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Digitization progressingThomas Lester

It has been over one year since the Archdiocese of Boston entered into a partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to digitize our sacramental record collection. Since it began in ...

The 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun Thomas Lester

On May 13, 1917, the feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, three shepherd children lead their flock to the fields and, after lunch, began praying the Rosary together. Shortly afterward, Lucia dos ...

The birth of the Catholic Union of BostonThomas Lester

Throughout the history of the Archdiocese of Boston there have been many men's and women's Catholic organizations that have formed for a variety of reasons. A circular letter from the archive's collection, ...

The legacy of Father Joseph Finotti Thomas Lester

Sept. 21, 2017 will mark 200 years since the birth of Father Joseph Maria Finotti, who served in the Archdiocese of Boston from 1852 to 1876. Father Finotti was born in Ferrara, Italy, on Sept. 21, 1817. ...

'A Most Excellent Priest: Father George F. Goodwin'Thomas Lester

Father George F. Goodwin, whose name appears in several collections within the archdiocesan archive, is a sad story of unfulfilled potential in the early history of the Diocese of Boston. Father Goodwin ...

The Panic of 1837 Thomas Lester

On Aug. 29, 1837, Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick of Boston wrote a report to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in Rome, describing the present state of the Diocese of Boston which then encompassed ...

Mission at New BedfordThomas Lester

Last summer, this column highlighted a document by Father Henry E.S. Henniss describing the history of Catholic missions on Nantucket. While responsible for Nantucket, Father Henniss had also served much ...