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  1. Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield name new director of communicationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | Iobserve

    Stark is responsible for developing, writing and producing various printed and e-publications, providing printed materials and signs, publicity for events, advertising, and technical support. She will also work to cultivate and maintain relationships with local, regional and national media, as well as Catholic media, and produce content for the Sisters of St. Joseph social media sites.


  2. Youths from diocese join thousands at Steubenville East ConferenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 16 | Iobserve

    Twenty-five hundred teenagers from New England converged on the Tsongas Center at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell for the annual Steubenville East Catholic Youth Conference, held Friday July 13 through Sunday, July 15. Close to 75 youths from the Diocese of Springfield took part in the weekend retreat presented by Life Teen youth ministries, which included eucharistic adoration, Mass, confession and talks geared toward the youth. Music was a major part of the weekend, as the praise and worship band, led by Jon Niven, had the teens on their feet.


  3. Furniture, supplies arrive at new Pope Francis Preparatory High SchoolRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 13 | Iobserve

    Moving trucks lined the entrance to Pope Francis Preparatory School this past week as several hundred boxes containing everything from office supplies, sheet music and trophies, to transcripts, art materials and computer monitors were delivered from the old Pope Francis on Springfield Street in Chicopee to settle into the new school at 99 Wendover Rd. in Springfield. This was one of several large-scale moves happening during this summer, said Ellen Dziura, who is leading the effort to coordinate the packing and moving of the contents of the Chicopee campus to the new Springfield location.


  4. Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate special anniversaries with Mass, private gatheringRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 12, 2018 | Iobserve

    Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield who entered religious life 60, 65, 70, 75 or 85 years ago, celebrated their anniversaries June 10. The sisters marked the occasion with a Mass and private gathering at Mont Marie in Holyoke. Sister Jean Bostley entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Holy Trinity Parish in Greenfield.


  5. Pope Francis High School grads ready to soarRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 9, 2018 | Iobserve

    Eighty-four graduates of the Pope Francis High School Class of 2018 threw their caps in the air outside of St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield, Friday evening, June 8, following the commencement exercises. The class is the second to graduate from the new Pope Francis High School in the Diocese of Springfield, since the merger of the former Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School.


  6. OBITUARY: Sister Mary Immaculata, OPRead the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2018 | Iobserve

    Dominican Sister Mary Immaculata, 94, of the Dominican Nuns in West Springfield, died on Friday, May 18 at Mt. St. Vincent Care Center in Holyoke, after a long illness.


  7. New priests begin ministry with personal gifts from their experiencesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 18, 2018 | Iobserve

    There was a time when Deacon Minh Vu wanted to be a politician in his native Vietnam. Then he met the kids living in Ho Chi Minh City, popularly known as Saigon.


  8. Young adults say encuentro process a lighting a firea in people of faithRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2018 | Iobserve

    Pastoral leaders of episcopal Region I South have taken to heart the encuentro call to be a church in mission that engages and forms Hispanic Catholic youth and young adults to live out their missionary vocation. That was evident in young adults being invited to share their experiences at the region's encuentro, or encounter, at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield May 12. Reaching out to Hispanic/Latino youth and young adults has been a top priority of the U.S. Catholic Church's multiyear process leading up to V Encuentro, or the National Fifth Encuentro, in Texas in September.


  9. Elms College to recognize William F. Frain with Via Veritatis MedalRead the original story w/Photo

    May 3, 2018 | Iobserve

    College of Our Lady of the Elms has announced that it will present the 2018 Via Veritatis Medal to William F. Frain during its 87th commencement exercises in May in recognition of his dedication to education, children, and the less fortunate. Although Frain has enjoyed a long and successful career in financial services, according to a press release issued by the college April 30, "his true legacy will be defined by his generosity, leadership, and lifelong commitment to education and service."


  10. OBITUARY: Sister Judith Smeltz, SSJRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 30, 2018 | Iobserve

    Sister of St. Joseph Judith Smeltz, 75, known in religion as Sister Margaret Robert, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield on April 28. Born in Kingston, N.Y., she was the daughter of Robert A. and Margaret M. Smeltz. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Syracuse, N.Y., in 1960.


  11. Dozens gather to witness for life on Good FridayRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2018 | Iobserve

    It has become a solemn tradition on Good Friday for Catholics to gather outside of Planned Parenthood in Springfield on Wason Avenue. But the more than 75 people who met at 10 a.m. Friday, March 30 to pray the Stations of the Cross and the rosary were filled with great hope.


  12. U.S. church to welcome thousands of new Catholics at Easter Vigil MassesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2018 | Iobserve

    By entering the Catholic Church, catechumens and candidates are joining the history of God's plan to redeem the world from sin, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process began in February. "It is by communion with Jesus Christ that God's history becomes our history," Archbishop Vigneron told the congregation in his homily Feb. 18 during the first milestone in RCIA - the Rite of Election.


  13. OBITUARY: Father John C. ChwalekRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 10, 2018 | Iobserve

    Father John C. Chwalek, 95, a priest of the Springfield Diocese and member of the Ordination Class of 1948, died on March 9, 2018 in Pittsfield. He was born on Oct. 7, 1922 in Indian Orchard and was a native of Immaculate Conception Parish there, the son of the late .


  14. The Gray House to host 27th annual spaghetti supperRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 5, 2018 | Iobserve

    The Gray House will hold its 27th Annual Spaghetti Supper on Monday, March 19 at the Greek Cultural Center, 8 Plainfield St., in Springfield from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All proceeds from the family-friendly event help The Gray House provide food, educational services and youth programming to neighbors living in poverty. This year's event sponsor is Freedom Credit Union.


  15. March/April digital issue of The Catholic Mirror is now onlineRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2018 | Iobserve

    The digital version of the March/April issue of The Catholic Mirror is now available here: . Highlights include a look at two ministries that are changing lives and bringing hope to children and adults in western Massachusetts with support from the Annual Catholic Appeal: The Gray House in Springfield and Providence Ministries in Holyoke.


  16. Elms College to host talk by Sister Jane Morrissey on - Unruly Nuns' bookRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2018 | Iobserve

    College of Our Lady of the Elms will host a reading and discussion with Sister of St. Joseph Jane Morrissey, Class of 1962, at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Alumnae Library Theater. Morrissey, the former president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield and a former member of the faculty at Elms, will read from and discuss her contributions to the book Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters' Stories , edited by Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, and Ana Kothe .


  17. Elms College names YWCA director Elizabeth Dineen new trusteeRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 20, 2018 | Iobserve

    The board of trustees at College of Our Lady of the Elms have appointed Elizabeth Dineen, Class of 1977, executive director of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, to be a new member of the board. Dineen has had a long career of community service, first serving as an assistant district attorney for 25 years prosecuting child sexual abuse and rape cases, then entering an academic career as the director of the criminal justice program at Bay Path University, and now at the YWCA, whose mission - "eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all" - is consistent with that of Elms College.


  18. The Gray House inducts two new members to its board of directorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 13, 2018 | Iobserve

    The Gray House inducted two new board members to three-year terms at its December board meeting. They were welcomed at the January board meeting by the president and officers of the board.


  19. A life fulfilled: The joys of my ministry as a Sister of St. JosephRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 2, 2018 | Iobserve

    Sister of St. Joseph Natalie Cain visits with retired Sister of St. Joseph Edie McAlice. Editor's note: The following is a guest commentary submitted by Sister Natalie Cain, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, to mark the Feb. 2 celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life.


  20. Catholic school teachers honored with teaching excellence awardRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 1, 2018 | Iobserve

    Children and teachers gathered in the gym at St. Mary Academy in Longmeadow Tuesday, Jan. 30 for morning prayers. But their daily routine was suddenly interrupted by what's become known as the "Prize Patrol," out on a mission to honor dedicated teachers.


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