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Cheverus School announces new principal

MALDEN -- Cheverus School and Sacred Hearts Parish announced the appointment of their new principal, Thomas Arria Jr., Sept. 26. Arria joins Cheverus School from Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he served as principal for the 2013-2014 school year .

13 permanent deacons ordained for Boston

13 permanent deacons ordained for BostonSOUTH END -- As he ordained 13 new permanent deacons at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Sept. 20, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley recounted the history of the diaconate and his appreciation for their ministry.

Public Safety Mass honors those who serve

Public Safety Mass honors those who serveSOUTH END -- Bagpipes flared and drums beat as law enforcement and emergency personnel led the procession into the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Sept. 21, for the first Mass for Public Safety Personnel and Families held in 13 years to honor those who serve, especially those fallen in the line of duty.

John XXIII Seminary celebrates 50 years, prepares 'Pathway to the Future'

John XXIII Seminary celebrates 50 years, prepares 'Pathway to the Future'WESTON -- Nearly 400 guests gathered at the 33rd Annual Lawn Party at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston Sept. 17, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the seminary uniquely dedicated to fostering late-life vocations.

From Cardinal Seán's blog

From Cardinal Seán's blogI have spent much of this week in Rome for meetings with the Holy Father and the group of cardinals advising him. He was with us for all the meetings except for Wednesday morning, when he always gives his weekly audience. In our previous meetings, we have spent much of our time addressing issues surrounding the economic offices of the Holy See, as well as reviewing the various congregations and pontifical councils. With this meeting we continued to look at the different dicasteries, and the way they fulfill their mission in the context of the challenges we face in the areas of family life and social justice. We also began working on the new Constitution that will reform the Roman Curia. We are hoping to offer the Holy Father a text early next year to allow him time get wider further input as he prepares the final document.

Alumni of Milford Catholic schools invited to Sept. 28 celebration

Alumni of Milford Catholic schools invited to Sept. 28 celebrationMILFORD -- A year-long Alumni Celebration of Catholic Education in Milford kicks off with a morning Mass Sept. 28 at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish.

Parishes named for next phase of pastoral plan

BRAINTREE -- The Archdiocese of Boston officially announced the parishes that will take part in Phase Three of its pastoral plan, Disciples in Mission, Sept. 15.

Phase Three parish collaboratives list announced

The Archdiocese of Boston continues the process of forming collaboratives among its 289 parishes. The Disciples in Mission plan, announced a few years ago following broad consultation across the archdiocese, is the umbrella that embraces not only the creation of the various collaboratives but also the ongoing formation of the clergy, religious and lay staff members in them.

A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts on Expanded Gambling and Question 3

The four Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts issued the following statement today on Expanded Gambling and Question 3 on the November ballot.

Leadership forum strategizes on 'protecting families' in casino fight

Leadership forum strategizes on 'protecting families' in casino fightEAST BOSTON -- Even as the four bishops of Massachusetts were publicly stating their opposition of casino gambling in the state, faith leaders and community organizers from throughout the Boston area met Sept. 12, at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston, to discuss their own strategy in the social justice campaign.
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