Spiritual Life
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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life


    On June 30, 2017 the Office of Spiritual Life will close. Mary Ann McLaughlin, Ann Cussen, and Sister Anne D'Arcy are retiring. Father John Sassani will continue to serve as the Pastor of Sacred Heart and Our Lady Help of Christian collaborative in Newton and Fr. Dan O'Connell as Pastor of Corpus Christi and St Bernard Parishes in West Newton.  

    This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Office of Spiritual Life. The office was founded by Bishop John D'Arcy in 1977 when he was named Vicar for Spiritual Development in the Archdiocese of Boston. For forty years the work of the office has been to foster genuine spiritual development in the Archdiocese by promoting the foundation elements of the Catholic spiritual tradition: a life of communion with God through Christ that is rooted in Baptism, nourished by the Eucharist and the other Sacraments, guided by Scripture, sustained by personal and liturgical prayer, and expressed in service to others.  Our mission statement has been realized in parish retreats, days of prayer, spiritual direction, the Cursillo Movement, Arise Together in Christ, Why Catholic, and the Social Justice Convocation, as well as the many other formation requests from Archdiocesan agencies through the years.  

    It is with great gratitude that we look back on the extraordinary opportunities we have had to proclaim the Gospel in a variety of ways to the Church of Boston during these forty years.  

    Mary Ann McLaughlin, Director, Office of Spiritual Life:   

    Thirty-seven years ago Mary Ann McLaughlin, a married lay woman and a mother of six children, was invited by Bishop John D'Arcy to join the staff of the Office of Spiritual Development, now called the Office of Spiritual Life. Over these many years, she has proclaimed the Gospel at parish retreats, days of prayer, and during many Cursillo weekends in order to assist people in encountering Christ in their day-to-day experiences.  

    On June 30, 2017 Mary Ann is retiring, but will continue to respond to that original invitation to proclaim the Gospel in the ordinary experiences of her life.  

    Sr. Anne D'Arcy:  

    Sr. Anne D'Arcy is a Sister of Saint Joseph and a native of Brighton. She taught in 5 different school in the Archdiocese for 30 years. Since 1985 she has ministered in the Office of Spiritual Development, now known as the Office of Spiritual Life, while getting her Masters in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University. That is 62 years of service to the Archdiocese!  

    She will continue to serve as a volunteer in ministry.  Sr. Anne shared, "It has been a privilege to share ministry with so many great people and to experience the desire of so many to draw closer to Christ.