Diocesan native ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus

Diocesan native ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus

By Kenneth J. Souza, Anchor Staff

ROCHESTER, Mass. — New Bedford native Joseph A. Koczera, 35, was recently ordained …

Diocesan retreat provides quiet time for young women to hear that they are ‘Called by Name’

Diocesan retreat provides quiet time for young women to hear that they are ‘Called by Name’

By Dave Jolivet, Anchor Editor

WAREHAM, Mass. — In 1 Kings 19 when God spoke to Elijah, it wasn’t in the strong wind …

Mercy abounds in the Diocese of Fall River

Mercy abounds in the Diocese of Fall River

By Becky Aubut, Anchor Staff

CUMBERLAND, R.I. — As The Anchor continues to recognize this Year of Consecrated Life, …

Church leaders celebrate July 1 start of earned sick time law

Church leaders celebrate July 1 start of earned sick time law


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The earned sick time law passed by voters last fall took effect July 1. The nearly one million …

‘First-class’ permanent deacon celebrates 35 years of ordained life

‘First-class’ permanent deacon celebrates 35 years of ordained life

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Deacon Leo W. Racine recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of his ordination with his wife …

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Boots on the ground, ships on the sea, and eagle eyes in the sky

Boots on the ground, ships on the sea, and eagle eyes in the sky

There are many out there lamenting the state of our union in the U.S. Some believe good is rapidly losing rights and privileges …

Move-in ready

Move-in ready

Wednesday 1 July 2015 — Homeport: 02541 — U.S. Postal Service introduces ZIP codes (1963)

In the …

The weekly Mother’s Day

The weekly Mother’s Day

The Christian week has a holy rhythm that those who are striving to respond to the Lord’s call to holiness through a plan of …

Pray for vocations

Pray for vocations

Several days ago I received an invitation from Deacon Jack Schrader to attend his ordination and first Mass. He will be ordained a …

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 …

Foundering on confusion

Foundering on confusion

My first reaction to the judicial decision to call same-sex unions “marriages” was the grief and discouragement common to many, but …

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 …

Wherever You send me

Wherever You send me

Last year at Bishop Stang High School the administration started a new “legacy” recognition for faculty on the last day of school. Teachers …

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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