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The choice of Bishop Cheverus' successor

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 ...



Hot Stove timeClark Booth

The heat is arising on the Hot Stove! With the countdown to the Winter Meetings underway, Baseball's winter season formally launches. For the game's charter member nerds who groove on its byzantine inner-workings ...

Advent and the return of the KingFather Steve Grunow

In the weeks prior to the celebration of Christmas, many Christians will sing "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," a traditional hymn of the Advent season that implores: O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom ...

The Wise Men teach us to kneelMichael Pakaluk

''Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen ...

Disciples in Mission Pastoral Planning ReportSister Pat Boyle

In 2014, a small group of lay people and clergy were appointed by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley as the Pastoral Planning Advisory Board (PPAB). This group of people were charged with the task of evaluating ...

Hoping rather than worrying during AdventDwight G. Duncan

We are now in the blessed season of Advent, when we wait eagerly to receive our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into our hearts on Christmas, as he was born in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago, and will come ...

Straighten the pathScott Hahn

Our God is coming. The time of exile -- the long separation of humankind from God due to sin -- is about to end. This is the good news proclaimed in today's liturgy. Isaiah in today's First Reading promises ...

Burial of unbaptizedFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My son passed away recently at the age of 35. We held a memorial service for him since we could not have a funeral Mass. (He was not baptized as an infant -- which was my decision, of course, not his.) ...

Reticence and Secrecy as VirtueFather Ron Rolheiser

In all healthy people there's a natural reticence about revealing too much of themselves and a concomitant need to keep certain things secret. Too often we judge this as an unhealthy shyness or, worse, ...