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  • West End tree lighting honors the faithful and the fallen

    WEST END -- The 50th anniversary of the Regina Cleri residence for retired priests was among the people and events of 2014 that was remembered at the 19th Annual Christmas Tree Blessing and Lighting in Cushing Memorial Park, nearby the residence on Cambridge Street in Boston.

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  • Gospel, Prophecy, Hope: Consecrated life in today's Church

    A dove supports on one wing a polyhedral globe, and while resting on the water, it safeguards with the other wing three stars that arise from the water. The Logo for the Year of Consecrated Life expresses through symbols the fundamental values of consecrated life. In it we recognize the "unceasing work of the Holy Spirit, who in every age shows forth the richness of the practice of the evangelical counsels through a multiplicity of charisms. In this way too he makes ever present in the Church and in the world, in time and space, the mystery of Christ" (Vita Consecrata 5).

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  • Record number to attend archdiocese's Pilgrimage for Life

    BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston is set to have another record number of youth and young adults attend the March for Life in Washington this year. More than 840 have registered with the Archdiocese of Boston's Pilgrimage for Life to attend the march, which is held each January to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

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  • Nominations sought for Mass. General Cancer Center's 'the one hundred'

    BOSTON -- The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center is now accepting nominations for ''the one hundred,'' an awareness and fundraising initiative that celebrates hope in the cancer community. Each year, the Mass General Cancer Center honors 100 caregivers, researchers, philanthropists, advocates and volunteers whose commitment to the fight against cancer inspires people from across the country and around the globe to take action. Launched in 2008, 700 remarkable individuals, organizations and groups have, to date, been designated the one hundred honorees. The Mass General Cancer Center is now looking for the next 100.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I am writing to you this week from Rome, where I have been for much of this week for meetings with the Holy Father. But before I left, on Friday (12/5) I went to St. Augustine School in Andover for the celebration of their 100th anniversary. We blessed the cornerstone for the school's new gymnasium, followed by Mass in the parish church with the entire school. The parish is run by the Augustinians and the pastor there is Father Peter Gori. The school was founded by the sisters of Notre Dame, and there is still a presence of the sisters at the school. A century is a great landmark, and the school is thriving and continues to expand. I was very happy to be a part of this very joyful celebration. We were also pleased that a number of parents were able to join the celebration along with the students and teachers.

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  • Boston Greek Orthodox leader shares experience of papal trip

    BROOKLINE -- Metropolitan Methodios, leader of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, recently returned from a trip to Istanbul, Turkey where he witnessed first-hand a historic meeting between Pope Francis and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

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  • A sacred space for prayer, faith sharing, outreach

    In Lowell, Massachusetts, Sister Linda Greenwood, OSF, and Sister Kenan (Kay) Rebholz, OSF, are two Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi who serve in a variety of roles vital to meeting the spiritual needs of today's faithful. San Damiano House of Prayer is located just off of Pawtucket Street, where Fanning Street meets the Northern Canal of the Merrimack River. In 1999, the property was offered to the congregation for one dollar, and Sister Linda believed it was what she was seeking to establish: a house of prayer. "I believe that we are a haven tucked away in a little corner of the world. It is like a cave that Francis of Assisi would have loved, especially when he wanted to break away from his outer world, in order to find again his true self ...."

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  • Local men spread devotion to Jesus' Sacred Heart

    FAIRHAVEN -- Every Catholic family in Massachusetts is invited to open their doors and hearts to Jesus. The Men of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Fairhaven enthrone homes in order to spread the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They say that the enthronement ceremony brings peace, promotes prayer and strengthens family bonds. They have seen the benefits in their own homes and the 50 homes they visit each year. They would like to share the devotion's graces with many more.

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  • BC High students advocate for unaccompanied immigrant children

    Thirteen Boston College High students, led by Christopher Hayes of the school's religious education department and Michael McGonagle, vice principal for Ignatian Mission and Identity at BC High, joined more than 1,000 other attendees at the 17th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C. last month.

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  • Archdiocesan wrap-up of Thanksgiving Day high school football games

    As the fall football season comes to an end, congratulations to Xaverian Brother High School in Westwood for winning the Catholic Conference title, Division 1/South title and ending an undefeated season with the Division 1 super bowl championship on Dec. 6. Congratulations to Central Catholic in Lawrence for winning the Merrimac Valley Title; congratulations to Bishop Fenwick in Peabody for winning the Division 5/North title and to Cathedral in Boston for winning the Division 6/North title.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    In this Holy season of Advent the Church's message is one of hope and peace. It is a time for reflection, prayer and reaching out to those in need. These themes -- hope, peace and compassion -- are urgently needed in our nation as we pray for the Brown and Garner families and all who have been impacted by the turmoil of recent weeks. Issues concerning race in our society call for recognition of our shared humanity. We are all well served by productive dialogue and cooperation between the members of our communities and those in public service. Each person's dignity must be respected and protected, while the safety and good of all people is upheld. We are grateful for the thoughtful leadership shown by Governor Patrick, Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner Evans as citizens have expressed their concern that there be effective means of providing social justice, equality of opportunity and respect for all. May peaceful dialogue on these important issues be a source of betterment for our society.

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  • Archdiocese marks start of Year of Consecrated Life

    SOUTH END -- The Archdiocese of Boston launched into the Year of Consecrated Life, Nov. 30, with a Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross celebrated by vicar general Bishop Peter Uglietto. Pope Francis, who proclaimed the Year of Consecrated Life in 2013, celebrate an opening Mass the same day in Rome.

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  • Year of Consecrated Life

    The Roman Catholic Church across the world, in our country, here in our archdiocese and in the parishes and especially in the local communities of consecrated life will be celebrating the gift of consecrated life to the whole Church.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Like all of you, I am sure, I have been closely watching events surrounding the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. The announcement of the grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson has occasioned great civil unrest, not only in Ferguson but also throughout the country, including demonstrations right here in Boston. The whole episode almost seems like a throwback to a time in our history when civil rights issues were constantly before us. We have made great progress in the area of civil rights and race relations, but there are still things that need to be done, and the mistrust and pain surrounding this event demonstrates the need for us to continue to work for racial justice and harmony in our country.

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  • Cardinal presents Cheverus Medals for service

    SOUTH END -- Without the work of dedicated men and women like this year's 116 Cheverus Award Medal recipients, the mission of the Archdiocese of Boston would grind to a halt, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley said at the Nov. 23 vespers prayer service on at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to present the awards.

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  • Smith, DesRoses honored at Healy Award Dinner

    RANDOLPH -- Lorraine "Ma" Smith and Lorna DesRoses received recognition for their work on behalf of the Black Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Boston at the 21st annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner, held Nov. 21 at Lombardo's in Randolph.

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  • Archdiocese of Boston schools placed on AP District Honor Roll

    BRAINTREE -- Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office is being honored for the first time by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley's statement on immigration

    The following statement was released by the Archdiocese of Boston Nov. 22, the day after President Barack Obama announced a package of administrative actions on immigration. Immigration is not primarily a political problem, but rather a deeply human and profoundly moral challenge facing our nation. Obviously, a fair and just resolution of the immigration question will require a political solution. The Catholic Bishops of the United States support comprehensive reform of our immigration laws, a more accessible path to citizenship for the undocumented and an adequate response to the needs of our country and of the immigrant community.

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  • Father Albert Stankard granted senior priest status

    Father Albert Stankard, who has been active in several parishes with large Hispanic populations, has been granted senior priest retirement status effective Sept. 1, 2014. Cardinal Seán O'Malley announced the retirement several weeks ago.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Friday (11/14), I celebrated the funeral Mass for Father Bob Boyle who had been retired for many years, but is still fondly remembered by many of his former parishioners. He had also served as the principal of Cathedral High School, among the other posts that he held during his long and fruitful ministry as a priest of the archdiocese.

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