WORCESTER - As the first non-Catholic president in the 118-year history of Assumption University, Greg Weiner provides a unique perspective. "Being Jewish gives me perhaps even a deeper appreciation for the kind of education that we are aspiring to offer.”
Celebrating priesthood involves recalling ways “priests are with us in our happy moments … and our trying moments,” Msgr. Francis D. Kelly said before offering the benediction at the Celebrate Priesthood gala, held Oct. 20 at St. Paul Diocesan Junior/Senior High School in Worcester.
WORCESTER - The Mustard Seed Catholic Worker community, named for the parable of the mustard seed (Mk 4:30-32), turned 50 years old this month. Its official birthday was Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis, the “little poor man of Assisi.”
On Nov. 1, the Diocese of Worcester will welcome a new chief financial officer to the diocese. Bishop McManus has announced that Marybeth Gilmore will replace Paul G. Schasel as director of the Office of Fiscal Affairs.
The Assumption University board of trustees Monday announced that Greg Weiner, Ph.D., has been elected the 17th president of the university. Weiner has served as Assumption’s interim president since April.
Msgr. Francis D. Kelly said he’d start his priesthood all over again if he could. “The important thing to remember is that it’s serving the people,” he said, “but it’s serving them in the name of, and with the love of, the Lord Jesus."
WORCESTER – Theresa had a problem – she didn’t want to live without her beloved dog, but couldn’t take her with her when she moved into St. Mary Health Care Center. Kristin Gorgone, a nurse there, found a solution.
Pat Reardon, a longtime member of Sacred Heart-St. Catherine of Sweden Parish who volunteers there in multiple ways, was honored Sunday for her service as manager of the parish’s St. Anthony’s Food Pantry.
FITCHBURG – Seeking to make “a Christ-centered education” available to those who desire it, St. Bernard Elementary School has organized a symposium to share ideas for how to obtain funding and increase enrollment for Catholic schools.
“I can remember being very moved at being in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and being able to pour out my heart to him in prayer,” Father Laurence V. Brault, pastor of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Upton, shared.
PAXTON - On Saturday, Oct. 1, Anna Maria College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a $5 million, lighted, multi-purpose synthetic athletic field that will become the home of the college’s baseball team.
WEBSTER – Stories of intense personal suffering and Jesus’ torture and death were told at the 2022 Worcester Catholic Women’s Conference that drew nearly 500 people to St. Joseph Elementary School Saturday.
Parishes in the Diocese of Worcester will be taking a special collection for relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Fiona and Hurricane Ian. You may also donate online at worcesterdiocese.org/hurricane-relief.