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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 […]

Bishop names new superintendent of schools, David Perda

July 6, 2017 | 6:00 am | Featured Article #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 […]

St. Mark’s Parish honors its ‘Pioneer Women’ with a tea party

June 16, 2017 | 10:49 am | Featured Article #1

By Christina Galeone  | Correspondent, The Catholic Free Press SUTTON – Have you ever wondered how your parish community grew into what it is today?  Laurie Williams, the office manager at St. Mark’s Parish, didn’t have to wonder.  Mrs. Williams could see how much the pioneer women of the parish helped shaped that vibrant community, […]

Bishop McManus announces clergy transfers

June 9, 2017 | 12:01 am | Featured Article #1

Three pastors are retiring, one is becoming a senior priest, and two are moving into “specialized ministry,” in clergy assignments Bishop McManus announced this week. Other priests are becoming pastors, administrators, or associate pastors. In most cases, this involves a change to a new or an additional place of ministry for those priests. An administrator […]

New young Serra leader sees opportunity to attract youth to the Church

June 6, 2017 | 2:46 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor The Catholic Free Press WORCESTER – It was a different setting for the Serra clubs’ bishop’s night. For a time-honored reason. Members of the Serra Club of Southern Worcester County and the Serra Club of Northern Worcester County had dinner with Bishop McManus Saturday – in the gym at Our Lady of […]

Our Lady of Czestochowa establishes Fatima shrine

April 27, 2017 | 4:10 pm | Featured Article #1

Photo courtesy of Father Polek The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, erected in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Worcester, has been designated as a place of pilgrimage during the 100th Anniversary Year of the Fatima apparition. Father Ryszard Polek, pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa, said that Bishop McManus has designated the shrine as […]

Hundreds find their way in to the Church

April 27, 2017 | 3:46 pm | Featured Article #1

By Tanya Connor | The Catholic Free Press Family – present and future – played a prominant role in bringing people to Church this Easter. To be initiated into the life of the Church, that is. Prayer and teachers also left their mark. These influences surfaced repeatedly in the stories of people at Our Lady of […]

Way of the Cross re-enacted in Southbridge

April 16, 2017 | 12:34 pm | Featured Article #1

Bishop McManus’ Easter Letter My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Love drew Mary Magdalene to Jesus’ tomb on Easter Sunday. In the pre-dawn darkness she set off in grief to anoint his body. Instead, she found an angel, an empty tomb and the announcement: “He has been raised, just as he said.” Fearful, but […]

Four receive awards for their pro-life witness

March 31, 2017 | 12:15 pm | Featured Article #1

Bishop McManus presented four people with pro-life awards on Thursday during a Mass at St. Paul Cathedral. This year the recipients span the ages, from high school to retirement. They are Margaret Dillon of Clinton, Nancy Clark of Worcester, Paul Tighe of Grafton, and retired Bishop Daniel P. Reilly. Two individuals who are often seen […]

Artwork unveils many colors of God

March 17, 2017 | 12:35 pm | Featured Article #1

By Susan Bailey | Catholic Free Press Correspondent Kathy Jordan claimed this verse from Jeremiah 29 as her own: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” It proved to be a bulwark during […]