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Local leader attends national convocation

Local leader attends national convocation

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press An unprecedented national gathering provided inspiration for further thought, prayer and outreach and showed the respect the bishops have for lay people’s expertise, according to the Worcester Diocese’s participant. “The importance of a personal relationship with God…came across pretty well” at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in […]

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Sharing their culture

Sharing their culture

Brazilian youth host Young Neighbors in Action By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Brazilian young people shared their faith and their culture with peers who were doing service projects July 20. Holy Family Parish’s Brazilian youth group was hosting teenagers who were participating in Young Neighbors In Action. YNIA is a week-long […]

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Visitation House brings pro-life beliefs to life

Visitation House brings pro-life beliefs to life

By Caitlin V. Reidy | CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – Every day is a birth-day at Visitation House, according to Evelyn Lindquist, executive director of the Catholic pro-life agency that supports mothers in crisis. Visitation House, located at 119 Endicott St., Worcester, takes the idea of “saving one’s child” and turns that vision into a plan […]

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Featured Articles

  • Bishop names new superintendent of schools, David Perda

    Bishop names new superintendent of schools, David Perda

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    David Perda, Ph.D., chief research and accountability officer for the Worcester Public Schools since 2010, has been appointed diocesan superintendent of schools by Bishop McManus. He will begin his duties Aug. 7, with the retirement of Delma Josephson, who held that position since 2009. Bishop McManus said he is delighted to be able to appoint […]

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  • Windows and wells keep Michael Martino creative

    Windows and wells keep Michael Martino creative

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    William T. Clew | The Catholic Free Press UXBRIDGE –  What do stained glass windows, made in Massachusetts and installed in a handful of small churches in Italy, have in common with some deep wells pumping clean water for villages in Kenya? The answer – Michael Martino. Mr. Martino owns Martino Stained Glass Studios, a […]

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  • Bishop McManus speaks about religious freedom at Fortnight

    Bishop McManus speaks about religious freedom at Fortnight

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    By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – The United States has gone from being a country where religion was protected and supported, to one where religion was treated with indifference to one where it is treated with hostility, Bishop McManus said June 22. He was speaking at the diocesan observance of the […]

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  • House of Studies’ 10th anniversary

    House of Studies’ 10th anniversary

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    Visitors see where seminarians live, are supported By Tanya Connor |  The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – People from different backgrounds, with a variety of stories to tell, visited Holy Name of Jesus House of Studies and Office for Vocations for the 10th anniversary last weekend. Bishop McManus, the House’s founder, came for Friday night’s […]

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  • Local

    Father Gallagher to serve Assumptionists as provincial

    Father Gallagher to serve Assumptionists as provincial

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    Assumption College Vice President for Mission Father Dennis Gallagher, A.A. was appointed Provincial Superior of the North American Province of the Augustinians of the Assumption. The appointment was made on June 21 by Father Benoît Grière, A.A., Superior General of the Congregation, after consultation with the Assumptionists throughout the North American region, according to a […]

  • National

    Joy, a sign of God’s presence, is what church needs, Cardinal Dolan says

    Joy, a sign of God’s presence, is what church needs, Cardinal Dolan says

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    By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) — Catholic leaders attending the opening Mass of the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of The Gospel in America” were urged to reflect joy — a sign of God’s presence — and not exclusively focus on the world’s problems. “A big part of the reason […]

  • International

    British baby Charlie Gard dies in hospice care

    British baby Charlie Gard dies in hospice care

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    By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Charlie Gard, the British baby whose legal battle caught the attention of the world, died July 28, just over a week before his first birthday, his family announced. Connie Yates, the baby’s mother, issued a brief statement saying: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we […]

  • Vatican

    Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

    Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

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    By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Promoting the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the office of prefect, Pope Francis chose not to ask German Cardinal Gerhard Muller to serve a second five-year term in the post. The Vatican announced July 1 that the pope chose […]

  • Commentary

    Considering the options for infertile couples

    Considering the options for infertile couples

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    By Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them. A number of moral considerations and questions generally emerge during this process: Why are techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) considered immoral? What approaches will the Church allow […]

  • Spiritual

    Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

    Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness

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    By Clifford Yeary Associate Director, Little Rock Scripture Study Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. — Matthew 5:6 Jesus knows what it means to hunger. After his baptism by John, he undertook a 40-day fast in the wilderness, where, it can be safely said, water would also […]