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.

VIDEO:  Why Catholic? Boston Small Community Leader Workshop

Why Catholic Sign Up Sunday - editable PDF 


Date      Event  
September 13/14   Sign-Up Sunday Weekend
September 19-28   CELEBRATE Event - Eucharist: Bread for the Journey
September 27/28   Prayer Commitment Sunday
October 5   Faith sharing begins for Sessions 7-12
Early Advent   Gathering to celebrate and evaluate
January 20-24, 2015         Introduction to LIVE for Small Community Leaders
January 24/25   Sign-up Sunday Weekend
February 7/8   Prayer Commitment Sunday
February 15   Faith sharing begins for LIVE Sessions 1-6



Year Three - Celebrate - Sacraments

CELEBRATE: Sacraments explores the importance of the Mass and Christ's presence in the Eucharist. The first four sessions focus on the liturgy and an understanding of the sacraments. The next two sessions examine Baptism, one on the sacrament itself and another on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The last six sessions look at the remaining six sacraments.

CELEBRATE Event Fall 2014:  Eucharist - Bread for the Journey Focuses on the importance of full, active participation in Sunday Mass, the centrality of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist, the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, and how Catholics live this mystery in their daily lives.

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