Greetings from Cardinal Seán

Welcome to the Archdiocese of Boston's bicentennial web site. Allow me to extend my greetings as you join us in celebrating this historic moment in the life of our local Church. 

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Moments in time

Communities of sisters critical to early Boston

During the 1800s, Bishop Jean Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus, and his successor, Bishop Benedict Joseph Fenwick, were astute enough to know they needed help to build the foundation for Boston’s diocesan institutions. Much of that help came from the orders of religious sisters who settled in Boston.

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Archdiocese closes Bicentennial Year

More than 2,000 congregants packed the South End’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross Nov. 23 to attend the Mass to mark the closing of the archdiocese’s bicentennial year celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley.

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Faithful enlivened by Magnificat Pilgrimage of Hope

BOSTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley joined more than 1,500 pilgrims at Magnificat magazine’s Pilgrimage of Hope Oct. 11 and 12 at Boston’s Convention and Exhibition Center, for prayer, lessons and music.

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Symposium looks at ‘Reclaiming the Treasure’ of religious life

EASTON -- The prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life joined the “Symposium on Apostolic Life: Religious Life Since Vatican II ... Reclaiming the Treasure,” a frank exploration of consecrated life hosted at Stonehill College Sept. 27. The symposium was held in honor of the archdiocese’s bicentennial.

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ARISE teams ready for Sign-up Weekend

BRAINTREE -- Volunteers at more than 160 archdiocese parishes are preparing for Sign-up Weekend Sept. 13-14 for “ARISE Together in Christ,” the archdiocese’s official renewal program for the bicentennial.

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Youth celebrate Bicentennial at Proud 2B Catholic festival

FRAMINGHAM -- Sunshine, good music and fantastic company describe the Proud 2B Catholic Music Festival held Aug. 9. Close to 1,000 people attended the all-day concert, which was the official bicentennial celebration for the youth of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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BPL exhibit focuses on archdiocese’s 200 years of good works

The Bicentennial Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Boston has been a grand affair marked by a Mass with Pope Benedict XVI in New York, a Proud 2B Catholic concert in Framingham Aug. 9 and now an exhibition at the Boston Public Library (BPL). The exhibit, which focuses on the history of the archdiocese as told through artifacts, photographs, books, art and articles, will run until Sept. 30.

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Cardinal Seán Announces
New Weekly Email Initiative

Cardinal Seán O'Malley announced May 24 the launch of a new way of communicating with Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. 

Beginning on May 24, those who take advantage of this new opportunity will receive a “Weekly Email from Cardinal Seán & The Pilot” that will include special messages from Cardinal Seán, content from Cardinal Seán’s Blog, official press releases from the Archdiocese, and links to current stories from The Pilot, new programs from CatholicTV, resources for Mass & Prayer, a calendar of upcoming events around the Archdiocese and other helpful information to deepen Catholic faith life. 

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3,000 represent Boston at N.Y. papal Mass

NEW YORK -- Donning Red Sox apparel and armed with their rosaries, fans of both the Sox and Pope Benedict XVI made their way to Yankee Stadium for the April 20 Papal Mass. Many of the 3,000 pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Boston wore Red Sox caps and entered the ballpark to their chagrin.

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Bicentennial Hymn

Composed by Father Francis P. O'Brien

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'You are Our Legacy'

A bicentennial theme for the 2008 Boston Catholic Men's and Women's Conferences

Composed by Martin Doman

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Catholic Men encouraged to ‘Put out into the deep’

More than 1,500 Catholic men April 19 attended the Boston Catholic Men’s Conference at Boston College and were joined by Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, who shuttled from papal visit in New York City to celebrate the closing Mass and meet with Boston media to describe the meeting between the Holy Father and five local victims of sexual abuse by priests.

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Praise and worship marks Women’s Conference


CHESTNUT HILL -- Speakers at the 3rd annual Boston Catholic Women’s Conference shared their struggles and trust in the Lord with a crowd of more than 2,800 Catholic women from all over New England. The conference, entitled “The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength,” was held at Boston College’s Conte Forum April 18 from 5-10 p.m.

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Bicentennial prayer

All loving and gracious God
We thank you for the Gift of your Son, Jesus Christ.
For two hundred years
We have journeyed together
As members of his Church
In the Archdiocese of Boston.
We have tried to live the Gospel message in service to one another.
Continue to walk with us as we seek to be receptive to your grace in Word and Sacrament.
Send us your Spirit to enlighten our minds, strengthen our wills And open our hearts. By our witness may others know you.
Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, may the Church in Boston
Journey together in Christ with courage, joy and peace.
Amen.


Bicentennial prayer


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