Pope Francis has asked that Catholics celebrate consecrated life in 2015 by naming it The Year of Consecrated Life. The Year began November 30, 2014, the First Sunday of Advent and concludes on February 2, 2016 with the celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The Pope illustrates three aims for the year: to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion and To embrace the future with hope. To read the full letter to All Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life, click here.
The ongoing work of the Synod is intended to be a rethinking with renewed freshness and enthusiasm of what revelation, transmitted in the Church's faith, tells us about the beauty, the role and the dignity of the family. This period of reflection and response prior to the upcoming Ordinary Synod is, as Pope Francis has noted, a path of "spiritual and pastoral discernment."
National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States; it starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. This year Catholic Schools Week is January 25-31. The theme for this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation. Celebrate Catholic Schools Week on social media, such as Twitter, with #CSW15 and #RCABSchools. Additionally, follow @CSOBoston on Twitter and Instagram for photos and videos on Why We Love Catholic Schools!
Our Catholic schools provide both academic excellence and Catholic values, giving our young people the tools to excel and the moral compass to guide how they use those tools. Making sure future generations continue to benefit from a Catholic education is a critical priority. Through the 2010 Initiative, we are drawing upon the collective experience of principals, pastors, education experts, and community leaders to revitalize our schools.
The Archdiocese of Boston is pleased to report that all of our Catholic schools successfully completed the current academic year and will continue their educational mission next year.
This year, the Regina Cleri residence is celebrating 50 years of quality service and care for Boston’s senior priests. Founded in 1964 by Cardinal Cushing, Regina Cleri was built in Boston’s West End neighborhood as a home where priests could continue living out their vocation while receiving the care they need as they age. Together, the residents of Regina Cleri represent 2,800 years of service to our Archdiocese.
With the war in Vietnam gaining momentum, Fr. Calter was struck that so many young men in his parishes were being drafted. Moved by the desire to bring the presence of Christ to the trenches, Fr. Calter became a Chaplain in the U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty embedded with infantrymen and marines in the jungle where he would celebrate up to twelve Masses in one day.
The mission of the Archdiocese is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pastoral Planning is the process we use to make preparations to carry out that work. Pastoral Planning is a critical tool in helping us understand our task today and work together to manage the resources available to meet the needs of the people of God. Needed at all times, it is particularly important as we cope with demographic and other major changes.
In the Archdiocese of Boston, we are blessed to have 1,700 Sisters representing more than 80 religious communities, each with a particular charism. The charism, or vision of the founder in creating the community, is the inspiration and compass for the community’s life and mission. Each religious charism is a precious jewel in the life of the Church, and every vocation story is unique.
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Hello and welcome! Following the March for Life last week, I stayed in Washington for a couple of days to attend the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown University on Saturday. Conference on Life is an all-day event sponsored by three groups on campus: the pro-life group, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and […]