each of the nine men who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 21. Earlier articles in the series are available at TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • Advocacy brings couple to Autism Study Committee

    NEWTON -- Zina Gomez-Liss, with an 8 month old baby strapped to her back, worked to prepare dinner as her husband, Jeff Liss, tended to their 3-year-old child upstairs. Their three other children, ages ranging from 7 to 13, played in the living room.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    ...I joined the annual gala to benefit the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Somerville. We began with Mass, which was concelebrated by a number of priests whose mothers are residents at Jeanne Jugan. The Sisters are such an important presence in the archdiocese. Especially in this Year of Mercy we focus on their lives of mercy, as they serve the elderly and the sick. We also are anxious to see what the final outcome of their legal challenge of the HHS mandate will be. I know I was among the many people who were very pleased to see that the Supreme Court did not rule against them, but instead asked the government and the representatives of the Sisters to look for an alternative to the health care mandate that would be morally and ethically acceptable to the Sisters. I know our entire Catholic community is looking forward to seeing what kind of possibilities can be reached.

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  • New ordinations give reason for hope, but need for priests still great

    WASHINGTON -- It's ordination season and Catholics have reason to be pleased with the numbers of priests who will serve the church well into the future. In recent years, the numbers of priestly ordinations have given Catholic Church observers reason to believe there is not a global vocations crisis, but they acknowledge there is still a need for more.

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