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The diocesan synod of 1909Thomas Lester

In February 1909, clergy of the Archdiocese of Boston convened at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for a diocesan synod called by then Archbishop William H. O'Connell. Regular readers may recall that a ...

The Young Catholics' Friend Society Thomas Lester

Within the archive's manuscript collection is a booklet dating to 1839, which contains the constitution, by-laws, and other information related to the Young Catholics' Friend Society. According to the ...

The establishment of St. John Hospital in LowellThomas Lester

In 1863, a small infirmary opened on Adams Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was established by parishioners of St. Patrick Church who desired a place where those among them could receive treatment ...

The House of the Angel Guardian Thomas Lester

On Jan. 1, 1874, Brother Eusebius, provincial of Canada and the United States for the Brothers of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, wrote to Bishop John J. Williams of Boston describing the terms under ...

The Leopoldine SocietyThomas Lester

I had the pleasure of speaking with one of our regular readers who informed me of a reference to the Leopoldine Society with which I was not familiar, and thought I would share some background on this ...

Father Lee's difficulties in the early New England missions Thomas Lester

On Dec. 10, 1833, Father Constantine Lee wrote to Bishop Benedict Fenwick of Boston from Dover, New Hampshire, "under very disagreeable circumstances." Father Lee had arrived in Boston with a recommendation ...

The founding of the College of the Holy CrossThomas Lester

This month marks 175 years since classes began at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. The opening of a Catholic boys' college was one of Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick's proudest moments as the ...

Boston's second diocesan synod Thomas 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 ...