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Youth celebrate faith at Steubenville East Conference

Youth celebrate faith at Steubenville East ConferenceLOWELL -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley joined thousands of youth, young adults, and youth ministers at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, July 19, for the closing Mass of the Steubenville East Catholic Youth Conference hosted by Life Teen.

Green Ribbon Commission addressing local climate challenge

Green Ribbon Commission addressing local climate challengeBRAINTREE -- While Mayor Marty Walsh represented Boston at a Vatican symposium on climate change this week, a group of institutional, civic and business leaders back home stood ready to help implement The City of Boston's plan address climate change and its potential impact on the city.

Brothers celebrating anniversaries

Brothers celebrating anniversariesBrother Edwin Boissonneau, CFX Seventy-five Years Brother Edwin met the Xaverian Brothers as a freshman at Malden Catholic High School, transferring after that year to the St. Joseph Juniorate in Peabody, site of the current Northshore Mall, to finish his high school education there. After his religious formation and college education in Virginia and Maryland, he began his teaching career at St. Matthew School in Brooklyn. High school teaching and tennis coaching brought him from Brooklyn to Baltimore and, in several segments, to St. John's Prep in Danvers for 45 years. In addition, Brother Edwin was Professor of French at Xaverian College in Silver Spring, Maryland, and six years as a missionary in Mumias, Kenya. He retired to Xaverian House in Danvers in 1997, where he enjoys doing odd jobs for his 24 confreres.

Trip from Boston to Cuba planned for visit of Pope Francis

Trip from Boston to Cuba planned for visit of Pope FrancisA group of about 135 Catholics from the Archdiocese of Boston will be among the hundreds of thousands who will greet Pope Francis when the pontiff visits Cuba in mid-September.

Nothing new about 'sustainability' in religious life

Nothing new about 'sustainability' in religious lifeWRENTHAM -- Pope Francis broke ground with his encyclical on the environment "Laudato Si'" in May, but the tradition of sustainable and even "green" living has deep roots in the life of the Catholic Church as evidenced by a local community of Trappistine nuns.

Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa: Making a difference

Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa: Making a differenceThe Franciscan Missionary Sister for Africa began in 1903 in Uganda when Mother Kevin and five companions took the risk to leave country, family and friends and accepted the invitation to the unknown -- the beginning of a missionary venture that spanned oceans and cultures, binding peoples of Asia, Europe, North America and Goa in the great adventure of living the Gospel.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week marked nationwide

Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week marked nationwideNatural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was celebrated this week.

Mayor Walsh to attend Vatican conference on climate change, human trafficking

Mayor Walsh to attend Vatican conference on climate change, human traffickingBOSTON -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and 70 mayors from around the world will travel to Vatican City this week for July meetings on human trafficking and climate change, the Vatican announced on July 15 at a press conference in the Holy See Press Office.

Cardinal approves first round of collaborative local pastoral plans

BRAINTREE -- This month Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley approved local pastoral plans for 10 groups of collaborative parishes participating in Phase I of the archdiocesan pastoral plan "Disciples in Mission."

The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia: Gospel women making a difference

The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia: Gospel women making a differenceThe Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia is a congregation of approximately 450 Catholic religious women who choose a Gospel way of life lived in community and uphold a long and honored tradition of loving God and being in relationship through loving service. It is the mission of the sisters to be committed to the needs of others, especially the economically poor, the marginal, and the oppressed. Choosing to live the Gospel in the prophetic spirit of Francis of Assisi and our foundress, Mother Francis Bachmann and with Jesus Christ as Brother, we live as sister with one another, with the entire human family, and with all creation. Calling ourselves and one another to continuous conversion of heart, we commit ourselves to a life of contemplation, poverty, and humility.
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