Spiritual Life
66 Brooks Drive
Braintree, MA 02184


MaryAnn McLaughlin
Director of Spiritual Life
Office: 617-779-3641
Fax: 617-779-4570
Ann Cussen
Operations Associate
Office: 617-779-3644
Sister Anne D’Arcy, CSJ
Associate Director
Office: 617-779-3648
Fax: 617-779-4570
Fr. John Sassani
Associate Director
Office: 617-527-7560
Fax: 617-779-4570
Fr. Dan O'Connell
Associate Director
Office: 617-779-3643
Fax: 617-779-4570
Patricia DeBiase
Administrative Assistant
Office: 617-779-3645
Fax: 617-779-4570

Spiritual Life

Why Catholic?

 whycatholicThe Archdiocese of Boston offers a faith formation and evangelization program for adults to explore the richness of their Catholic faith, deepen their relationship with Christ and share more fully in the mission of the Church. Simply titled Why Catholic? , the four-year program is solidly based on Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Participants receive in-depth information and insight into core beliefs, the sacraments, morality, and prayer.

Why Catholic? , developed by RENEW International, is offered in Boston in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Lithuanian, Haitian -Creole and includes workshops, retreats, and meetings as small communities to share how we relate Catholic teaching to everyday life.

Successfully implemented in over 1,300 parishes in the United States, the program covers the basic teachings of the Church in terms of what we believe, celebrate, live, and pray. Throughout the entire process the program provides direction for strong evangelization outreach.

For more information, please contact Mary Ann McLaughlin or Ann Cussen, Office of Spiritual Life, email: whycatholic@rcab.org or phone: 617-779-3640.

Why Catholic? LIVE: Catholic Moral TeachingRENEW's Sr. Marie Cooper presented this training for Why Catholic? Parish Teams and Small Community Leaders in the Archdiocese of Boston. 

VIDEO:  Why Catholics Work for Justice 
 VIDEO:  Why Catholic? Boston Small Community Leader Workshop    



Year Four Timeline   




Free webinar for all Small Community Leaders - new or experienced - addresses what leaders need to know to be better facilitators of their small communities.  Please go to: http://www.renewintl.org/RENEW/Index.nsf/vpages/WhyCathServices?opendocument 



Turning Points  


Pope Paul VI said that people learn more from witnesses than from teachers. Pope Francis, in The Joy of the Gospel, wrote, “All of us are called to offer others an explicit witness to the saving love of the Lord.”
You, your friends, and family can view and discuss RENEW International’s video series of witness stories. Catholic women and men, younger and older, in different circumstances, share their important turning points of faith, the moments when they recognized the touch of God in their lives. We hope they will inspire you to discern the movement of the Holy Spirit and the impact of faith in your own life and become encouraged to be a witness to others as well.