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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 ...

'No Room in the Inn'Thomas Lester

Within Cardinal Cushing's papers reside a number of Christmas sermons, but one in particular, entitled "No Room in the Inn," from the late 1950s stands out for his expressed concerns over many issues ...

The choice of Bishop Cheverus' successor Thomas 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 BostonThomas 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 1842 Thomas 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 ...