Bishop’s Blog: Preparing for Christmas

Bishop’s Blog: Preparing for Christmas

O Antiphons The Church has its own countdown—the O Antiphons of Advent— which begin on December 17 and conclude on Christmas Eve.  The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of

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Bishop’s Blog: USCCB 2020 General Assembly Meeting

Bishop’s Blog: USCCB 2020 General Assembly Meeting

  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for the 2020 Fall General Assembly from November 16-17, this year, in a virtual format. This gathering, one of the best-attended general assemblies, was unique not only in its form but in the necessity of condensing three

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Bishop’s Blog: News and Notables

Bishop’s Blog: News and Notables

  Yesterday, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM, Cap. of Boston, Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester) and I released a statement regarding the pending state budget, which includes Senate amendment (No. 180). The statement offers more information as it relates to the Catholic faith, and our opposition

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Bishop’s Blog: Building Faith Anniversary

Bishop’s Blog: Building Faith Anniversary

  In October 2019, I introduced my new Building Faith blog, which came as both a fruit of the diocesan Rebuilding in Faith and Hope initiative and a wonderful way to celebrate my fifth year as Bishop of Fall River. It was my desire to utilize this weekly

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Bishop’s Blog: Looking Forward to November

Bishop’s Blog: Looking Forward to November

Deacon Candidates Last evening, seventeen men were admitted to candidacy for the Permanent Diaconate of the Diocese of Fall River. Admission to candidacy occurs when the prospective candidates have reached maturity of purpose and have demonstrated other necessary qualifications along with their completion of the required preparatory

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