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  • St. John's Seminary honors distinguished alumni

    BRIGHTON -- As part of its commemoration marking its 20th anniversary of offering lay formation, St. John's Seminary has granted Distinguished Alumni Awards to five graduates of its lay degree programs in recognition of their service in evangelization.

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  • Planning Office for Urban Affairs shares $1.2M award to aid trafficking victims

    BOSTON -- Representatives from the Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA) and Health Imperatives joined Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy and Community Development Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox on July 15 for the announcement of a $1.2 million affordable housing award from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

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  • Pandemic restrictions impact parish pilgrimage plans

    BRAINTREE -- The coronavirus pandemic caused delays, postponements, and outright cancellations of all kinds of plans over the course of 2020, including the practice of going on pilgrimages. Now, as travel becomes safer, pilgrimage leaders are once again planning international trips while learning to adapt their plans to evolving circumstances.

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  • Fall River seminarian develops apologetics website

    FALL RIVER (CNA) -- A seminarian and former graphic designer has created the Auspice Maria website as an initiative of the new evangelization. John Garabedian, a seminarian of the Diocese of Fall River, told CNA his goal is "to present old truths in new, creative, engaging ways and use my talents and professional experience of being a graphic designer for God's glory and lead them with beauty to the Source of Beauty, God Himself."

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  • From Cardinal Se├ín's blog

    Last Saturday, I was happy to attend the Rite of Profession of three new Capuchin friars at St. Augustine's Church in Pittsburgh -- the very place where I took my vows and was ordained. These men have finished their novitiate and have taken their temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and are living the rule of St. Francis and the Constitution of the Capuchin Friars.

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  • 'The Beauty Within' -- Wrentham nuns' stories inspire new podcast

    On the way home from his psychiatric practice, Dr. John Masko used to stop at St. Mary's Abbey in Wrentham, Massachusetts, to buy chocolates that the nuns made -- and sometimes to attend Mass. On those visits to the Trappistine monastery in the 1990s, he discovered something that changed his understanding of living the faith: a gift he is sharing through the new podcast series, "The Beauty Within."

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  • Lowell's Franco-Americans honor St. John the Baptist

    When COVID-19 began shutting America down in March of 2020, Lowell's Franco-American Day Committee was busy planning its 50th Franco-American Festival, including a gala 50th-anniversary celebration and its annual French Mass and June 24 raising of Quebec's flag at Lowell City Hall. Those plans were all postponed as weeks went by, the pandemic worsened, and finally, the 2020 Franco Festival had to be canceled. The committee stopped meeting and waited with everyone else for the development of vaccines that would make even a minimal 2021 Festival possible.

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  • 'We make it work' -- Lawrence parish rallies to keep up activities after fire

    LAWRENCE -- The people of Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church understand the importance of having a place designated for prayer and worship. After a fire destroyed the rectory and damaged the church and parish offices, they took it upon themselves to transform their parish center into a temporary worship space, sustained by gratitude for what they have and willingness to help their community.

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