About the Archdiocese

 
 
 
 

Archdiocese of Boston

 
 

66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839
Telephone: 617-254-0100
Snow Phone Line – (617) 746-5991

Pastoral Center Information: 

Office/Staff Directory
Directions  
Bethany Chapel
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Pastoral Center Gift Shop  

It is the goal of the Pastoral Center to remain open during inclement weather unless travel conditions make it hazardous to get to work. In the event the offices are closed or there is a delay in opening, an announcement will be sent out via the IRIS system. In addition, notice will be recorded on the Snow Phone Line –  (617) 746‐5991 – no later than 5:45 a.m.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Former Ordinaries - Bishops and Archbishops

Most Reverend John P. Boles, DD  
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, May 21, 1992 
Appointed Titular Bishop of Novasparsa and Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
April 14, 1992
Ordained February 2, 1955
Died October 9, 2014  

His Eminence Bernard Francis Cardinal LawLaw150w150h
Ordained May 21, 1961
Appointed Fourth Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, October 22, 1973.
Ordained bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Dec. 5, 1973
Appointed eighth bishop and fifth archbishop of Boston January 11, 1984
Installed March 23, 1984
Named Cardinal Priest, May 25, 1985; Titular Church, Santa Susanna
Resigned Dec. 13, 2002 

His Eminence Humberto Sousa Cardinal MedeirosMedeiros150w150h
Ordained June 15, 1946
Appointed second Bishop of Brownsville, Texas on April 14, 1966
Ordained bishop June 9, 1966
Named seventh Bishop and fourth Archbishop of Boston, Sept. 8, 1970
Installed October 7, 1970.
Named Cardinal March 5, 1973, Titular Church, Santa Susanna
Died Sept. 17, 1983

His Eminence Richard James Cardinal CushingCushing150w150h
Ordained May 26, 1921
Appointed Titular Bishop of Mela and Auxiliary of Boston, June 10, 1939
Ordained bishop June 29, 1939
Appointed sixth Bishop and third Archbishop of Boston, Sept. 25, 1944
Named Cardinal Dec. 15, 1958, Titular Church, Santa Susanna
Died Nov. 2, 1970



His Eminence William Henry Cardinal O'ConnellO'Connell150w150h
Ordained June 7, 1884
Appointed third Bishop of Portland, Maine, Feb. 8, 1901
Ordained bishop May 19, 1901
Appointed Titular Archbishop of Constantia and Coadjutor with right of succession to the Archbishop of Boston, Feb. 8, 1906

Fifth bishop and second Archbishop of Boston, Aug. 30, 1907
Named Cardinal Nov. 27, 1911, Titular Church, San Clemente
Died April 22, 1944
 
Most Rev. John Joseph WilliamsWilliams150w150h
Ordained May 17, 1845
Appointed Titular Bishop of Tripolis and Coadjutor of Boston, Jan. 8, 1866
Ordained fourth Bishop of Boston, March 11, 1866
Named first Archbishop of Boston, Feb. 12, 1875
Died Aug. 30, 1907



Most Rev. John Bernard FitzpatrickFitzpatrick150w150h
Ordained June 13, 1840
Appointed Titular Bishop of Callipolis and Coadjutor of Boston, Nov. 21, 1843
Ordained bishop March 24,1844
Appointed third Bishop of Boston, Aug. 11, 1846
Died Feb. 13, 1866



Most Rev. Benedict Joseph Fenwick, SJFenwick150w150h
Ordained June 11, 1808
Appointed second Bishop of Boston, May 10, 1825
Ordained bishop Nov. 1, 1825
Died Aug. 11, 1846

 



Cheverus300sqHis Eminence John Lefevre Cardinal de Cheverus
Ordained Dec. 18, 1790
Appointed first Bishop of Boston, Apr. 8, 1808
Ordained bishop Nov. 1, 1810
Apostolic Administrator of New York, NY (1810-1815)
Transferred to Montauban, May 3, 1823
Appointed Archbishop of Bordeaux, Oct. 2, 1826
Named Cardinal, Feb. 1, 1836, (died before receiving red hat and titular church)
Died July 19, 1836