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Bishop names new superintendent of schools, David Perda

Bishop names new superintendent of schools, David Perda

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

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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African Ministry hosts Mass

African Ministry hosts Mass

By Paul Awortwi-Mensah Special to The CATHOLIC FREE PRESS WORCESTER – A call for Christians to activate their faith, not their fears, was issued at the annual African Catholic Ministry Mass with Bishop McManus, held June 25 at St. Paul Cathedral. The Mass brought together more than 200  immigrants from different African countries, who worship […]

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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

    Pope calls for respecting parents’ wishes to care for dying child

    Pope calls for respecting parents’ wishes to care for dying child

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    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for respecting the wishes of a terminally ill child’s parents to accompany and care for their child “until the end.” Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, said the pope was following “with affection and emotion” the events concerning Charlie Gard, a 10-month-old infant born […]

  • 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

    Can I donate my body to science?

    Can I donate my body to science?

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      By Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.// Making sense out of bioethics Some people may wish to “donate their body to science” after they die. Such a gift of themselves can be objectively good and praiseworthy provided that their body would contribute to meaningful research or study, and that it would not be used in a […]

  • 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 […]