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An early mission in Connecticut

On April 7, 1840, Father John Brady wrote to Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick of Boston, requesting permission to abandon a mission in Chatham, Connecticut, and accede to the request of the congregation by ...



The greatest game I ever sawDick Flavin

Most New England baseball aficionados whose memories go back four decades and more, when asked to name their choice for the greatest single game of their lifetimes, opt for Game Six of the 1975 World ...

Today's college: Mission or business?Kevin and Marilyn Ryan

Many of us television watchers saw unsettling scenes in recent weeks. Between the human toll spreading by this ravenous coronavirus and economic destruction to jobs and savings, there were disturbing ...

At Lazarus' TombScott Hahn

As we draw near to the end of Lent, today's Gospel clearly has Jesus' passion and death in view. That's why John gives us the detail about Lazarus' sister, Mary--that she is the one who anointed the ...

Worry cannot be turned to joy by a kind word aloneMichael Reardon

''Worry weighs down the heart, but a kind word gives it joy." (Proverbs 12:24) There are a lot of unknowns right now that are causing anxiety and disruption. Focusing on the unknowns in life and letting ...

Offer up your COVID-19 sacrifices for the forgottenEdith Avila Olea

As we watched the COVID-19 pandemic multiply throughout the country, I saw my Facebook account explode with an overwhelming amount of emotions, information and misinformation. I'm sure you saw it, too. Without ...

The last pilgrimMichael Pakaluk

''A man doesn't know what he has until he loses it," sings Joe Boyd, the middle-aged real estate salesman in the musical "Damn Yankees." Transformed into a young, superstar athlete -- "Shoeless Joe from ...

Our Christian calling and social distancingElise Italiano Ureneck

The advent of the novel coronavirus has set into motion so many unprecedented actions and effects that it's hard to keep track or make sense of them. "Can you believe it?" is a refrain I find myself ...

Why did Jesus weep?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have always been attracted to the verse in John's Gospel (11:35) that says that, learning of the death of Lazarus, "Jesus wept." It shows, I think, how much Christ loved Lazarus and all of humanity. ...