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Two Webster schools to form new academy in 2016

Two Webster schools to form new academy in 2016

By Tanya Connor St. Anne and St. Louis Elementary Schools in Webster are to combine in the fall of 2016 to form All Saints Academy, Bishop McManus announced in Oct. 20 letters to the pastors. Letters were sent home with the students last Friday and the information was shared with parishioners on the weekend. Responses […]

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Bishop honors three retired religious

Bishop honors three retired religious

WORCESTER – Bishop McManus highly praised consecrated religious and their witness before presenting three of them with the annual Retired Religious awards at a special Mass Sunday at Notre Dame du Lac. “I make the sentiments of St. Paul – gratitude – my own,” he said in his homily, after talking about how the apostle […]

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Sister Catherine Connolly and Sister Mary O’Leary

Sister Catherine T. Connolly, SND By William T. Clew Sister Catherine T. Connolly, SND, said she knew she wanted to be a religious sister beginning in the third grade. She said she was inspired by the example of her teachers at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Boston’s West End. “We called it the best end,” […]

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Featured Articles

  • Mercy sisters follow path of forebears

    Mercy sisters follow path of forebears

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    By Tanya Connor A couple dozen women gathered at 111 Shrewsbury St. in Worcester Friday. They were there to remember five women who preceded them there – by 150 years. The five were Sisters of Mercy who arrived at this spot, then called Pine Street, on Oct. 24, 1864. The two dozen were Sisters of […]

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  • Hundreds celebrate our priests

    Hundreds celebrate our priests

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      By Tanya Connor When the previous pope resigned from his pontificate, he kept the name he’d taken upon accepting that ministry. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had become known to the world as Pope Benedict XVI. Bishop McManus likened this to the situation of retired priests of the Worcester Diocese Oct. 14 at a fundraiser for […]

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  • Priests memories go beyond parish

    Priests memories go beyond parish

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    By Tanya Connor SHREWSBURY – “I was there when the Israelis invaded. … I was reading a French newspaper. I looked up and there was a flatbed truck with an artillery piece.” Father Philip D. McNamara is talking about stopping in Lebanon in 1982 on his way home from another assignment. He was there three […]

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  • The question – Teacher or Priest? The answer – Priest

    The question – Teacher or Priest? The answer – Priest

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    By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WEBSTER – If he had to live his life over, he would do it the same way – with no regrets.  So said Father Charles Edward John Borowski, 73, who retired three years ago this June. In May he celebrated 48 years in the priesthood.  He is looking forward to […]

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  • Local

    Halloween party gives parents snapshot of life

    Halloween party gives parents snapshot of life

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    Halloween party: snapshot of life By Tanya Connor WORCESTER -The “snapshot” showed mummies. But the Halloween party that was centered around children with “life-limiting illnesses” wasn’t about death. Sunday afternoon found dozens of children, teenagers and adults in the cafeteria of Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School. At the moment, some were wrapping others […]

  • National

    Chicago’s new archbishop to live in cathedral rectory

    Chicago’s new archbishop to live in cathedral rectory

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    CHICAGO (CNS) — Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, who will succeed Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George in mid-November, told the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago that he has decided he will live in the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral. He said Oct. 22 that he made the decision in consultation with Cardinal George, Msgr. Dan […]

  • International

    Iraqi priests sanctioned for seeking asylum without superiors’ consent

    Iraqi priests sanctioned for seeking asylum without superiors’ consent

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Twelve Chaldean religious men and priests living in the United States, Canada, Australia and Sweden have been suspended from exercising their priestly ministry for not receiving permission from their superiors before emigrating from Iraq. At least three of those suspended had been serving the Chaldean […]

  • Vatican

    Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

    Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

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    By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice. “It is impossible to imagine that states today […]

  • Commentary

    Do not abandon the elderly

    Do not abandon the elderly

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    Catholic News Service Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is an editorial titled “Do not abandon the elderly” from the Oct. 17 issue of The Criterion, newspaper of the Indianapolis Archdiocese. It was written by John F. Fink, editor emeritus. The Oct. 10 issue […]

  • Spiritual

    Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission

    Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission

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    By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase […]