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The quest for a pastor in Augusta, MaineThomas Lester

On April 18, 1838, James D. Fisher wrote to Martin Carroll from Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta, Maine, describing the effect of the local Catholic Church upon the Irish laborers there. Fisher reveals in ...

John Paul II first visited Boston as a cardinal Thomas Lester

Next Sunday, April 8, the St. John Paul II Divine Mercy Shrine will be dedicated in Salem, Massachusetts. St. John Paul II's story is quite interesting as he grew up in a free Poland, then experienced ...

Massachusetts' first Catholic charitable institutionThomas Lester

March 23, 2018, marks the 175th anniversary of the incorporation of St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum, the first Catholic charitable institution in Massachusetts. The idea for an orphan asylum originated with ...

Reports of 1848 unrest in France Thomas Lester

On March 9, 1848, Abbe Carriere of the Seminary of Saint-Sulpice, Paris, wrote Bishop John B. Fitzpatrick of Boston about the events which had transpired in Paris the previous month. The Society of Saint-Sulpice ...

The Fra Angelico GuildThomas Lester

On Sept. 20, 1939, a group of 10 Catholic artists met at a studio located at 3 Joy Street in Boston, with the intention of forming an organization that would help spread knowledge of Christian art. They ...

Pope Pius IX and the Papal States Thomas Lester

Feb. 7 marks 140 years since the death of Pope Pius IX, whose tenure, upon further reading, proved incredibly tumultuous due to the political events taking shape in Italy during the 19th Century. Pope ...

Oblates come to Lowell to serve French Canadian CatholicsThomas Lester

In the papers of Archbishop John J. Williams resides a letter from Father Florent Vandenberghe, OMI, provincial superior of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate based in Montreal, dated Jan. 14, 1868. The letter ...

Catholic struggles with public education in 19th century Boston Thomas Lester

Within the papers of Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick resides a letter written from Mayor Martin Brimmer of Boston, dated Jan. 28, 1843. Brimmer was writing to draw Bishop Fenwick's attention to a book being ...