FALL RIVER, Mass. — In between working on the weekly edition of The Anchor, the staff at the official diocesan newspaper has been busy putting together the annual Catholic Directory for the Fall River Diocese.
The newly-revised 2015-2016 edition of the Catholic Directory for the Fall River Diocese has been dedicated to the “Year for Consecrated Life,” as established by Pope Francis, and features a cover collage of various religious — priests, Brothers and Sisters — who have ministered in the diocese.
Prominent among them is Sister Patricia Mary Harrington, R.S.M., who passed away May 30, 2015 after teaching at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro for more than 45 years. The central portrait of the beloved Sister of Mercy was painted by artist Jean Monti, parent of two Feehan students, and was used with the artist’s kind permission.
The cover also depicts representatives of the following religious communities working in the diocese: Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, Society of Divine Vocations, Missionaries of Charity, Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, Sisters of Our Lady of La Salette, Congregation of the Holy Cross, and the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
In addition, this year’s directory has added a special tabbed “Religious Communities” section after the priests and deacons sections to honor and highlight all those orders which serve the diocese.
“We thought the best way to celebrate the ‘Year of Consecrated Life’ was to showcase the many religious communities that minister in our diocese with a special section and more photos,” said Kenneth J. Souza, reporter for The Anchor and coordinator for the directory. “We’ve also added some candid photos — in a yearbook format — throughout this new edition of the directory.”
This annual information resource, published by The Anchor, has consistently been the go-to reference guide for all parishes, offices and apostolates within the Fall River Diocese and has continued to offer more information with each subsequent edition over the past few years.
Copies of the 2015 Catholic Directory are expected to begin shipping next week.
The new full-color, spiral-bound directory tops out at more than 260 pages — including 11 heavy stock insert tabs and front and back covers — and is the largest edition The Anchor has published to date.
According to Souza, many of the changes and additions to this year’s directory were made in consultation with Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve upon previous editions,” Souza said. “So we met with Bishop da Cunha earlier this year to ask if he had any suggestions or things he’d like to see in the directory.
“He was the one who suggested we focus on the ‘Year for Consecrated Life,’ and he had some good recommendations about expanding the diocesan information at the front of the book and how to present the diocesan history and former bishops sections.”
As in past years, the directory provides updated telephone and address listings of all diocesan offices, personnel, archives, priests’ residences, councils and apostolates ranging from The Anchor to Catholic Social Services and its many offices, campus ministry, the Development Office, Chancery, Faith Formation, insurance, legal, communications, scouting, shelters, vocations and more.
The popular “Parishes and Missions” section — which makes up the bulk of the book — now includes updated photos of the main church, mission location (if any), and even thumbnail photos of the pastor or parochial administrator at each location. All of the Mass schedules and contact information have been updated, and The Anchor has made a concerted effort this year to include parish website and email addresses, which have become the key mode of contact in this computer- and smartphone-savvy era.
All pages contain some element of color for the first time this year, and new graphics and logos have been created for the headings of each section.
Also new this year is an expanded index of parishes (listed alphabetically and by geographical area) and advertisers (listed alphabetically and by service category).
As always, the continued support of dedicated advertisers is pivotal to the directory’s annual success; and the 2015-2016 Catholic Directory is not only the largest volume of its kind to date, but also boasts a record number of advertising sponsors.
“This edition of our directory is the most successful one we’ve ever had from an advertising perspective,” said Wayne R. Powers, advertising director for The Anchor and the directory. “I think people know it’s still one of the best vehicles and values to make their products and services known throughout the diocese.”
“We’re very proud of this year’s edition of the directory and I think people will find it to be an invaluable resource for diocesan information,” Souza added.
To order a copy of the newly-published 2015-2016 Catholic Directory, send a check for $23 made payable to “Anchor Publishing,” to Anchor Publishing Co., P.O. Box 7, Fall River, Mass. 02722; or use the handy coupon that appears in the ad in this and subsequent editions. You can also place an order online at www.anchornews.org or by calling 508-675-7151.