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  • Regina Cleri celebrates 60 years of caring for archdiocese's priests

    BOSTON -- To Father Bryan Parrish, former vicar for clergy of the Archdiocese of Boston, Regina Cleri is holy ground. Established in 1964 by Cardinal Richard Cushing, the residence for the Archdiocese of Boston's senior priests holds such significance for Father Parrish, not because of the building itself, but because of the priests who live there.

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  • DesRoses recognized with Blind Employee of the Year Award

    BRAINTREE -- Lorna DesRoses, the Archdiocese of Boston's Evangelization Consultant for Ethnic Communities, jokes that she could write a book about faith and disability. DesRoses was born with glaucoma, cataracts, and nystagmus, a condition that causes involuntary repetitive eye movement. She has been almost entirely blind for much of her life and first came to Boston to receive treatment for her vision. While attending public high school in Boston, an instructor from the Newton-based Carroll Center for the Blind taught her how to use large-print software on her computer. Her first job after graduating from Regis College was as a receptionist at the Carroll Center. There, she took computer and Braille reading classes and received orientation and mobility training.

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  • Planning Office breaks ground on Mattapan senior housing project

    MATTAPAN -- Sheila Dillon, chief of housing for the City of Boston, is used to receiving "painful calls" from some of the 82,000 older adults living in the city. Of those 82,000, half of them are renters, and according to Dillon, half of those renters are "severely rent-burdened." Their median yearly income is between $40,000 and $50,000. When these older adults call Sheila, it's because they are being forced to leave housing units that they have called home for decades.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Saturday, I had the ordination of one of the friars of my province, Father Michael Herlihey. This is one of four Capuchin ordinations I have this year. It was held at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh, where I was ordained 54 years ago and where we have many of our professions and ordinations. So, it was a great joy to be there with so many friars from our province.

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  • Sisters of St. Joseph join national anti-gun violence observance

    A banner on the fence outside the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Brighton read, "Gun violence is the number one killer of children and teens in America." That fact is why, on June 6, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston hosted one of many prayer vigils taking place around our country during June. The purpose was to commemorate the 10th annual national "Wear Orange" month to raise awareness of gun violence and to inspire action aimed at combating the problem.

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  • Cheverus profiles: Joseph Gray of St. Joseph Parish in Malden

    BRAINTREE -- When an odd job has to be taken care of at St. Joseph Parish in Malden, volunteer Joseph Gray always hops to it -- sometimes literally. For the last four years, Gray has dressed up as the Easter Bunny to entertain kids on Easter Sunday. Speaking to The Pilot in a March 13 phone interview, Gray said that he doesn't mind looking "weird" if it's for the sake of the church.

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  • Redemptoris Mater Seminary breaks ground on expansion project

    CHESTNUT HILL -- The Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Chestnut Hill broke ground for an ambitious expansion project, including a new chapel, in a ceremony on June 11. "As our needs have brought us to this moment, your unwavering support and boundless generosity enables us to stand here today," Redemptoris Mater Seminary Rector Father Antonio Medeiros told supporters at the ceremony.

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  • Cambridge parish celebrates St. Anthony feast tradition

    CAMBRIDGE -- The weather in Cambridge on June 9 was rainy and gloomy, but the clouds dispersed just in time for the annual procession that is the highlight of St. Anthony Parish's celebration of the feast of St. Anthony. Outside the church, beneath the blinding sun, hundreds of faithful prepared to march through the streets of Cambridge. Children dressed as saints and angels were showing each other which of their baby teeth they had lost, while girls in billowing white dresses were getting their hair done.

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  • Cardinal celebrates with 50th jubilarian priests at Regina Cleri

    BOSTON -- It was only natural for Father Stephen Rock to enter the priesthood. One of seven children born and raised in North Andover, he had many cousins who were priests and religious sisters. Joining them in the call to vocation, he was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 1973. He had no idea what the next 50 years would have in store for him. He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces for 22 years in 30 countries, primarily in Europe and East Asia.

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  • Father Leahy to step down as BC president in 2026

    Boston College has announced that the university's president, Father William P. Leahy, will step down in the summer of 2026. In a statement, Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said that Father Leahy, the longest-serving president in University history, made the announcement at the June 7 board meeting. He said that Father Leahy believed it was the appropriate time for the transition given Boston College's strong academic and financial condition, veteran senior leadership, institutional momentum, and the successful launch and progress of the Soaring Higher fundraising campaign.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday, we were very happy to celebrate a Mass for our 25th Jubilarian priests at the Pastoral Center. Sister Germana is always very good about including those in consecrated life from throughout the archdiocese in our different events. So, we were very happy to have a religious brother who was celebrating 60 years of religious life join ranks with our priests who were celebrating significant anniversaries.

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  • Jesuit priest charged with abuse while teacher at BC High

    BRAINTREE -- Jesuit Father Kevin White, a former theology teacher at Boston College High School, was indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury June 5 on charges of sexual abuse of a minor. The rape allegedly took place between 2008 and 2009, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day holiday! Of course, this is the time of year when we celebrate many significant milestones in our families, and we had some important events in our archdiocesan family this week, as well.

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  • Cardinal ordains 11 new Boston priests

    BOSTON -- To Father David Joanis, it was though the day would never come. Father Joanis felt called to the priesthood since he was a little boy growing up in Franklin. He told The Pilot that if he could go back in time and tell his younger self that he would become a priest someday, "little would he know the journey that would happen in between, and all the little gifts that God would give me."

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  • Newly ordained priests celebrate Mass at Regina Cleri

    BOSTON -- "It's nice to see all the young faces," 93-year-old Father Paul McPartland told the Archdiocese of Boston Ordination Class of 2024 when they came to visit him in his room at Regina Cleri. "I have to look in the mirror to see a young face."

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  • Forming the Future: Students at Brockton's Trinity Catholic Academy help parish food pantry

    BROCKTON -- On the sunny afternoon of April 26, the eighth-grade students at Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton were positively giddy, smiling and laughing as they stepped outside the classroom. But this wasn't recess. The students were waiting for a truck from the Greater Boston Food Bank, carrying 3,000 pounds of nonperishable food headed for the food pantry at Christ the King Parish, adjacent to TCA's Upper Campus. For the last five years, TCA students have regularly volunteered to unload, stock, and organize truckloads of food for Christ the King's pantry.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    As I mentioned in my last post, I spent several days last week in Rome and Assisi. I was visiting Assisi because the bishop there, Bishop Domenico Sorrentino, has been inviting me for some time to participate in their local social justice conference and to celebrate a Pentecost Mass at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, which is a Capuchin parish and the place where Blessed Carlo Acutis is buried.

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  • Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur 175th anniversary: 'The Lake' land use changes but remains a haven for those in need

    "Thank you for your housewarming present of 50 hens and three cows" is no longer part of urban U.S. vernacular, but it was most appropriate in Worcester in 1900. The previous five decades were busy for the Northeast congregation. Responding to diocesan and parish requests, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded and staffed many parish schools. Young women in the area felt God's call to the sisters. After years of actual and academic preparation, they became part of the growing Notre Dame community. Some of the parishes to which they were sent had substandard living accommodations and severely crowded classrooms. Rest and rejuvenation were not part of the sisters' lifestyle. As a result, some Sisters' health could not keep up with the pace, and they needed the prevalent medical solution -- relaxation in the country. And so, using a straw buyer to circumvent the anti-Catholic sentiment of the times, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur purchased 145 acres of farmland in 1900 for $18,000.

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  • Catholic Cross Bearers motorcycle ministry receive blessing at Winthrop parish

    WINTHROP -- "It's tough finding a holy sticker," Brian Flanagan laments. Flanagan, of Pepperell, is the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Catholic Cross Bearers, a 200-member Ohio-based "motorcycle ministry" that uses biker culture to evangelize. His black motorcycle helmet is covered in stickers with slogans like "Jesus loves bikers too," "Satan sucks," and "Jesus saves sinners, loud pipes just sound cool." Some of the stickers are his creations, while others he found online. It's not easy to find Catholic messages at motorcycle rallies. To the Catholic Cross Bearers, this makes them perfect places to spread the Gospel.

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  • Forming the Future: Looking up to art at Immaculate Conception School, Lowell

    LOWELL -- It may not look like it from the outside, but Immaculate Conception School in Lowell is home to the greatest art gallery on Earth. The ceiling tiles in the hallways and cafeteria are decorated with paintings by the likes of Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, and many other artists. Iconic works like the "Mona Lisa," "The Starry Night," and the "Girl with a Pearl Earring" can be found, alongside images of Mickey Mouse, a 1980s television, and an Xbox controller. Immaculate Conception's 348 students, ranging from pre-K to eighth grade, can get a crash course in art history on the way to their next class -- as long as they crane their necks upward.

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  • Faith and reason will blend at new Catholic Institute of Technology, say speakers

    ANDOVER -- When he was growing up, Kevin Greenman believed that science and religion were incompatible. That was, until he was "blessed to have some great teachers" who introduced him to the work of great Catholic scholars like St. Thomas Aquinas. Now, Greenman is a Ph.D. research fellow at MIT who is dedicated to living his faith alongside pursuing scientific endeavors. This fall, he will join the faculty at the Catholic Institute of Technology, which describes itself as "the first-ever Catholic institution created exclusively for research advancements in the fields of the sciences, engineering, technology, and mathematics."

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Friday evening, we concluded a week of prayer vigils for Haiti in different communities across the archdiocese with a special Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Several hundred people were in attendance, and about 10 priests from the Haitian community joined us. It was very moving to see many people bring Haitian flags to the Mass.

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