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The choice of Bishop Cheverus' successorThomas Lester

The Diocese of Boston's first bishop, Bishop Jean Cheverus, departed for his native France in the autumn of 1823. When he did so, he left the diocese uncertain whether or not he would return, and his ...

The First Synod of the Diocese of Boston Thomas Lester

Earlier this month, this column discussed a conflict between Bishop Benedict Fenwick and the parishioners of St. Mary's, Boston. In the context of a popular movement at the time, known as "Trusteeism," ...

Controversy at St. Mary's, Boston in 1842Thomas Lester

Within Bishop Fenwick's papers is a letter addressed to the parishioners of St. Mary's Church in Boston's North End, dating to the year 1842. The letter addresses his frustrations with events that had ...

The Holy Name Society in the Archdiocese Thomas Lester

Now on display in the lobby of the Pastoral Center in Braintree, Massachusetts, are photographs depicting Holy Name Society events from the early- to mid-20th Century. The Confraternity of the Most Holy ...

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. ...