New board hopes to address ‘vocations crisis’

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By Kenneth J. Souza, Anchor Staff

TAUNTON, Mass. — Acknowledging that vocations are a “crucial thing in the life of …

UMD Campus Ministry seeks to aid as young students ‘Embark’ on new life

UMD Campus Ministry seeks to aid as young students ‘Embark’ on new life

By Dave Jolivet, Anchor Editor

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — “Any transition is difficult in life,” said Father David C. …

Promoting vocations in the diocese and beyond

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By Christine M. Williams, Anchor Correspondent

WAREHAM, Mass. — Two priests and three seminarians from New York biked …

Two new task forces created to study diocesan parishes and schools

Two new task forces created to study diocesan parishes and schools

By Dave Jolivet, Anchor Editor

FALL RIVER, Mass. — When Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., became the pastoral shepherd …

Newly-appointed associate vocations director reflects on task at hand

Newly-appointed associate vocations director reflects on task at hand

By Kenneth J. Souza, Anchor Staff

FALL RIVER, Mass. — It was just two weeks before the one-year anniversary of his …

Family, friends and students say goodbye to beloved Sister Pat

Family, friends and students say goodbye to beloved Sister Pat

By Becky Aubut, Anchor Staff

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — “‘Say not with sadness that she is no more, but say with thankfulness …

Fall River Diocesan Pro-Life Boot Camp gears up for fifth annual session

Fall River Diocesan Pro-Life Boot Camp gears up for fifth annual session

By Dave Jolivet, Anchor Editor

NORTH EASTON, Mass. — Soldiers may be born with the courage to stand up for what they …

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I didn’t start the fire, but am I trying to fight it?

I didn’t start the fire, but am I trying to fight it?

In 1989 Billy Joel wrote a song called, “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” The chorus rang out: 

We didn’t start the fire
It was …

The way of aloha

The way of aloha

Wednesday 24 June 2015 — Homeport: Falmouth Harbor –— Priests’ Moving Day

You know me, dear readers. …

Spiritual reading

Spiritual reading

Eight days ago, Pope Francis published his encyclical on the environment entitled, Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home. …

It’s the responsibility of us all

It’s the responsibility of us all

Annually there is a national meeting of the diocesan directors of the Propagation of the Faith. Varying members of the Pontifical Mission …

The ministry of family

The ministry of family

“All things therefore are charged with love, are charged with God and if we knew how to touch them give off sparks and take fire, yield drops …

The banking of sperm and eggs before cancer treatments

The banking of sperm and eggs before cancer treatments

Chemotherapy and radiation can affect sexual organs and how they work. The American Cancer Society addresses the potential effects …

Marriage and motherhood

Marriage and motherhood

“Matrimony is an older word for Marriage — but it remains quite recognizable today. Merriam-Webster [still] defines it as “the joining …

Happy birthday to the rule of law

Happy birthday to the rule of law

June 15, was the 800th birthday of the Magna Carta, the “Great Charter” which inaugurated government limited by the rule of law. When …

We are the storytellers

We are the storytellers

Our story — where do we begin? We all have stories to share, whether young or old. We have a beginning, maybe a middle depending on our age, …

This is holy ground

This is holy ground

It was 7:30 p.m. as we began celebration of Mass here at St. Francis Church. Now ordinarily at this hour I myself would be comfortably …

Direct my steps

Direct my steps

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked about packing and unpacking, moving and relocating in the past few weeks. Nor can I count the …

Don’t give up five minutes before the miracle

Don’t give up five minutes before the miracle

Welcome to the first column entitled, “It’s What We Do.” I intend to use this space to bring our readers closer to the lives of those we serve …

‘Why don’t we work to make it happen?’

‘Why don’t we work to make it happen?’

It had been a long, exhausting day. Teachers and students had spent the morning and early afternoon at a park near the school. My students …

I am who I am

I am who I am

Father Bob Oliveira is my new “go to guy” for funny quips and quotes and amusing stories. Without shame, but with great thanks to him, I am …

A day in the life

A day in the life

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article here that outlined a day in the parish. I recently did another one …

Dear younger me (the conclusion)

Dear younger me (the conclusion)

Here is the much anticipated part-two of last month’s article on advice to a younger self. There was so much great advice that it couldn’t …

The good you do through the gift you are

The good you do through the gift you are

I look forward to this time of year when I see many of you feeling the excitement of graduation and taking the next step on your …

The many branches of consecrated life

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Pope Francis recently declared 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life. What is consecrated life? It is a gift conferred by Christ …

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