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Worcester, Les Cayes dioceses renew twinning relationship

September 5, 2017 | 1:14 pm | Lead Story #1

By Margaret M. Russell The Catholic Free Press The leaders of two dioceses joyfully joined their people once again in a covenant of solidarity.  Worcester’s Bishop McManus and Haiti’s Cardinal Chibly Langlois of the Diocese of Les Cayes renewed the twinning relationship that began 27 years ago. In true Haitian tradition, with prayer, music and […]

Local churches share VBS decorations while sharing their faith with children

August 30, 2017 | 5:47 pm | Lead Story #2

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent At different times throughout the summer, Worcester County churches created welcoming, camp-like atmospheres where children could enrich their faith while participating in fun activities. These Vacation Bible Schools give kids, parents and volunteers something to look forward to. And to keep things exciting, each Vacation Bible School centers its activities […]

Diocesan teachers accept negotiated contract

August 28, 2017 | 3:56 pm | Lead Story #1

WORCESTER  –The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Worcester announced Monday that the local members of the Diocesan Educators Lay Teachers Association (DELTA) voted Sunday night to approve the negotiated contract for diocesan school teachers. The contract language will remain in effect for two years and affect about 100 teachers at Holy Name Central […]

Eclipse a way to appreciate creation, Vatican astronomer tells audience

August 21, 2017 | 2:38 pm | Local

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (CNS) — A total solar eclipse is a rare event, something to appreciate and enjoy in the mind of Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory. So as the first eclipse crossed the country from coast to coast in 99 years Aug. 21, Brother Consolmagno […]

Catholic leaders urge prayers, unity after attacks in Spain

August 18, 2017 | 5:22 pm | International

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — Spanish church leaders urged prayers and national unity after two terrorist attacks left at least 19 people dead. Pope Francis, U.S. bishops and others weighed in with prayers and rejection of the Aug. 17 attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, where cars drove into pedestrians. The […]

Charlottesville’s Catholic students ready to heal wounds, chaplain says

August 18, 2017 | 5:14 pm | National

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — After the weekend of mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia, the town’s college Catholic community was wondering — like many others around the nation — what to do. The protest and counterprotests making national news were unfolding right in their hometown and the rally’s torch-lit march and angry […]

Esther’s Dream bridges the gap to college

August 18, 2017 | 5:09 pm | Featured Article #3

By Caitlin Reidy | CFP Correspondent PAXTON – Anna Maria College ingrains young scholars with a sense of faith, community, and tradition during Esther’s Dream, a program meant to give incoming students an early taste of college life. The five-day program, which was offered twice in July, is named after Esther Blondin (Mother Marie Anne), the […]

Former superintendent to ‘work’ for schools

August 18, 2017 | 5:06 pm | Featured Article #2

By Tanya Connor  | The Catholic Free Press Delma L. Josephson, Ph.D., has retired as superintendent of Catholic schools, but she hasn’t finished her “school work.” Her successor, David Perda, took the helm Aug. 7, but she’s still working for the diocese until Aug. 31 – in a different office in the Chancery. Then she […]

Presentation Sisters still influence Catholic education in north county

August 18, 2017 | 5:01 pm | Featured Article #1

By Caitlin V. Reidy  |  CFP Correspondent And Katherine Bigelow, Julie Erickson, and Sarah Plume | CFP Interns LEOMINSTER – “A tree can’t grow without its roots,” said Nancy Pierce, principal of St. Leo Elementary School. The Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary are the “roots” she is talking about. The Sisters were instrumental […]

National gathering of Kenyans in Worcester

August 18, 2017 | 4:53 pm | Lead Story #3

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – Local Kenyans hosted a national gathering of their countrymen with two bishops Saturday, in what organizers described as part of evangelization. Hundreds of people, mostly Kenyans, participated in The Sixth Annual Swahili Mass organized by the Kenyan Catholic Community in America. Archbishop Peter J. Kairo, archbishop […]