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Bishop McManus: Pope’s zeal a wonderful example

October 2, 2015 | 9:29 am | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor “It’s been wonderful, absolutely wonderful!” That’s how Bishop McManus started his account of being with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., as he spoke with The Catholic Free Press by telephone last week. “The excitement in the city of Washington was palpable,” he said. It started before he got there, as strangers in […]

Partners in Charity finishes campaign at $4.9M

September 24, 2015 | 2:51 pm | Featured Article #4

The annual Partners in Charity Appeal raised $4,881,859 in gifts and pledges this year, $118,141 shy of the $5 million goal, according to Michael P. Gillespie, diocesan director of Stewardship and Development. Bishop McManus thanked those who made gifts and pledges to the fund drive this year. “This year, 17,748 became ‘partners in charity’ in […]

Journey: Everybody is a missionary

August 7, 2015 | 12:24 pm | Featured Article #4

By Patricia O’Connell CFP Correspondent WORCESTER– Father Andres Alberto Araque Castrillon was studying for the priesthood in Medellin, Colombia when he heard about an opportunity to serve the growing Latino population in the Worcester Diocese. Someone asked him, along with his fellow students, a question that changed his life. “Who wants to be a missionary in the […]

Sister Constance says 42 years as principal were ‘very happy’

July 16, 2015 | 2:48 pm | Featured Article #4

By Christina Galeone CFP Correspondent In 1973, when a young nun from the Sisters of St. Anne became principal of Saint Anne Elementary School in Webster, people weren’t sure what to expect. The nun, Sister Constance Bayeur, confided, “People were thinking that I was coming here to close the school, because the enrollment had really […]

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

June 25, 2015 | 11:14 am | Featured Article #4

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” All who believe in God and […]

Role of fathers has changed

June 19, 2015 | 4:44 pm | Featured Article #4

By Mairgread Gray CFP Correspondent WORCESTER – The role of fathers has changed, says Christopher Nelson of Pernet Family Health Service. “It used to be ‘provide and protect.’ Now, fathers are expected to share in all the responsibility. That has to become more normal. Taking care of children has become more normal,” he said. Mr. […]

Anna Maria College appoints new president

June 4, 2015 | 5:21 pm | Featured Article #4

By William T. Clew PAXTON – When Mary Lou Retelle begins her new job Monday at Anna Maria College she will drop one word from her previous title there. That word is “interim,” and it disappears when she begins her duties as Anna Maria’s 11th president, first woman in that position in 20 years and […]

Latin Mass returns to cathedral

May 15, 2015 | 3:55 pm | Featured Article #4, Local

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – A Mass that employs the “language of the Church” and an “age-old” tradition has attracted the young – and their elders. It is a Latin Mass in which celebrant and people all face the same direction. “People were asking for it (Mass in Latin),” Msgr. Robert K. Johnson, rector of […]

Former Planned Parenthood director encourages pro-life audience

April 16, 2015 | 2:44 pm | Featured Article #4

By Tanya Connor WORCESTER – “What are you doing?” a former abortion clinic director asked hundreds of pro-lifers here Tuesday. Speaking at Visitation House’s 10th anniversary benefit dinner, Abby Johnson told attendees not to consider that dinner their pro-life activity for the year. Eve Lindquist, Visitation House executive director, said a record number – about […]

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March 17, 2015 | 11:16 am | Featured Article #4