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Boston's second diocesan synodThomas Lester

Nov. 5 will mark 150 years since the second diocesan synod. Writing in the mid-20th century, diocesan historians remarked that the decrees agreed upon during the synod "have furnished the ground plan ...

The Bishop James Augustine Healy Dinner Thomas Lester

Nov. 17 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Bishop James Augustine Healy Dinner, held annually by the Black Catholic Ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston. James Augustine Healy was born in 1830 ...

Letters from an early missionary to the Hawaiian IslandsThomas Lester

Within the archive reside several documents speaking to the struggles of the earliest Catholic missionaries to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands. After a series of inter-island conflicts, the Hawaiian Islands ...

The 200th anniversary of Father Matignon's death Thomas Lester

Sept. 19, 2018 will mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Father Francis Anthony Matignon who, along with Cardinal Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus, laid the foundations of the Archdiocese of Boston ...

Bishop Fenwick corresponds with an early Catholic convertThomas Lester

In the Bishop Benedict Fenwick Papers reside four letters from a Dr. Samuel Butler of East Berkshire, Vermont, spanning 1837 through 1841. The letters discuss Butler's choice to convert to Catholicism ...

Pope Leo XIII opens the Vatican Secret Archives Thomas Lester

In a published letter dated Aug. 18, 1883, Pope Leo XIII writes to the Vice Chancellor and to the Librarian of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Prefect of the Vatican Secret Archives, to express ...

The burning of St. Mary's Church in VermontThomas Lester

In the spring of 1838, Father Jeremiah O'Callaghan wrote to Bishop Fenwick from Burlington, Vermont, informing him of the destruction of St. Mary's Church and the investigation that followed. A native ...

Traveling abroad for ad limina visit Thomas Lester

Two undated documents in the papers of Bishop John B. Fitzpatrick are addresses welcoming him home from Europe in September 1864. This was a return from his second of two journeys across the Atlantic, ...