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Retirements of Three Priests, New Assignments for Others Announced

FALL RIVER — Bishop George W. Coleman has announced the retirement of three priests of the Fall River Diocese and new assignments for several other priests. The Bishop has accepted the request to retire of the Rev. Thomas L. Rita, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs

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2014 Catholic Charities Appeal Passes $2 Million at End of May

FALL RIVER– The end of May marked the close of the fourth week of the Fall River Diocese 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal and the total reported from its parishes passed the $2 million mark, Appeal officials have announced. Proceeds from the Catholic Charities Appeal provide funding for

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Holy Hour for Vocations to Take Place on Eve of Ordination

TAUNTON — On the eve of his ordination to the priesthood, Transitional Deacon Christopher Peschel will lead a Holy Hour to pray for vocations to the Church on Friday, June 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Taunton. All are invited to

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Deacon Christopher Peschel to Be Ordained a Priest for Diocese

FALL RIVER — Transitional Deacon Christopher Peschel will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fall River by Bishop George W. Coleman in an 11 a.m. Mass on Saturday, June 7, in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River. On Sunday, June 8, he will celebrate his

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“Find the Face of Christ in Your Neighbor” is 2014 Catholic Charities Appeal Theme

FALL RIVER– Pope Francis provided the inspiring words that frame this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal.  In December he was quoted as saying: “In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face, by loving and helping the poor we love and serve Christ”  This underscores the efforts of

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Statement in Response to Lawsuit Filed Against Fall River Diocese and Retired Hartford Archbishop

In July 2012, a claim was brought against the Fall River Diocese by two adult males alleging they had been abused as minors by the Reverend Monsignor Maurice Souza, a priest of the Fall River Diocese who died in 1996 at 83 years old. According to the

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