Catholic Free Press

Catholic Free Press Digital Edition

Author Archive for The Catholic Free Press

Bishop names new superintendent of schools, David Perda

July 6, 2017 | 6:00 am | Lead Story #1

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 […]

Windows and wells keep Michael Martino creative

July 6, 2017 | 6:00 am | Lead Story #2

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 […]

Eileen George remembered for her love, virtue, healing ministry

July 6, 2017 | 6:00 am | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press A laywoman known for her healing ministry locally and across the world was remembered in a memorial service Sunday. Her possible canonization is already being talked about, and a prayer seeking her intercession was distributed. Eilleen George, of St. Brigid Parish in Millbury, was popular for her […]

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

July 3, 2017 | 10:31 am | International

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 […]

German bishops regret lawmakers’ vote to legalize same-sex marriage

July 2, 2017 | 5:20 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — Germany’s bishops’ conference expressed regret over a June 30 parliamentary vote to allow same-sex weddings, vowing to defend the “Catholic understanding of marriage.” The vote by lawmakers “abandons the differentiated perception of various forms of partnership in order to stress the value of same-sex partnerships,” […]

Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

July 2, 2017 | 5:16 pm | Vatican

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 […]

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

July 2, 2017 | 5:14 pm | National

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 […]

Bishop consecrates altar at St. Martin

July 2, 2017 | 5:12 pm | Featured Article #2

By Patricia Gale | Special to The Catholic free press OTTER RIVER – Bishop McManus consecrated the altar at St. Martin Mission Church Sunday. St. Martin’s has a new oak altar, baptism font, ambo, and tabernacle table, all designed and built by Robert LeMieur, of Holy Cross Parish in Templeton. St. Martin’s is a mission […]

House of Studies’ 10th anniversary

July 2, 2017 | 5:09 pm | Lead Story #2

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 […]

African Ministry hosts Mass

July 2, 2017 | 4:59 pm | Lead Story #3

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 […]